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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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A Big Celebration!

A Big Celebration!

This weekend saw my mother celebrate her 80th birthday in Norton Shores, Mich.  For those who know me, this celebration is pretty momentous given all of the serious health issues my mother has endured the past several years and the number of calls from the hospital that have sounded dire and necessitated a quick flight to check in . But like a cat with nine lives, my mother has been able to spring back each time. Don and I flew…

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Burning Up the Miles!

Burning Up the Miles!

As spring kicks in (hopefully!!), so will my travel schedule.  It’s the nature of the rhythm of our industry and the number of key industry events and meetings that will be taking place across the country in a blur over the next seven months or so.  In the spirit of getting off to the right foot, I figured that it was also an excellent time to “cash in” some of my miles and bop somewhere with Don for a few…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month at the FCC

Celebrating Women’s History Month at the FCC

I was honored to be invited by the FCC’s Office of Workplace Diversity to share some words of wisdom (at least hopefully they were somewhat wise!) with the FCC staff at their observance of Women’s history Month 2018.  The theme for this year was “Nevertheless She Persisted, Women Who Fight All Forms Of Discrimination” and I shared some thoughts and dialogue with the FCC staff that came to participate in the discussion. Chairman Pai kicked off the event with an…

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