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Visiting the Blue Grass State

Visiting the Blue Grass State

I do a lot of plane landings…in many places.  But I will say that one of the most beautiful landings of all is here in Kentucky at the Lexington Blue Grass Airport.  The slow descent brings you over pastures of green as far as your eye can see, ringed by white fences and if you’re lucky enough from the air, you can see the horses milling about their playground.  And then you really know that you’re in Kentucky because you…

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The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

Today was such a fabulous day for the Bloomfield – Patterson crew as we attended the graduation ceremony for Kelsey, our youngest, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she received her Master’s degree in International Relations, International Economics and a speciality in National Security and a concentration in the Middle East…whew!  Just thinking about all of that and what it entails makes me a little bit stressed. This degree was the culmination of two long years…

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Sharing Broadband Thoughts with the House Committee on Natural Resources

Sharing Broadband Thoughts with the House Committee on Natural Resources

What a treat it was to be invited to testify before the Natural Resources Committee this week! It was a great opportunity to share that after the initial business case can be made for rural broadband, we come to the next significant challenge – the barriers to deployment itself. This is where the questions and legislation presented in the committee’s hearing become so important, helping to reduce responsibly and thoughtfully the costs and time associated with deployment and allowing providers…

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Congress Putting Their Actions Into Words

Congress Putting Their Actions Into Words

Today was a big day for those advocating for continued broadband deployment across rural America as 193 members of Congress (194 if you include Sen. Joni Ernst’s letter) reached out to the FCC to address the long-term budget sufficiency of the Universal Service Fund (USF) High-Cost program. This is a critical and necessary step in continuing to close the digital divide (and the urban-rural divide) that is often cited by Chairman Pai as one of his top priorities. The USF…

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More Than One Day A Year

More Than One Day A Year

One minute she was a young, ex-Olympian escapee from East Germany, and the next she is dancing with a young American ROTC officer from MIT and the conclusion is that she left her own mother and family and came to this country, without much English in her repertoire and was soon a mother…mine. I can’t imagine what a huge leap each of those moves were for my mother but she was a brave young woman to make them.  My folks…

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Rural Gig Going Strong – 150 Rural Providers Recognized Strong!

Rural Gig Going Strong – 150 Rural Providers Recognized Strong!

As community-based technology providers, NTCA members know that a key part of their business model is to stay on the edge of what’s next and what consumers need. That is one reason why so many RLECs in our family have taken the plunge and leap of faith to bring gigabit broadband—delivering internet speeds up to 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households—to their communities. Google Fiber has folks in awe but honestly, bringing gig services to…

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A World Without Home Internet Access

A World Without Home Internet Access

As much as we ponder, collaborate and work with policymakers on what daily life is like for those without internet access, I am admittedly spoiled by my own in Arlington, Va.  Until…. last week.  A power outage in my neighborhood wreaked havoc on my home fiber connection and I have been without a dial tone, television and far most importantly, home Wi-Fi access since Thursday.  The first day, I felt like the classic urbanite “roughing it”…like being on a camping…

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The Big Easy Meets Telecom State Execs

The Big Easy Meets Telecom State Execs

Mike Romano and I headed down to New Orleans at the start of the week for the annual meeting of all the state association telecom executives. What a valuable platform this meeting is for state leaders to compare notes and approaches with the many issues and topics that are impacting our industry. A huge shoutout to Colleen Jamison with James Caplinger, CHTD in Kansas, who took on the role this year of chairing the group, NCSTA, and did a marvelous…

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Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

I get it…if I were running the world, or at least Sprint or T-Mobile, I would seek synergies and scope that allow me to compete – on some level – with the behemoths of AT&T and VZW.  As the wireless market becomes saturated and churn slows down, it’s going to take creativity and scale to claim a critical part of the marketing pie.  But what does that mean for rural America? More competition in urban markets?  More competition for the…

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Part-ner-ship

Part-ner-ship

If you flip open the dictionary (or use the online version), the word “partnership” is described in many ways, but the main gist is generally “an association of two or more people or entities that conduct a business or pool money, skills and other resources and share profit and loss in accordance with the terms of their agreement.” I tend to prefer the synonyms noted along with the word “partnerships” like “cooperation,” “association,” “collaboration,” “coalition,” “alliance,” “relationship” and “connection.”  Those…

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