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Wireless Needs Wires…Still!

Wireless Needs Wires…Still!

It feels like it is wireless week in DC….a summit on 5G technology, the announcement from Frontier that they will be using CAF II resources to build out some of their most rural portions of their service area with a point-to-multipoint radio technology, Google’s announcement that Google Loon will be bringing cell coverage to devastated Puerto Rico to get them up and running again on the communications front (which relies on wireless backhaul from cell phone companies – another challenge…

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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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IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

I might be a tad challenged at programming my new Smart TV but that doesn’t mean that I don’t keep a close eye on technology trends. It’s one of the reasons I think that the agenda for our IP Vision meeting is so critical. This year’s IP Vision Conference & Expo looked at the intersection of business and technology in our rapidly-changing industry. Carriers and solution providers conducted most sessions jointly to demonstrate real-world examples of how new technologies can…

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CES 2017: The Smart Cane Revolution

CES 2017: The Smart Cane Revolution

The following post is republished from NTCA’s blog, The Exchange, featuring dispatches from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by NTCA Vice President of Policy Josh Seidemann. For more from CES, visit The Exchange.   (Las Vegas) Although PR materials for CES indicate a four-day conference, it is preceded by a day-and-a-half of media-only programming, as well as a full schedule of formal conference programming (I am not in Vegas for the full show; I think that only the most…

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World Domination

World Domination

Clearly the board members of AT&T and Time Warner have been locked together in a mysterious board room today based on this evening’s announcement that AT&T will be aggressively expanding beyond wireless and broadband (and telephone) as it jumps right into the programming and content world with the $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. Time Warner, the parent company of such major programming entities as CNN, TNT, HBO and numerous other channels and websites (which means that AT&T will now own…

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A Device Generation

A Device Generation

I really cherish my weekend routine of slowing down a little bit. We have a great pattern in our house these days. Don gets up early with the dog to let her out, then crawls back into bed with me so we can snooze a little bit more. (The part about Don being the one to get up early might be the best part of the pattern!) I then throw on the sweats, walk the dog on a “longer than…

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Top 10 List Mania

Top 10 List Mania

I always find the end of a calendar year entertaining as everyone puts out their “Top 10” lists—top 10 movies, top 10 songs, top 10 cereals, top 10 political mishaps, etc. There is even a top 10 list of the top lists! (I’m not even kidding!) While the lists are a tad sobering since I’ve usually seen one of the 10 movies listed, or can hum three of the top 10 songs, I’ve decided that the only way to really enjoy a top 10 list is…

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Spectrum Policy Moves Forward … That’s a Start

Spectrum Policy Moves Forward … That’s a Start

The FCC moved today to approve reforms to a program that has allowed large corporations to take advantage of discounts intended for small businesses. The commission voted on a proposal to reform the discount program aimed at helping small businesses, including rural providers, obtain valuable wireless spectrum. The difficulty small providers have getting into the spectrum game was certainly highlighted earlier this year when Dish Network was able to obtain $3 billion in discounts by bidding in coordination with a few…

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A Video Kind of Day

A Video Kind of Day

The FCC is moving quickly on rules for the upcoming incentive auction, so it was almost amusing that instead of it being a “wireless” kind of day it was in fact all about video here today. NTCA has taken the lead in putting together an interesting group of industry partners to see what we can do by joining forces and pressing our case on the difficulty of dealing with retransmission consent agreements and the skyrocketing programming costs—both of which negatively impact…

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Senators Weigh In on the Need for Rural Bidding Credits

Senators Weigh In on the Need for Rural Bidding Credits

Senator Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota led the charge with five of her Senate colleagues sending a letter to the FCC to commend the agency for its ongoing work to design and implement the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction (or the incentive auctions), as RLECs continue to look at the possible uses for access to more spectrum in their service territories. The 600 MHz spectrum is really a unique opportunity to ensure that rural consumers, small businesses, students, energy producers and others…

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