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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What Gets Measured In a Cyber Economy?

What Gets Measured In a Cyber Economy?

And what is the transactional value of the internet in Rural America?  Both of which are critical questions that the Foundation for Rural Service attempts to answer with their recently released study looking to measure those key factors and others that impact our economy. Obviously, every day consumers use the Internet for a ton of reasons – social media, commerce, entertainment, shopping, banking and the list goes on.  FRS worked with iGR to seek some insights into a few key…

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Tackling Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Technology

Tackling Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Technology

We’re out in California right now wrapping up NTCA’s Telecom Executive Forum and my brain is a little bit on overload from the many topics that we found a way to cover at this meeting.  From “hacking” your customer’s brain, to reinventing the consumer experience, to mergers and acquisitions and other interesting business models to the top consumer tech trends to working wonders with wireless (that still needs wires!) to attracting talent to your company to creating a culture of…

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Digital Divide #SXSW

Digital Divide #SXSW

First, my profound thanks to my NTCA Texas members for warning me about the shift in traffic from last week’s NTCA meeting to the sheer and total chaos and volume that is SXSW!  Yes, your advance warnings were helpful and ensured that I kept my feet moving to make my way in and out of Austin in time to catch flights…whew! Second – wow!  What an amazing experience my 24 hours on the ground actually was.  SXSW is such an…

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“I’ve Done Alright For A Girl”

“I’ve Done Alright For A Girl”

If you were born past 1970, you likely don’t remember the 70”s song “Brand New Key” but as I was on a plane today with the headphones in, the song came in on rotation of my recently added playlist (nostalgic or maybe just too much Guardians of the Galaxy movies?).  It made me smile out loud with the lyrics “I’ve done alright for a girl” as I was thinking about today being International Women’s Day….because I have done “alright for…

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Bipartisan Effort in Congress Focused on Rural Broadband

Bipartisan Effort in Congress Focused on Rural Broadband

The Bipartisan (a nice word in DC these days) Agriculture and Rural America Task Force in the United States House of Representatives had their first briefing of 2018 today and I was honored to be one of their participants to share some insights into rural broadband challenges and what Congress can do to move the ball forward.  The task force is comprised of members of Congress who do not serve on the House Agriculture Committee but still want to stay…

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Ray Baum’s Act Moves Through Congress

Ray Baum’s Act Moves Through Congress

I was very impressed to see Congress move forward on legislation to reauthorize the FCC entitled the RAY BAUM’S Act, which is named after the late Ray Baum who dedicated his life to public service in the telecommunications field. Here at NTCA, we certainly applaud the bipartisan approval of legislation to reauthorize the FCC for the first time in 28 years. And it’s only fitting that this legislation would be named after Ray Baum – a man who devoted much…

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5G Is Coming…But Where?

5G Is Coming…But Where?

Between having FCC Commissioner Carr joining us at RTIME, all of the ensuring discussions and the press and announcements over the past week on easing of wireless permitting, it was no surprise to see the NYT run an article at the end of the week on 5G cell service coming but who will make the decisions on who and where the service will come.  The premise of the article is that while folks in the designated areas will have access…

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FirstNet in Rural America – Time for a Real and Public Status Check

FirstNet in Rural America – Time for a Real and Public Status Check

When FirstNet was first announced, it offered much promise but there were also many questions about whether and how it would reach rural America.  As NTCA members know all too well, it’s a unique challenge to make the business case for infrastructure investment and ongoing network operations in areas where population densities may be only few people per square mile (or even less). The efforts to get FirstNet up and running tried to tackle a few of these questions, at…

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Doing the Two Step in Texas

Doing the Two Step in Texas

Here we are in Austin, wrapping up NTCA’s RTIME meeting and I am catching my breath and reflecting on what a week it has been. From Commissioner Carr joining our folks to share his perspective on his 6 months as an FCC Commissioner and the transition he has made from FCC General Counsel to his current role as a regulator  – to USDA’s Anne Hazlett with her Rural Development leadership portfolio at USDA as she stepped in for USDA Secretary…

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