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Minnesota Nice…and Productive!

Minnesota Nice…and Productive!

Hanging out in the Minnesota airport ready to head back to Washington, D.C. later this afternoon and thinking that while my time on the ground with the folks from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance was brief, it was productive and really enjoyable. While news of pending snow made me opt for boots instead of high heels for this trip, the continued winter weather doesn’t slow down NTCA’s Minnesota members at all.  I landed yesterday in time to listen in to the…

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The Importance of Getting Out of DC

The Importance of Getting Out of DC

Talk about just what I needed!  I have been in talks with DirectLink President Paul Hauer out in Oregon for a few months now trying to coordinate calendars to see what I can do about getting out to his part of the world to see what he and his innovative team has been up to.  Given that Paul is a member of our Future’s Group as well as someone that I regularly use to bounce ideas and programming thoughts around…

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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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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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Is This Heaven?

Is This Heaven?

Not quite, but it was a cloudy Iowa where NTCA just hosted our 4th regional meeting of the year.  Coralville has certainly “grown up” since the last time we were there and I appreciated all of the folks who spent several hours in their cars to make it to the meeting. It was a great opportunity to gather with our folks from the NE and Central regions and I even took a quick detour off of the highway to swing…

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Got to Love Sioux Falls!

Got to Love Sioux Falls!

I am traveling back from the Regional Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this week.  The location is ideal given the key leadership role that Senator Thune, local boy gone to Washington, has played in communications policy and his continued active engagement in meeting the challenge of rural broadband deployment.  One of the things I love about this region is that the turn-out is as strong as it is for our “more tropical” locations for these meetings in the Southeast….

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Talking Rural Broadband with USDA

Talking Rural Broadband with USDA

USDA was hopping today with a meeting on rural prosperity down one end of a hallway and a meeting that Tom Wacker and I had with Anne Hazlett, the new Rural Development Assistant to the Secretary down another. We were also joined in the meeting by Jannine Miller who has joined USDA as the Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure and between the four of us, could have spent three hours instead of just the one talking about rural broadband. Hazlett…

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Another Broken Toe, Another Regional Meeting….

Another Broken Toe, Another Regional Meeting….

Maybe I should have been blessed with more coordination, or maybe with smaller feet….either way, this past weekend saw me again knocking into something that was strong than my toes and another one of my phalanges has paid the price.  I know that phalange is the medical term for toe since I have now had more than enough reason over the past few years to do my internet research….. Thankfully, the trip to Phoenix for our Southwest Regional Conference was…

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Capitol Hill is Busy, Chairman Thune Hits the Key Question

Capitol Hill is Busy, Chairman Thune Hits the Key Question

Given the need that our young (and youngest) generations have for broadband and speedy access and connectivity—for school, research, job searches and making our world a more global one for the next generation, it was fitting that Brent Christensen, the state executive for Minnesota Telecom Alliance and vice president of Christensen Communications Co., brought his grandson out to be part of the Minnesota lobbying crew that hit the Hill yesterday. Seriously, I am certain that this young gentleman had his own…

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