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A Productive Fall Conference With A Full Agenda

A Productive Fall Conference With A Full Agenda

I’m still winging my way back to DCA as we wrapped up another successful Fall Conference – this one in Seattle – and had the opportunity to share ideas, programming and some great networking with 1500 of our NTCA members.  From augmented reality (which, btw, will require a robust broadband network) to life lessons, to how millennials use technology to tips on how to create partnerships to a recap of the flurry of DC regulatory and legislative activity to wireless…

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Meet me in St. Louis…with NISC

Meet me in St. Louis…with NISC

I have always appreciated the friendship and partnership that NISC has with NTCA—from their work with our members, to their wonderful support for our programs, especially Smart Rural Community and the Foundation for Rural Service—so it was an easy call to say yes to bopping out to their user group meeting in St. Louis earlier this week. They mentioned that over 2,600 folks would be there, but I have to admit, I didn’t think that nearly that many would show…

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A Day to Never Forget

A Day to Never Forget

I have no idea what it is about my travel schedule, but I almost always seem to be on a plane on 9/11 and I always find myself thinking back to 2001 when I was also supposed to be on a plane back to D.C. from the TTA meeting in Texas. I remember watching with my fellow Americans as our collective hearts broke and our false sense of security was shattered forever. I will never forget the kindness of NTCA…

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Worry More about the Grid With Storms Pending – Then Let’s Talk More About Partnerships!

Worry More about the Grid With Storms Pending – Then Let’s Talk More About Partnerships!

There has been so much talk in D.C. (and in the field) about the future of rural broadband and who is going to build it. I know for a fact that NTCA members have done a yeoman job on extending rural networks, building fiber into areas of the country they serve, and crafting federal and state policies that will allow them to edge out even further into the adjoining areas that have gone unserved by other providers. Electric co-ops have been…

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When Washington DC Meets Rural South Dakota

When Washington DC Meets Rural South Dakota

NTCA’s Foundation for Rural Service does so very much for the rural broadband industry and even more for the communities that these companies serve—but one of my favorite FRS activities is their annual trek out of D.C. with a gaggle of Capitol Hill staffers and into the real world (i.e. out of D.C.!) to see how rural networks are built and to help them better understand the challenges of broadband deployment where the land is vast and the people far…

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Strengthening Your DEFENSE

Strengthening Your DEFENSE

National security is a hot topic here in D.C. and I recently asked someone who works in that space what their biggest concern was, and it wasn’t a nuclear attack from North Korea or implications from the fall out of the Iran nuclear deal—it was cybersecurity—without a moment of hesitation. At NTCA, we’ve really been focused on the cyber threat and the tools needed to help NTCA members manage and protect their networks and I am really proud of the…

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Farewell to an FCC Era

Farewell to an FCC Era

Washington, D.C. can actually be a small town and telecom/broadband circles can make the city feel even smaller. So, while I was very sorry to see Amy Bender, legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, leave her post at the FCC this week, I know that our paths will cross again in her next “gig”. After Amy’s very distinguished 14-year career with the agency and after all of her hard work on topics as critical as the Universal Service Fund,…

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A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

There are so many applications for critical services that are broadband-enabled and frankly, many of these services are even more vital in a rural community due to the handicap of distance. Chief among them? Access to rural health care services. This has been one of the main reasons why NTCA has been so focused on ways we can help enable a more robust opportunity to bring telemedicine services over the broadband networks our members provide. This is also why we…

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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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TGIF!

TGIF!

Have you ever just had one of those days?  Or maybe one of those weeks? As I scurried around this morning, more focused on the day ahead than anything else, I noticed that I was “clomping” through the NTCA garage.  Clomping? One shoe making a thunking noise and the other oddly silent.  When I lifted my shoe to see if I had stepped in something to make one silent or maybe knocked off part of a heel to make one…

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