#RtimeInnovates

#RtimeInnovates

We are off and running here at RTIME, NTCA’s annual gathering of thousands of rural broadband providers from across the country and the energy level is wonderfully high. Given that we are spread over at least three hotels and a convention center in downtown Phoenix, I worried in advance that folks would have sore feet by day 3 but that was needless concern as NTCA members continue to make their way to various sessions to take advantage of the wonderful…

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Virtual Living Room Opens in Bristol, Vermont

Virtual Living Room Opens in Bristol, Vermont

Today is one of the kind of days that remind me why I love my job! I took the early morning flight from Washington DC to Burlington, Vermont (it’s not the travel I love…4 delays/gates later for a 75 minute flight) to join our innovative leaders at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telcom, friends at CoBank, co-workers from the Foundation for Rural Service, numerous reps from VA Health in Vermont, the American Legion Post 19 Commander, representatives from the Vermont congressional…

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White House Releases Rural Community Action Guide on Response to Addiction Issues

White House Releases Rural Community Action Guide on Response to Addiction Issues

NTCA has had a long and very productive working relationship with Anne Hazlett, beginning with her work as the top Rural Development policymaker at USDA under Secretary Perdue. While we were sad to see her leave, her departure simply meant a new role focusing on issues critical to rural America that deserve the policy attention she was willing to give to it – the opioid epidemic and its impact on rural America. Anne is now the Senior Advisor for Rural…

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Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Takes Another Step Forward

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Takes Another Step Forward

For too long, NTCA members have heard the calls from consumers in neighboring rural areas desperate for broadband, and they have tried to respond wherever they can while also continuing to invest and deliver high-quality services in their own deeply rural communities. We all know the stories of the larger company service territory in a rural area being the last they bring service to and consumers getting increasingly frustrated. Today’s vote to establish the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund offers great…

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5G, Workforce of the Future and Next Steps for ReConnect…

5G, Workforce of the Future and Next Steps for ReConnect…

Whew, it’s been quite a week out here in Washington DC.  In spite of what the headlines look like, there are a number of activities still underway that are constructive in a news cycle that looks to be all political. NTCA was delighted to receive the phone call from the Senate Commerce Committee to join the discussion earlier this week on 5G and the workforce needed in the communications space.  We may have only had 24 hours to prepare but…

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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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