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Cyber Month….Are You Ready?

Cyber Month….Are You Ready?

The more I hear about cyber threats and the “spot on” but frightening adage that it’s not “if” but “when” you’ll be impacted by an attack, the more I am motivated to ensure that NTCA stays in front of our membership pushing cyber awareness. How appropriate that our upcoming Cybersecurity Summit will take place next week – smack in the middle of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The location is central, in Kansas City, in the early part of next week and…

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Oh Give Me A Home….

Oh Give Me A Home….

It’s the last regional of the year as we kick off in Jackson, Wyoming this week.  We’re between seasons here in Jackson which means the room rates are hovering at $100 a night or about double the price of valet parking at a DC hotel, the streets are a tad quiet and the snow fell beautifully the other evening as I lugged my parka gladly around with me for this meeting.  In addition, NTCA member SilverStar Communications serves in the…

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SMC Team Are All Rock Stars!

SMC Team Are All Rock Stars!

The end of this week has myself and a few of our Arlington team down in Asheville at our SMC operation for our annual SMC planning session.  These two days of discussion are the perfect opportunity for key members of our team  – focused on the benefits that we provide to our member companies  – to reflect on the services we offer and how we continue to adapt to the changing benefit needs of NTCA members as their industry, environment…

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A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

A Ton of Topics Covered at Fall Conference!

Just jumped on the NE Regional train heading back to DC after a few really excellent days in Philadelphia for NTCA’s Fall Conference.  A little tired but really pleased with the level of engagement from our membership, the full rooms for all of the sessions and the number of questions that were raised as folks pondered FCC activity, Capitol Hill advocacy, partnership possibilities, the role of fiber in 5G deployments, competitive workplace culture shifts, moving from a processing to selling…

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What A Week It Was….

What A Week It Was….

So much going on these days….Mike Dolezal, CEO of Range Telecom in Montana came out to DC this week and presented on behalf of NTCA to the Senate Dems Rural Summit on the importance of rural broadband.  Not only did Mike do a terrific job, but he also had a an opportunity to connect with Senator Jon Tester from his home state. I journeyed on to Maine to meet with the Telecommunications Association of Maine and join them in their…

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Equifax? What Next?

Equifax? What Next?

Let me just say how underwhelmed I have been with Equifax’s sense of urgency (or lack thereof!) after the recent data breach of their network. In this day of network vulnerability, the huge business on the dark web and American’s increasing reliance on online activity – this breach was bound to happen. Maybe that’s what surprises and disappoints me so much about the credit agency’s ability to deal with the aftermath. Yes, I tepidly checked in (should I really leave…

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Maine “Street Cred”

Maine “Street Cred”

  I’m wrapping up my second visit to Maine in a month and am hoping for honorary citizenship soon!  My first trip was a month ago along with Senator Angus King and FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel to celebrate UniTel’s Smart Rural Community designation and to all host a community-wide broadband discussion in Unity, Maine.  My trip this week was to join the broadband providers in Maine and their statewide association, TAM, celebrate their 50 year anniversary as an organization focused on…

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Preaching Partnering, Not Poaching

Preaching Partnering, Not Poaching

Heinz ketchup art?  Then I must be in Pittsburgh.  Indeed, I did a quick day trip to the ongoing NRECA (national electric cooperative association) meeting regional meeting in Pittsburgh where I was invited to be on a panel “Broadband: We’re All In This Together” along with CFC, NRTC, CoBank and NRECA.  No surprise that I was the voice of partnership and collaboration on the panel  and reminded folks in attendance (and the room was packed) that “if rural broadband were…

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Broadband Providers With Heart

Broadband Providers With Heart

Everyone knew that Harvey would be a significant storm and we are still awaiting the outcome of the storm’s impact in Texas and now Louisiana.  Pictured above is the crew from YK Communications in Granado, Texas as they worked to keep up their rural networks even during the height of the storm.  I received a wonderful note from their President who noted how proud he was of his team for ensuring that they stayed on duty and kept the networks…

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Senator Grassley Hits All 99 Iowa Counties Each Year

Senator Grassley Hits All 99 Iowa Counties Each Year

As Senator Grassley does his grand summer tour, hitting all 99 counties in the state of Iowa, he stopped this week at Delta Metals, a company that provides custom roof panels in rural Leon, Iowa and met with NTCA Director Ron Hinds (who also moonlights as the GM for GRM Networks providing advanced communications services in Missouri and Iowa) and Wendal Yoder, the manager of Delta Metals.  As Senator Grassley met with community members during his town hall meeting, Ron…

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