Broadband Providers With Heart

Broadband Providers With Heart

Everyone knew that Harvey would be a significant storm and we are still awaiting the outcome of the storm’s impact in Texas and now Louisiana.  Pictured above is the crew from YK Communications in Granado, Texas as they worked to keep up their rural networks even during the height of the storm.  I received a wonderful note from their President who noted how proud he was of his team for ensuring that they stayed on duty and kept the networks…

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August, Rural Broadband Month at the FCC Wraps Up

August, Rural Broadband Month at the FCC Wraps Up

While it would have made more sense for me to share FCC Chairman Pai’s blog on Rural Broadband Month at the FCC approximately 30 days ago, late is certainly better than never.  I think there is a real value to hearing in the Chairman’s own words, his thoughts on rural broadband and his reasons for elevating the discussion and hopefully continuing his quest, along with his fellow commissioners, for a solution!   FCC Chair Ajit Pai announces… I’m pleased to…

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Senator Grassley Hits All 99 Iowa Counties Each Year

Senator Grassley Hits All 99 Iowa Counties Each Year

As Senator Grassley does his grand summer tour, hitting all 99 counties in the state of Iowa, he stopped this week at Delta Metals, a company that provides custom roof panels in rural Leon, Iowa and met with NTCA Director Ron Hinds (who also moonlights as the GM for GRM Networks providing advanced communications services in Missouri and Iowa) and Wendal Yoder, the manager of Delta Metals.  As Senator Grassley met with community members during his town hall meeting, Ron…

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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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Is This Heaven?

Is This Heaven?

Not quite, but it was a cloudy Iowa where NTCA just hosted our 4th regional meeting of the year.  Coralville has certainly “grown up” since the last time we were there and I appreciated all of the folks who spent several hours in their cars to make it to the meeting. It was a great opportunity to gather with our folks from the NE and Central regions and I even took a quick detour off of the highway to swing…

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Ready for the Eclipse

Ready for the Eclipse

Regionalpalooza continues and we’re here in Coralville, Iowa where NTCA members are likely going to be far more entertained by the eclipse today than they were by any remarks I had to make…so what better way to get them ready?  Hand out certified eclipse eyewear to ensure that we can protect the assets in our GHP vision plan! Unfortunately, the day opened with thunderstorms and torrential downpours and cloudy skies but just enough of view to make it a memory…

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Partnerships Really Do Help Serve Underserved Communities

Partnerships Really Do Help Serve Underserved Communities

I can’t believe that Dennis Bachman, CEO of Citizens Connected in New Auburn, Wisconsin didn’t call me to tell me about his exciting new partnership with his local electric cooperative…but maybe that’s because he was too busy pulling this partnership together, so he’s totally off the hook! The notice in the Wisconsin statewide newsletter reported that Cornell-based Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative and Citizens Connected have begun building a fiber optic network with initial construction underway along the shore of Lake…

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Smart Rural Community Field Trip to Maine With Senator and Commissioner

Smart Rural Community Field Trip to Maine With Senator and Commissioner

You can tell that you’re in Maine when most of the traffic on the highway alongside you are caravans of logging trucks!  After a journey across the country on Tuesday night, I knew that my last stop was Portland, Maine because I was the only person boarding the place in the Detroit Metro airport who did not have hiking boots and a backpack on.  I was a tad jealous! Josh Seidemann, our Smart Rural Community (SRC) guru,  and I met up…

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Got to Love Sioux Falls!

Got to Love Sioux Falls!

I am traveling back from the Regional Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this week.  The location is ideal given the key leadership role that Senator Thune, local boy gone to Washington, has played in communications policy and his continued active engagement in meeting the challenge of rural broadband deployment.  One of the things I love about this region is that the turn-out is as strong as it is for our “more tropical” locations for these meetings in the Southeast….

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My Smartphone Is Simply My Mobile Option

My Smartphone Is Simply My Mobile Option

The FCC just launched its annual inquiry into whether broadband  – or “advanced telecommunications capability”  – is being deployed to all Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion”.   The 2017 version of this inquiry has a few twists to it.  Instead of focusing on fixed broadband as they have in the past, this time the FCC is asking if its broadband deployment report should focus on whether some form of advanced telecommunications capability, be it fixed or wireless, is…

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