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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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Talking Broadband in the Land of Oz with Chairman Pai

Talking Broadband in the Land of Oz with Chairman Pai

Kudos to SITA and the rural broadband providers in Kansas (and most notably Stacy Simmer) who organized an amazing Broadband Summit here today in Wichita, Kansas that not only drew members of the Kansas Congressional delegation but also Chairman Pai from the FCC.  With a room filled with not only these key providers but also with economic development experts, local officials and digital entrepreneurs, conversations ranged from “how to” strategies to laying out the challenges and opportunities in the rural…

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Commissioner O’Rielly Hopes For Fast FCC Action On USF Punchlist And Thoughtful On Funding

Commissioner O’Rielly Hopes For Fast FCC Action On USF Punchlist And Thoughtful On Funding

And so does NTCA.  That’s why we were so pleased to hear this week the Commissioner’s remarks noting that “Since the order was released, I continue to hear from providers and associations that the rate-of-return framework is sound and not unduly complicated.  At the same time, providers and their associations identified a handful of technical matters…as promised, I have pressed FCC staff from the very start to quickly address any legitimate issues that have arisen.”  That is certainly good news…

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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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NTCA Survey Shows USF Hits Hurt Broadband Deployment

NTCA Survey Shows USF Hits Hurt Broadband Deployment

The nation’s small, independent telecommunications providers continue to make significant progress in providing high-speed broadband to rural Americans despite high deployment costs and regulatory uncertainty, according to our new survey. The data could not be more timely as the “NTCA 2016 Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report” found that 89% of survey respondents cited the cost to deploy fiber infrastructure as the No. 1 barrier to its widespread availability. Fifty-two percent of survey respondents currently deploying fiber serve at least 50% of…

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Create Your Own Action Plan for Rural Broadband Month

Create Your Own Action Plan for Rural Broadband Month

As I shared yesterday, rural broadband now has its own month of celebration, attention, focus thanks to the FCC’s decree, so NTCA will do our part to keep the celebration going all month long!  What’s not to love about a recognition of how critical rural broadband infrastructure is to the economic development, public safety, education, healthcare and quality of life? Our fabulous team here at NTCA will do their best to keep our members…and policymakers…and interested parties engaged on 1) why broadband is…

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Talking Rural Broadband with USDA

Talking Rural Broadband with USDA

USDA was hopping today with a meeting on rural prosperity down one end of a hallway and a meeting that Tom Wacker and I had with Anne Hazlett, the new Rural Development Assistant to the Secretary down another. We were also joined in the meeting by Jannine Miller who has joined USDA as the Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure and between the four of us, could have spent three hours instead of just the one talking about rural broadband. Hazlett…

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Another Broken Toe, Another Regional Meeting….

Another Broken Toe, Another Regional Meeting….

Maybe I should have been blessed with more coordination, or maybe with smaller feet….either way, this past weekend saw me again knocking into something that was strong than my toes and another one of my phalanges has paid the price.  I know that phalange is the medical term for toe since I have now had more than enough reason over the past few years to do my internet research….. Thankfully, the trip to Phoenix for our Southwest Regional Conference was…

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Capitol Hill is Busy, Chairman Thune Hits the Key Question

Capitol Hill is Busy, Chairman Thune Hits the Key Question

Given the need that our young (and youngest) generations have for broadband and speedy access and connectivity—for school, research, job searches and making our world a more global one for the next generation, it was fitting that Brent Christensen, the state executive for Minnesota Telecom Alliance and vice president of Christensen Communications Co., brought his grandson out to be part of the Minnesota lobbying crew that hit the Hill yesterday. Seriously, I am certain that this young gentleman had his own…

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