E-Connectivity Kicks Off in Minnesota

E-Connectivity Kicks Off in Minnesota

Update: 6/20/18: The recorded event is available online: www.youtube.com/thefarmfoundation Creating opportunities for people living in rural America to have reliable access to robust broadband services drives the work of NTCA and its member companies. As such, NTCA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Foundation and other industry stakeholders, will host the listening session, “What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America?,” Tuesday, June 19 at 9:00–11:30 a.m. Central. The event, to be held in Faribault, Minn., will also be livestreamed online. I hope many…

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Thinking Strategically And Then Acting On It

Thinking Strategically And Then Acting On It

There is so much going on in the RLEC industry which means there is a great deal going on as well for our national association, our benefit programs, our Group Health Plan and our Foundation for Rural Service. That’s why those who lead these entities are gathered in Asheville, N.C., home base for our service center, board meetings and strategic thinking. A lot was accomplished as we moved through best projections on what the future will hold and how we can…

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A New York State of Mind

A New York State of Mind

I am in the final stages of my journey to Lake Placid, New York where I had the fabulous opportunity to exchange some ideas with the members of the New York State Telecom Association for the past two days.  While the trip is not a cakewalk, it is an important reminder that New York  – the state – is certainly not New York City!  As a matter of fact, there is a lot of green space, a lot of mountains,…

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Only the Best Kind Of Hand Cramp….

Only the Best Kind Of Hand Cramp….

I continue to be impressed with Congressional leadership on the Universal Service Fund front as Members of Congress – again – have made the effort to weigh in with the FCC on the need for predictable, affordable, comparable and sustainable broadband for all Americans.  One hundred and ninety-three of them to be exact were on the latest round of correspondence to the FCC. This was due in large part to the effort that NTCA members made in sharing their stories…

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Sometimes You Just Need to Smell the Flowers…

Sometimes You Just Need to Smell the Flowers…

….or chew on a water-logged stick! It was time for our annual trek of taking a few days to do a “workaction” at the beach so we found a few days last week to journey to Delaware to our beach house rental complete with an extra pet fee and close enough to the state park to allow Cassie some of her favorite beach time. A pad of paper on the counter listed all of our conference calls so that Don…

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E-Connectivity Listening Tour Kickoff

E-Connectivity Listening Tour Kickoff

Last week, we announced that NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, along with the Farm Foundation, NRECA, CFC, and CoBank are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to organize a series of listening sessions across the nation to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. Our first discussion will be held in Minnesota on June 19. This event will focus on hearing from rural stakeholders about the need for and positive solutions to…

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Members of Congress Prioritize Agency Coordination on Broadband…We Concur!

Members of Congress Prioritize Agency Coordination on Broadband…We Concur!

I am so impressed with Congressional leadership on rural broadband over the course of the past year…nearly 200 Members of Congress sending letters to the FCC urging support for more predictable and sufficient USF support for rural broadband networks and then today, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introducing the Office of Rural Broadband Act. The bill establishes an office at the FCC to coordinate efforts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service and the National Telecommunications and…

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Visiting the Blue Grass State

Visiting the Blue Grass State

I do a lot of plane landings…in many places.  But I will say that one of the most beautiful landings of all is here in Kentucky at the Lexington Blue Grass Airport.  The slow descent brings you over pastures of green as far as your eye can see, ringed by white fences and if you’re lucky enough from the air, you can see the horses milling about their playground.  And then you really know that you’re in Kentucky because you…

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The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

Today was such a fabulous day for the Bloomfield – Patterson crew as we attended the graduation ceremony for Kelsey, our youngest, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she received her Master’s degree in International Relations, International Economics and a speciality in National Security and a concentration in the Middle East…whew!  Just thinking about all of that and what it entails makes me a little bit stressed. This degree was the culmination of two long years…

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FRS Launches Fabulous Rural Youth App Challenge – Winners Announced!

FRS Launches Fabulous Rural Youth App Challenge – Winners Announced!

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) has a number of tools in its toolkit focused on improving the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues and engaging many of the impacted communities in this quest. There are so very many tools that FRS staff use to achieve their mission but I am particularly excited about their most recent effort to launch an inaugural Rural Youth App Challenge which asks students to develop concepts for mobile…

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