I Can Think of Worse Things….

I Can Think of Worse Things….

With each generation, it’s impossible not to ponder the traits and values passed down from our parents (love my dad around the world but I’m delighted I got his loud laugh instead of his big ears!) and then to explore which traits we have passed along to our children (with hopes that they are the ones we like ourselves instead of sharing those traits that are more annoying…and I have a few!). Well, in our family, we certainly share a…

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Chairman Pai Responds to Congress’ Push for Action on Long-Term USF Budget Fix

Chairman Pai Responds to Congress’ Push for Action on Long-Term USF Budget Fix

In a terrific step forward for NTCA members and RLECs across the country, FCC Chairman Pai responded this week to the 130 Members of the House who wrote to him this May regarding their concerns on the persistent USF insufficiency. The Chairman replied that he aims “to circulate an order ensuring adequate and efficient funding for rural broadband deployment later this year.” He reviewed the steps that have already been taken, including devoting over $500 million to increasing broadband deployment…

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Stories from the Sho-Me States

Stories from the Sho-Me States

It seems that every time I come back to the Springfield/Branson area, there are more things hopping in the area. This time, I noticed that the airport has continued to turn itself from a sleepy commuter hub to a sleek, modern facility with more electric outlets than any I have seen in my recent travels. Never underestimate the power (no pun intended) or importance of airport outlets; I’ve been known to hang out in the O’Hare Airport bathrooms simply because…

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The Power of Data-Driven Marketing

The Power of Data-Driven Marketing

NTCA’s Rural Telecom magazine just ran a terrific story in its latest edition on the move to data as a key marketing tool for rural broadband providers. The ability to tap billing analysis and other data-driven strategies have really made it possible to bring more clarity and fine-tune marketing plans in addition to improving the customer experience and increasing the company’s ROI. Clearly, the days of mass marketing as a strategy are in the rearview mirror. Part of this evolution…

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A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

Our nation’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be convening critical discussions early this week when they convene their DHS National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City this Tuesday. As a kick-off to the summit, DHS is hosting a closed-door roundtable with about 20 CEOs from the financial, energy, IT and communications sectors. Their collective goal is to bring together government and private sector officials to lay out a vision for a defense model to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure…

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Here We Go….Time to Sharpen the Pencils to Comment on the Proposed RUS Broadband Pilot Program

Here We Go….Time to Sharpen the Pencils to Comment on the Proposed RUS Broadband Pilot Program

A few months ago, Congress acted on the importance of broadband connections with the realization that it will take resources to actually get the job done. That was certainly a step in the right direction. Next step? Getting out some thoughts on how that program should operate, who should participate and what type of incentives will be offered. I know that it’s kind of “cheating” but I thought there was a great deal of value in sharing exactly what USDA…

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More to Talk About in Idaho

More to Talk About in Idaho

This week, Anne Hazlett, special assistant to USDA Secretary Perdue, traveled many miles to share some of her key and timely insights with NTCA members in Idaho for our second regional meeting of the “summer tour”. Her timing was spot on with the NOI being released today for the RUS pilot program included in the Omnibus legislation earlier this year. She shared key insights as she and her team work toward crafting rules that make sense and encourage broadband deployment…

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The Sounds of Summer….

The Sounds of Summer….

Summer is a time for family, catching your breath and finding venues – including those outside – to listen to music. I already have a pretty eclectic taste when it comes to music and have found the years of Kelsey and I sharing an iTunes account instrumental in busting me out of my comfort zone…suddenly alternative music, country music and even limited hip-hop made it into my earbuds. My husband Don and I continue to look for ways to spend…

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On to Our Regional Road Show…Change Management Atop Agenda

On to Our Regional Road Show…Change Management Atop Agenda

Just making my way through a crowded, storm-impacted airport in Charlotte, N.C. after our first NTCA regional meeting of the summer. We’ve begun our grand finale of regional meetings in grand fashion with an amazing program and relevant topics in large part due to Mark Marion and Dennis McGarry on our fabulous training and development team. Cyber risk management, the future of video, using change management to drive excellence, AMAC’s timely session on industry tips for adapting to change and…

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All Politics is Local….

All Politics is Local….

Legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once famously declared that “all politics is local”. And I do believe that. Politics of any issue impact us wherever we might live and regarding whatever it is we might care deeply about. It’s one of the reasons why this past weekend, I opened my home up to fellow neighbors for a wine, cheese and chat to host a local Arlington County board candidate who happens to be an Independent (the purple candidate)…

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