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Commissioner O’Rielly Shares A Valued And Experienced Perspective

Commissioner O’Rielly Shares A Valued And Experienced Perspective

  On the eve of NTCA’s annual Legislative and Policy Conference, where much of  our members time will be spent sharing the rural broadband provider’s perspective on adequate Universal Service Fund with their congressional delegations as well as constructive feedback on next steps regarding infrastructure and Farm Bill proposals, I thought it was a value-add to share a recent blog from FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly on the importance of program coordination.  I so appreciate the Commissioner’s common-sense approach and his…

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FCC Acts on Rural Broadband Deployment!!

FCC Acts on Rural Broadband Deployment!!

The FCC released today the long awaited Report and Order, Third Order on Reconsideration and FNPRM on Universal Service and that certainly calls for multiple exclamation points!  We are still reviewing the details of the order and related items released by the FCC today, but as a threshold matter, we welcome several aspects of today’s action and are grateful for the release and looking forward to moving forward. First, NTCA has actively engaged in the effort to secure greater, bright-line clarity…

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Sharing the Rural Broadband Story with the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Sharing the Rural Broadband Story with the House Energy and Commerce Committee

With a pending weather report calling for snow (and let’s be honest, the mere threat of snow tends to turn DC into a tizzy), I made sure that this morning was an early-rising adventure with the opportunity to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the agenda mid-morning. While the advanced planning on the travel front ended up being unnecessary, the opportunity to share some thoughts on rural broadband deployment – the challenges with…

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Exciting News as the FCC Releases a Proposal to Promote Rural Broadband Deployment

Exciting News as the FCC Releases a Proposal to Promote Rural Broadband Deployment

Today was a fabulous way to start the second week of the new year with the heads up that a draft order, recon order and notice of proposed rulemaking is now circulating among the FCC commissioners to address Universal Service Fund shortfalls and would address in part NTCA’s petition for reconsideration on sufficiency issues. This action is extremely critical and timely given that the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) is foundational to any effort to promote and sustain rural broadband…

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Resolutions for Rural Broadband in 2018

Resolutions for Rural Broadband in 2018

Every conversation we have in DC these days seems to end with policymakers asking what they can do to help overcome rural broadband challenges.  Unfortunately, the issue is so complex that it can be hard to come up with a single set of policy prescriptions that works – and with so much interest in the topic, it seems like everyone wants to put their own stamp on the topic with unique proposals. Representing companies and cooperatives that have more experience…

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Is NTCA Fighting 24/7 for USF Funding? You Bet!

Is NTCA Fighting 24/7 for USF Funding? You Bet!

I had a very active, engaged and proactive member contact me today on an industry issue and in the course of the exchange, asked if NTCA is doing anything in regards to high cost USF support for both cost-based members as well as our ACAM companies – and while it made me a little sad that we have yet to find the “magic bullet” of communications to show all of our members what we have been up to on the…

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USF Budget….Always Top of Mind

USF Budget….Always Top of Mind

As we hit the season where we give ourselves more time and space to think about what we are grateful for, I continue to be grateful to be working for a group of companies who care so passionately about providing the best service possible to the broadband customers they serve in rural America.  To that end, Mike and I made one more visit to the FCC prior to the holiday break (or in other words, the best time to be…

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Taking One For The Team

Taking One For The Team

Mike Romano, our SVP for Policy and Business Development had the opportunity to testify before a House Judiciary subcommittee yesterday alongside the 2 sitting Federal Trade Commission commissioners and former FCC commissioner Rob McDowell on Net Neutrality.  It was a great platform to underscore the continuing importance of interconnection oversight for rural carriers and consumers even as the FCC moves to take away the heavy-handed retail regulatory aspects of the net neutrality regime. Mike made the most of the opportunity to…

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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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Rural Broadband Story Shared With Senate Ag

Rural Broadband Story Shared With Senate Ag

As if traveling east for the NTCA Fall Conference wasn’t disruptive enough for Denny Law, CEO of Golden West in South Dakota, Denny added another day to his schedule and traveled down to DC from Philly to be NTCA’s witness before the Senate Agriculture Committee this morning. This morning’s hearing “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” was an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of the RUS lending program as well as how – ideally –…

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