Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

I get it…if I were running the world, or at least Sprint or T-Mobile, I would seek synergies and scope that allow me to compete – on some level – with the behemoths of AT&T and VZW.  As the wireless market becomes saturated and churn slows down, it’s going to take creativity and scale to claim a critical part of the marketing pie.  But what does that mean for rural America? More competition in urban markets?  More competition for the…

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Coordination Between USDA and the FCC – Next Mission Critical

Coordination Between USDA and the FCC – Next Mission Critical

Yesterday saw a very constructive House Appropriations Committee hearing that had FCC Chairman Pai in attendance responding to Members of Congress about FCC priorities. The questions were wide ranging and only spent a brief amount of time on the actual purpose – the FCC’s fiscal year 2019 budget request. Mr. Cartwright, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, used his opportunity at the microphone to urge the FCC to work with the Agriculture Department to make sure that a new $600 million broadband…

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Part-ner-ship

Part-ner-ship

If you flip open the dictionary (or use the online version), the word “partnership” is described in many ways, but the main gist is generally “an association of two or more people or entities that conduct a business or pool money, skills and other resources and share profit and loss in accordance with the terms of their agreement.” I tend to prefer the synonyms noted along with the word “partnerships” like “cooperation,” “association,” “collaboration,” “coalition,” “alliance,” “relationship” and “connection.”  Those…

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A Big Celebration!

A Big Celebration!

This weekend saw my mother celebrate her 80th birthday in Norton Shores, Mich.  For those who know me, this celebration is pretty momentous given all of the serious health issues my mother has endured the past several years and the number of calls from the hospital that have sounded dire and necessitated a quick flight to check in . But like a cat with nine lives, my mother has been able to spring back each time. Don and I flew…

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What a Week….and it’s only Wednesday!

What a Week….and it’s only Wednesday!

I always love the energy that comes when NTCA members come into town and hit the Hill and key agencies to share their stories and perspective on building broadband in rural America.  With a ton of recent activity – the recent order from the FCC finding reserves to make up some of the budget shortfall, the FNPRM on the future of building high-cost networks, upcoming CAF II auctions, a new RUS funding program in the Omnibus measure approved by Congress,…

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Commissioner O’Rielly Shares A Valued And Experienced Perspective

Commissioner O’Rielly Shares A Valued And Experienced Perspective

  On the eve of NTCA’s annual Legislative and Policy Conference, where much of  our members time will be spent sharing the rural broadband provider’s perspective on adequate Universal Service Fund with their congressional delegations as well as constructive feedback on next steps regarding infrastructure and Farm Bill proposals, I thought it was a value-add to share a recent blog from FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly on the importance of program coordination.  I so appreciate the Commissioner’s common-sense approach and his…

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Burning Up the Miles!

Burning Up the Miles!

As spring kicks in (hopefully!!), so will my travel schedule.  It’s the nature of the rhythm of our industry and the number of key industry events and meetings that will be taking place across the country in a blur over the next seven months or so.  In the spirit of getting off to the right foot, I figured that it was also an excellent time to “cash in” some of my miles and bop somewhere with Don for a few…

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Unleash Your Tech Team – Come Join Us At IP Vision 2018. See What You’ve Been Missing!

Unleash Your Tech Team – Come Join Us At IP Vision 2018. See What You’ve Been Missing!

Here at NTCA, we produce a lot of meetings.  Trust me, we feel the pressure of returning from a great meeting only to gather in our board room to immediately debrief and compare notes on possible topics and structures for future meetings on the calendar; and I know members have commented on the number of meetings and we have really made some terrific strides in being more strategic and mindful about changes in these meeting structures. That is why I…

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A Holiday Weekend for Many

A Holiday Weekend for Many

Every once in a while, calendars align and Passover and Easter fall over similar timeframes.  This certainly makes sense given the historical tie between the two holidays.  That certainly makes our family life sweet as well as complicated with both our Jewish and Christian heritage melding as Don and I have managed for well for 30 years now. We also continue to be lucky having Kelsey residing in the DC area and so she has no excuse but to come…

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CSRIC Working Group Reports In

CSRIC Working Group Reports In

My CSRIC working group had the opportunity to present our progress to our fellow Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council on our portion of the report which has been looking at network vulnerabilities associated with the Diameter protocol, which continues similar vulnerabilities as SS7 does and is widely used for wireless communications. However, globally many wireless carriers are still using SS7 to enable roaming and Diameter has yet to be implicated in any cybersecurity incidents to date.  So there is…

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