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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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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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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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A New York State of Mind

A New York State of Mind

I am in the final stages of my journey to Lake Placid, New York where I had the fabulous opportunity to exchange some ideas with the members of the New York State Telecom Association for the past two days.  While the trip is not a cakewalk, it is an important reminder that New York  – the state – is certainly not New York City!  As a matter of fact, there is a lot of green space, a lot of mountains,…

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Visiting the Blue Grass State

Visiting the Blue Grass State

I do a lot of plane landings…in many places.  But I will say that one of the most beautiful landings of all is here in Kentucky at the Lexington Blue Grass Airport.  The slow descent brings you over pastures of green as far as your eye can see, ringed by white fences and if you’re lucky enough from the air, you can see the horses milling about their playground.  And then you really know that you’re in Kentucky because you…

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One of the Real Good Guys

One of the Real Good Guys

It’s easy to be cynical about Washington and that cynicism goes back to the start of our union. However, the addition of a 24-hour news cycle along with the rapid rise of social media has made it harder and harder to avoid the partisan squabbles and chants of “drain the swamp.” (I’ve always wondered if trade associations are considered part of the swamp but since I represent the “good guys,” I’ve tried not to think about this too hard!) But…

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The Big Easy Meets Telecom State Execs

The Big Easy Meets Telecom State Execs

Mike Romano and I headed down to New Orleans at the start of the week for the annual meeting of all the state association telecom executives. What a valuable platform this meeting is for state leaders to compare notes and approaches with the many issues and topics that are impacting our industry. A huge shoutout to Colleen Jamison with James Caplinger, CHTD in Kansas, who took on the role this year of chairing the group, NCSTA, and did a marvelous…

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