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Rural Broadband Story Shared With Senate Ag

Rural Broadband Story Shared With Senate Ag

As if traveling east for the NTCA Fall Conference wasn’t disruptive enough for Denny Law, CEO of Golden West in South Dakota, Denny added another day to his schedule and traveled down to DC from Philly to be NTCA’s witness before the Senate Agriculture Committee this morning. This morning’s hearing “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” was an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of the RUS lending program as well as how – ideally –…

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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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The Face Behind the Voice

The Face Behind the Voice

NTCA’s very own SVP of Industry Affairs and Business Development Michael Romano testified today before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade at their hearing on “Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America”.  It was certainly a week for these discussions and Mike was the perfect “clean up batter” and voice on the topic for the rural broadband industry with his testimony. Mike shared that providing robust, scalable and sustainable broadband in rural areas is…

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Underfunded USF Support Will Stop Rural Broadband Investment

Underfunded USF Support Will Stop Rural Broadband Investment

What is now becoming clearly the draconian impacts of the USF’s budget mechanism control on the high cost fund will have numerous opportunities to be shared this week as I had the chance to tell the story of rural broadband providers and the challenges they face trying to continue to build broadband in rural markets with budget controls that are severely impacting their ability to get the job done before the Senate today, mapping will be on the agenda tomorrow…

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A Moment of Civility

A Moment of Civility

I find the state of Maine to be one of the more politically interesting states with a long history of independent thinking and a true mix of political takes.  It was pretty fascinating having some time with Senator Angus King from Maine yesterday during a lunch we had hosted for the Senator with a number of our communications and financing colleagues around the table with us. Obviously, the tensions in Washington, D.C. have been running extremely high, even before the…

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Rural Broadband Women Hit DC!

Rural Broadband Women Hit DC!

What a great group and a terrific advocacy adventure! Fifteen very cool, very accomplished women in the rural broadband industry traveled to Washington DC yesterday to interact with and support female policymakers. From Colorado to South Dakota, from Wisconsin to Kentucky – some of our fabulous RLEC leadership traveled in to help me host a few political events and to talk about the need to right-size the universal service fund to support sufficient broadband deployment. We started off the day…

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Rules of the Road Matter – NTCA’s Stance on the Net Neutrality Proceedings

Rules of the Road Matter – NTCA’s Stance on the Net Neutrality Proceedings

Sometimes in all of the complex legal back-and-forth and incredibly heated rhetoric about Title I or Title II, the practical issues that created the net neutrality debates in the first place get lost in the shuffle. But, throughout these debates, NTCA has focused specifically on the practical – regardless of the basis for any regulation, the primary practical concern for NTCA has been and still is what can happen in the absence of any rules or regulatory framework at all….

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Senator Cortez Masto Connects With NTCA on Infrastructure

Senator Cortez Masto Connects With NTCA on Infrastructure

How fitting that Leif Oveson and I were called up to meet with Senator Cortez Masto, Senate Commerce Committee member from Nevada, right in the middle of Infrastructure Week. While we had the opportunity to discuss with the Senator why broadband is such a vital component for any infrastructure proposal, we were also able to share how Smart Rural Communities are leading efforts across rural America to ensure that rural communities have the same access to innovation and technology as…

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Finally….

Finally….

It may have taken nearly two years, but I finally made my way to New York City to see the Broadway sensation, Hamilton. I finally hit the point where I realized that the ticket prices weren’t really going to drop that much further and it was simply time. That coupled with a Mother’s Day adventure to join Leah and Don in NYC where they are spending the weekend waiting to watch the Yankees play with a Derek Jeter (my daughter’s…

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Infastructure, Infrastructure

Infastructure, Infrastructure

I was able to end the week with a panel adventure on Capitol Hill at a forum hosted by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus on “Broadband Infrastructure Funding: What Should The Plans Be?” I was joined by Blair Levin, well known to NTCA members as “father of the Broadband Plan” as well as a long time colleague from NCTA, the cable guys. Tim Lordan, from the caucus teed up the possible plans the Trump Administration might have…

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