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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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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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August, Rural Broadband Month at the FCC Wraps Up

August, Rural Broadband Month at the FCC Wraps Up

While it would have made more sense for me to share FCC Chairman Pai’s blog on Rural Broadband Month at the FCC approximately 30 days ago, late is certainly better than never.  I think there is a real value to hearing in the Chairman’s own words, his thoughts on rural broadband and his reasons for elevating the discussion and hopefully continuing his quest, along with his fellow commissioners, for a solution!   FCC Chair Ajit Pai announces… I’m pleased to…

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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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Ready for the Eclipse

Ready for the Eclipse

Regionalpalooza continues and we’re here in Coralville, Iowa where NTCA members are likely going to be far more entertained by the eclipse today than they were by any remarks I had to make…so what better way to get them ready?  Hand out certified eclipse eyewear to ensure that we can protect the assets in our GHP vision plan! Unfortunately, the day opened with thunderstorms and torrential downpours and cloudy skies but just enough of view to make it a memory…

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Partnerships Really Do Help Serve Underserved Communities

Partnerships Really Do Help Serve Underserved Communities

I can’t believe that Dennis Bachman, CEO of Citizens Connected in New Auburn, Wisconsin didn’t call me to tell me about his exciting new partnership with his local electric cooperative…but maybe that’s because he was too busy pulling this partnership together, so he’s totally off the hook! The notice in the Wisconsin statewide newsletter reported that Cornell-based Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative and Citizens Connected have begun building a fiber optic network with initial construction underway along the shore of Lake…

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My Smartphone Is Simply My Mobile Option

My Smartphone Is Simply My Mobile Option

The FCC just launched its annual inquiry into whether broadband  – or “advanced telecommunications capability”  – is being deployed to all Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion”.   The 2017 version of this inquiry has a few twists to it.  Instead of focusing on fixed broadband as they have in the past, this time the FCC is asking if its broadband deployment report should focus on whether some form of advanced telecommunications capability, be it fixed or wireless, is…

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While The Collective Is More Powerful Than The Individual…

While The Collective Is More Powerful Than The Individual…

…….the individuals themselves are pretty interesting! Instead of taking the full hour of our monthly all staff meeting to review highlights from each division, we used the opportunity at our most recent meeting to ask each of our team members in our Arlington office to share an interesting fact about themselves.  In an effort to “sweeten the pot” for the task, I had a basket of candy bars that were shipped back from a recent NTCA regional meeting (it’s a long story and let’s just…

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