Terrific Digital Opportunities Ahead…But Some Tweaks Are Needed To Prevent Storm Clouds In The Future

Terrific Digital Opportunities Ahead…But Some Tweaks Are Needed To Prevent Storm Clouds In The Future

I wrote recently about how NTCA members are excited to participate in the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auctions, and how pleased we are that FCC Chairman Pai responded to the call of Congress by circulating an order for those auctions that will help strike a terrific balance by looking to reach as many rural Americans as possible while ensuring that the FCC is “buying the best possible networks” for the available budget.  I am energized by the role that NTCA…

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You Must Not Hate

You Must Not Hate

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day, a federal holiday here in our nation’s capital. Sometimes with federal holidays, it’s almost too easy to forget what we are really celebrating instead of thinking of it as a “free” day off of work and less traffic on the roads. However, most of the news media today has done a good job of reminding us of Dr. King’s legacy as a civil rights leader who set goals for humanity of tolerance, equality,…

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ReConnect, Round Two

ReConnect, Round Two

It was exciting to see the number of successful NTCA members and their bid for USDA broadband support from the newly created ReConnect program administered by RUS over the course of the past few months.  Rural broadband providers in North Dakota, North Carolina, Iowa, South Carolina, Alaska and points in between  have secured grants and loans to build broadband to those communities that are in need of connectivity and it’s going to be exciting to see how all of this plays…

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A New Year, A New Look At Wellness

A New Year, A New Look At Wellness

Quickly whipping through some trade press today, an article that cited a recent Wall Street Journal analysis on mortality caught my eye. Americans are increasingly dying of heart disease and strokes as they hit middle age – a trend that seems to be hitting much of our country equally, which suggests that the underlying causes of heart disease are more universal and tougher to address than was once thought. It used to be easy to pin the health statistics on…

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CES Ends Another Round

CES Ends Another Round

I have yet to actually experience first hand the chaos, glamour and mind-blowing technology showcased at CES every year in Las Vegas but I find myself living vicariously through our own Josh Seidemann’s blogs and updates. Check out his latest Medium post entitled Privacy, Promise and Temptation as he shares his take on the latest show that wrapped up last week. Given our interest in technology and health care, it’s no surprise that Josh spent a fair amount of time…

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FIBER – Fast Interconnection Between Everything Rural

FIBER – Fast Interconnection Between Everything Rural

Giving credit where credit is due, my thanks to Bob Debroux with TDS for coining what might be one of my new favorite phrases as we enter what is hopefully a new era of placing a public policy priority on fiber and future-proofed networks as the government looks for different ways to close the digital (or rural/rural) divide. Since last spring NTCA has advocated for opportunities for our members to participate in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), and…

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Being Part of the Solution

Being Part of the Solution

Haven’t you noticed that these days it’s easier for some to whine about circumstances than it is to act? And I totally get it, sometimes finding a solution and being proactive is a little scary and kind of “puts you out there.” But doing just that is what a number of NTCA members have now done in seeking USDA ReConnect support over the past few months. This new grant, grant/loan and loan program at USDA, authorized and funded by Congress,…

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A New Year Ahead…

A New Year Ahead…

I long ago gave up any pretense that I made New Year’s resolutions and then strove to keep them. Sure, I have my general messages to myself…I’m going to eat better, make it to the gym more often, be more patient and the list goes on but I find that loud pronouncements aren’t effective for me staying on task. But I do have a few routines at the end of the year. I like to read lists of best books…

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Bidding 2019 a Fond Farewell

Bidding 2019 a Fond Farewell

The end of the year is upon us, and as I sip eggnog and munch on potato latkes, it’s also an excellent time to reflect on the year to which we will soon be bidding a fond farewell. This year had an exciting start with the FCC issuing its landmark Universal Service Order in late 2018. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joined us at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo (RTIME) in New Orleans to help celebrate the network investments…

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‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

It feels like we’re all trying to cram in a month of activity in the next 48 hours as the holidays are upon us and time has run short. Holiday shopping? I have been so much less thoughtful on this front than is typical for me as I realize that without Amazon Prime, I might be light- handed for Chanukah and Christmas. Congress seems to be feeling that same sense of pressure but in their closing hours did some pretty amazing…

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