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Strengthening Your DEFENSE

Strengthening Your DEFENSE

National security is a hot topic here in D.C. and I recently asked someone who works in that space what their biggest concern was, and it wasn’t a nuclear attack from North Korea or implications from the fall out of the Iran nuclear deal—it was cybersecurity—without a moment of hesitation. At NTCA, we’ve really been focused on the cyber threat and the tools needed to help NTCA members manage and protect their networks and I am really proud of the…

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Rural Broadband Providers Gather in Fargo…

Rural Broadband Providers Gather in Fargo…

Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined our group for some send-off remarks prior to the close of our meeting this afternoon. Rep. Cramer has championed numerous letters to the FCC advocating for USF High-Cost support. He has also been a voice of sanity on the current frenzy in DC to allow overbuilding of broadband facilities supported by federal funds–with additional federal funds–(this strikes me as inefficient and a serious waste of government resources!) and even gave a shout-out to NTCA members for…

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Stories from the Sho-Me States

Stories from the Sho-Me States

It seems that every time I come back to the Springfield/Branson area, there are more things hopping in the area. This time, I noticed that the airport has continued to turn itself from a sleepy commuter hub to a sleek, modern facility with more electric outlets than any I have seen in my recent travels. Never underestimate the power (no pun intended) or importance of airport outlets; I’ve been known to hang out in the O’Hare Airport bathrooms simply because…

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The Power of Data-Driven Marketing

The Power of Data-Driven Marketing

NTCA’s Rural Telecom magazine just ran a terrific story in its latest edition on the move to data as a key marketing tool for rural broadband providers. The ability to tap billing analysis and other data-driven strategies have really made it possible to bring more clarity and fine-tune marketing plans in addition to improving the customer experience and increasing the company’s ROI. Clearly, the days of mass marketing as a strategy are in the rearview mirror. Part of this evolution…

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A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

Our nation’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be convening critical discussions early this week when they convene their DHS National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City this Tuesday. As a kick-off to the summit, DHS is hosting a closed-door roundtable with about 20 CEOs from the financial, energy, IT and communications sectors. Their collective goal is to bring together government and private sector officials to lay out a vision for a defense model to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure…

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More to Talk About in Idaho

More to Talk About in Idaho

This week, Anne Hazlett, special assistant to USDA Secretary Perdue, traveled many miles to share some of her key and timely insights with NTCA members in Idaho for our second regional meeting of the “summer tour”. Her timing was spot on with the NOI being released today for the RUS pilot program included in the Omnibus legislation earlier this year. She shared key insights as she and her team work toward crafting rules that make sense and encourage broadband deployment…

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On to Our Regional Road Show…Change Management Atop Agenda

On to Our Regional Road Show…Change Management Atop Agenda

Just making my way through a crowded, storm-impacted airport in Charlotte, N.C. after our first NTCA regional meeting of the summer. We’ve begun our grand finale of regional meetings in grand fashion with an amazing program and relevant topics in large part due to Mark Marion and Dennis McGarry on our fabulous training and development team. Cyber risk management, the future of video, using change management to drive excellence, AMAC’s timely session on industry tips for adapting to change and…

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All Politics is Local….

All Politics is Local….

Legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once famously declared that “all politics is local”. And I do believe that. Politics of any issue impact us wherever we might live and regarding whatever it is we might care deeply about. It’s one of the reasons why this past weekend, I opened my home up to fellow neighbors for a wine, cheese and chat to host a local Arlington County board candidate who happens to be an Independent (the purple candidate)…

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A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

There are so many applications for critical services that are broadband-enabled and frankly, many of these services are even more vital in a rural community due to the handicap of distance. Chief among them? Access to rural health care services. This has been one of the main reasons why NTCA has been so focused on ways we can help enable a more robust opportunity to bring telemedicine services over the broadband networks our members provide. This is also why we…

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And so it begins……

And so it begins……

The mercury in the thermometers is inching up and the sure sign of summer finally being here is the number of industry meetings that will be taking place across the country. It was a treat to travel to the Telecom Insurance Group meeting up in Maine earlier this week – and not just because the temperature was lovely and the smell of pine was in the air. Our friends at TIG had a great program that covered several risks folks…

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