A Day At USDA

A Day At USDA

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with USDA to talk about infrastructure plans for 2018. Check out my short vlog to see what we discussed. Our terrific, media savvy team has encouraged me to do more vblogs but I clearly have a comfort zone of my own which includes showing more of the USDA headquarters building than my face as well as finding a quiet spot to do this….however, I still had pre-holiday DC tourists basically looking at me…

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One Last Catch-Up With Rural Utility Leaders

One Last Catch-Up With Rural Utility Leaders

With only a limited number of days left on the calendar for the year, my colleagues in the rural utility industry cleared time off of our schedules to find a common meeting space for lunch so we could compare notes as we wind down with 2017 and head into the New Year. Jim Matheson, head of NRECA (the electric coop association) and Sheldon Peterson, head of CFC/RTFC (a major lender to the rural utilities) and I met up in Tyson’s…

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With a little bit of Luck

With a little bit of Luck

As we careen into the holiday season, it has been amazing to me the number of folks I have spoken or interacted with who are all in the same position – feeling like we are hurtling over the finish line of 2017 instead of easing into the holiday spirit.  Maybe it’s the timing of the holidays, falling on Mondays, maybe it is simply that we have more and more to do and with (what feels like) less time in which…

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NTCA Partners With DHS!

NTCA Partners With DHS!

In today’s increasingly online society, it’s rare that a day goes by without a new cyber breach making its way into the headlines. The more I hear about cyber threats and the frightening adage that it’s not if but when you will be affected by an attack, the more motivated I am to ensure that NTCA stays in front of our membership promoting cybersecurity awareness and development of response strategies. To that end, it is my absolute pleasure to announce…

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Big Week at the FCC

Big Week at the FCC

I don’t mean to appear lazy or simply cut and paste to see if folks remember something posted months ago but given the big vote at the FCC tomorrow on net neutrality, I wanted to share some thoughts that we at NTCA had shared this spring….the thoughts remain the same with a particular emphasis on the importance of interconnection and the ability to ensure that there are protections and a backstop for small carriers in an unfettered environment.  As has…

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Walking the Cyber Talk

Walking the Cyber Talk

I am certain that not a day goes by when I don’t receive at least two phishing emails looking for me to “fall for the ploy” and click on a link that I will deeply regret.  Our team was hit by a phishing attack today and I appreciated how quickly everyone jumped into action. From Bitcoin ransoms to hacking for sport, the reliance we all have on our technology certainly makes us more vulnerable.  Here at NTCA, we have put…

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The Joys Of Living In An On Demand World

The Joys Of Living In An On Demand World

Do I like having the ability to refill my vitamins and groceries at the touch of my computer?  You bet I do!  I am the prime example of someone who relishes the sheer luxury of being able to finish my Peapod or Instacart order of groceries on my IPad while heading to a meeting in a cab and wait for the delivery of items I have been too lazy to pick up at the store during the work week  (milk,…

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Smart Rural Communities Can Lead The Way For Rural America

Smart Rural Communities Can Lead The Way For Rural America

  The Smart Rural Community (SRC) Collaboration Challenge, run by NTCA,  is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. It encourages collaboration among community leaders to provide the best technologies. Allocated through fund-matching obligations in the program, it requires local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.  It’s an exciting, relatively new part of our SRC program and not only tells the story of innovation and collaboration…

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Foundation for Rural Service Awards Grants for Improving Quality of Life in Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural Service Awards Grants for Improving Quality of Life in Rural Communities

The Foundation for Rural Service, FRS as it is affectionately known in the NTCA community, recently named the recipients of its 2017 grants in support of advancing quality of life and enabling economic development in rural America. The winning projects will help rural communities overcome challenges related to access to technology, improving educational offerings, combating opioid addiction and providing telemedicine and first response emergency services to rural areas. All of the projects are endorsed by rural broadband companies that are…

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Strong Markets and Management Benefit NTCA Benefit Plans

Strong Markets and Management Benefit NTCA Benefit Plans

This is a week that is devoted to NTCA benefit plans as I joined our GHP as well as our R&S/Savings Plan Trustees for a series of meetings as we wrap up the year with a review of the progress these plans have made to continue to offer top quality, flexible benefit plans to NTCA members and their employees.  As the industry continues to deal with challenges on the USF funding front and what that means for network deployments, our…

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