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Rural is Cool

Rural is Cool

Look what was found on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, where only the hardiest of climbers can make their way to the summit.  Yes, former NTCA board President and Blackfoot Telecom CEO, Earl Owens and his wife along with his Rural Is Cool bumper sticker!  Making its way all the way to Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, the message reminding folks – even those who do not speak English as their main language – that rural holds a very important…

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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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“Make the Dirt Talk”

“Make the Dirt Talk”

What a treat it was on Friday to reconnect with Billy Tiller, former board member for Five Area Telephone Cooperative in Muleshoe, Texas, who served on the board when he was right out of school for 12 years – during some really informative times in this industry. Billy then went on to not only run a large ranch in Texas, but he also started AgPro Exchange, a company that uses data to manage agriculture interests in the 21st Century.  With…

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Is This Heaven?

Is This Heaven?

Nope…it’s Iowa. However, this is what I saw as I drove the county highways last night between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sioux Center, Iowa: Yes, that is correct….black, dark, the white lines on the edge of the highway and few critters that thankfully stayed off the road. Google maps and I had a chat half way through the journey on whether or not she was really sending me to Iowa or North Dakota. But all was well and I…

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North Dakota Dreamin’

North Dakota Dreamin’

I do check the weather pretty consistently before I travel, and I am pretty sure that while I saw very cold temps for North Dakota (and chose to bring my big dog-walking parka instead of a “cute” D.C. coat), even I did not anticipate the near white-out conditions when I landed in Bismark, N.D., earlier today. I even think that some folks at David Crother’s NDATC were surprised to see me on the ground! I’m looking forward to sharing perspectives…

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What’s Not to Love About a Rural-Focused Entrepreneur?

What’s Not to Love About a Rural-Focused Entrepreneur?

Remember when NTCA met in Boston last year? One of our keynoters hit the stage and all 1,500 folks in the room thought for sure he was a college student who had lost his way to class at Harvard instead of a young entrepreneur from Nebraska. (He actually is still a college student, but in the warmer climate of Chapel Hill!) And most importantly, remember how he shared from the heart how he has built a business in his hometown…

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NTCA TeleChoice Awards

NTCA TeleChoice Awards

NTCA is giving our members 3 reasons why you should strut your stuff with us: Creative minds are whirling and have been working hard all year long, so now is the time to “show off” a bit with NTCA’s TeleChoice Awards. Marketing products and services has never been more important in the competitive telecommunications industry, and it’s been really fun seeing RLECs up their game on how they tell their story, share with consumers and sell their services within their…

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Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Halloween has always been a real highlight day for me—candy, trick or treaters, “The Addams Family” movies on TV, more candy—what’s not to love? Today, NTCA’s Community Affairs Committee hosted an event to celebrate the holiday for our staff, as well as to support a wonderful local organization in Arlington that supports homeless women, children and families called Doorways. Doorways has had a long relationship with NTCA and our team. We’ve held staff retreats where we built bicycles for children…

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A Side Trip to Ketchikan to See KPU

A Side Trip to Ketchikan to See KPU

Don and I took advantage of NTCA’s Regional Conference in Alaska to tag on one of our “bucket list” wishes—to take a cruise through the Alaskan Inside Passage. And what a trip it was. We had a lovely boat, great food (ugh, I’m feeling a few extra days in the gym as payback!), interesting folks on the ship and no frantic lines for food or activities! Glaciers, whales, sea lions and a dog mushing camp were all highlights of the trip,…

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The Majesty That Is Alaska

The Majesty That Is Alaska

Don, my husband, is not typically enthusiastic about my business travel, but given that this is our third trip to Alaska, thanks in part to the effort already in place with NTCA Regional Conferences held every four years or so in Anchorage, he has certainly been a fan of this trip. We spent a few days prior to the meeting exploring Denali and the pure wilderness that is the 6 million acres of Denali National Park. After a great Northwest Regional…

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