The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

So many NTCA members really go above and beyond and make sacrifices for the young people in rural communities, knowing that this next generation represents the future of their areas. But Ron Laudner of OmniTel Communications, and former NTCA board member, is willing to go bald – all in the name of supporting Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) scholarships. Three shears (get it?) for Ron and OmniTel for their creative campaign to raise at least $25,000 for FRS scholarships by…

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Mapping Matters!

Mapping Matters!

Today I had the honor and privilege to represent NTCA’s members before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s hearing on mapping, “Legislating to Connect America: Improving the Nation’s Broadband maps.”  Mapping is the new hottest topic here in Washington as policymakers recognize that a major challenge associated with making informed policy and investment decisions regarding the deployment of broadband in rural America is determining where there is or is not service already –…

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Secretary Perdue Heads to Denver to Talk to NTCA!

Secretary Perdue Heads to Denver to Talk to NTCA!

I was so excited to get the phone call from USDA Secretary Perdue’s team to share that indeed he was going to make time on his busy schedule to join us in Denver at the end of this month to share his thoughts about the role broadband plays in the life of farmers, ranchers, ag producers and rural America in general. It will be a treat to have a Cabinet Secretary with us at our Fall Conference. USDA has been…

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Big Sky Country – A lot of Land, Not A lot of People

Big Sky Country – A lot of Land, Not A lot of People

I was delighted to be invited by Geoff Feiss, head of the Montana Telecommunications Association, to come out to join his meeting this past week in beautiful Big Sky Country to share some thoughts and perspective on what is taking place in Washington DC and in the telecom industry generally. I seldom turn down a trip to such a beautiful part of our country…and am always stunned by the vast swaths of land with few inhabitants while I am making…

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Sharing Adam’s Mississippi Fiber Adventure

Sharing Adam’s Mississippi Fiber Adventure

I am in Montana, at the wrap of the MTA meeting and will share my own western thoughts shortly but wanted to share the words of our own Adam Jorde following his trip to Mississippi this week for some key time with NTCA members and DC leadership. Read on….. On a muggy August morning in Bay Springs, Mississippi, Joey Garner and Lisa Wigington of Telephone Electronics Corporation (TEC) graciously welcomed me to their headquarters. Appearing more like a construction site…

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National Dog Day? Might Be My Very Favorite!

National Dog Day? Might Be My Very Favorite!

Monday, August 26th has been declared National Dog Day. Love dogs? So do I, that is why I am extremely delighted to celebrate this national holiday! While we have all become accustomed to the greeting card industry creating numerous holidays how can you go wrong when you designate a day that celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed, and has the public focused on the need to rescue dogs from shelters. This is very near and dear to my heart given…

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Bringing Together HR and Benefits Leadership

Bringing Together HR and Benefits Leadership

Nearly wheels up from NTCA’s recent successful HR, Benefits and OSHA conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. What a treat it was to spend a few days with the folks who are so key to rural broadband operations when it comes to recruiting, retention, benefit enrollment, safety training and so much more. The sessions were all packed and the attendees were really engaged (who could be more welcoming than a team of HR professionals?). I loved how many folks came…

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Rural Partners Gather

Rural Partners Gather

I’ve always been a little envious of the annual gathering that has been held between NRECA (the electric coops), CFC/RTFC, NRTC, and NISC as they compared notes on the status of their respective industries – electric power, lending and technology solutions – and was delighted to be “invited to the party” this year.Vern Dosch, CEO of NISC kicked off our day with a reminder on how key each of our industry segments are to the future growth and vitality of…

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It’s Iowa State Fair Season…and Rural America is in the Spotlight

It’s Iowa State Fair Season…and Rural America is in the Spotlight

Having grown up in the Midwest, I know very well that many of the states in that region are a mix of urban, suburbs, college towns, rural communities, state parks and farm land.  The first time I really had a sense of anything different was when I was dating my now husband, Don, and driving up to visit his home in New Jersey.  As he announced the towns and cities we were passing through, I was taken aback by the…

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Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Heading back from hot and humid but lovely and hospitable Savannah, Georgia as we wrap up our inaugural Summer Symposiums for the year. Nearly 400 NTCA rural broadband providers gathered for a few days of focusing on what matters, strategic thinking, good governance policies, the latest in advocacy topics for the industry, cybersecurity and a host of other topics relevant to ensuring that the time in a company’s boardroom is time well spent. The opportunity to hit on these critical…

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