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One More Round of Policy Discussions

One More Round of Policy Discussions

Congressman David Young, a Republican from Iowa certainly knows what it means to serve his constituents having spent many years as the top aide to Senator Chuck Grassley.  NTCA has long enjoyed working with him in his staff role and continue to be impressed with what he is doing for Iowa during his second term as a member of Congress from his home state.  Having been the lead House champion for call completion legislation this Congress  (legislation which has passed…

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Continuing USF Discussions With Commissioner O’Rielly

Continuing USF Discussions With Commissioner O’Rielly

I’m few days behind but Mike Romano and I had a very productive meeting last week over at the FCC with Commissioner O’Rielly, who has been key the past few years in the development and formulation of next steps to go on the USF front.  I was really grateful to hear the Commissioner’s recent remarks where he noted that in spite of all of the work on USF reform done to date, there was still more work to do.  Working…

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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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Sharing Rural Broadband Stories with RFD TV

Sharing Rural Broadband Stories with RFD TV

Laura Withers, our communications queen at NTCA, orchestrated RFD TV coming over to our offices to talk about rural broadband.  RFD-TV is an American cable and satellite tv channel that is owned by Rural Media Group and is devoted to rural issues and concerns.  How fitting then to have a discussion on rural broadband, the important role that USF plays in maintaining affordability for rural consumers and the critical role that USDA and RUS play in the rural development portfolio….

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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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A lot Happening in Washington DC Today

A lot Happening in Washington DC Today

There never is a dull moment here in Washington DC and today we were brought into the discussion that USDA Secretary Perdue was announcing a reorganization of the critical rural agency. NTCA felt it was important to weigh in on the news. The Rural Development programs within USDA are critical to national goals with respect to promoting the availability of infrastructure throughout the United States. The Rural Utilities Service in particular has played and will continue to play an essential…

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Congressman Cramer Leads Large Congressional Delegation on Rural Broadband

Congressman Cramer Leads Large Congressional Delegation on Rural Broadband

Congressman Cramer from North Dakota, led a bipartisan letter with 101 of his congressional colleagues to the FCC sharing the important role that broadband plays in rural America and the need for the FCC to continue to find ways to maintain and increase the deployment of high-speed broadband in rural America. Congressman Cramer took the lead but it was also endorsed by the House Rural Broadband Caucus and shared the message with Chairman Pai and his fellow commissioners that there…

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