Keeping Critical Connections is Key

Keeping Critical Connections is Key

Proving that bipartisanship is still alive and well in Washington DC and that rural consumers have a voice during this pandemic, Senator Klobuchar (D-MN), fresh off the Presidential campaign trail paired up with Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to introduce key legislation earlier this week. The Keeping Critical Connections Act was introduced with the intent of helping small broadband providers ensure that broadband connectivity for their rural consumers, students and now-online workers would be maintained during the Coronavirus pandemic duration. And…

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Entering Week 2 of Remote Work in the Age of COVID-19

Entering Week 2 of Remote Work in the Age of COVID-19

The roads in Washington DC are quiet, the metros are empty as is the space in our headquarters building in Arlington,VA as well as our service center in Asheville, NC as we enter the 2nd week of ensuring our team is taking social isolation seriously and working from home. I remain grateful to those on our team who have still come in to open mail, pay invoices and support our ongoing renovation efforts (as if things were not chaotic enough!)….

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Cyber Hygiene Needs to Stay Top of Mind!

Cyber Hygiene Needs to Stay Top of Mind!

I know that there a million (literally) pressing and urgent things on the table for everyone this week. Truly. But even as we have a national emergency underway, I have been stunned at the number of phishing attempts that are still coming through our network – while we are seeing so many folks step up for good, the “bad” guys find times of vulnerability an opportunity. Guess it’s always been that way but it feels particularly crummy as we worry…

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Pandemic Resources for Rural Broadband Providers

Pandemic Resources for Rural Broadband Providers

These are certainly challenging times as our entire country (actually, our entire world) has hunkered down as we watch this unprecedented epidemic of COVID-19 sweep across the globe. Even as we have all struggled to figure out how to keep our staffs, our colleagues and our families safe during these unsettled times, at NTCA we have also really focused on the resources that will be useful to our member companies across the country as they also look to maintain their…

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Lessons From Mom

Lessons From Mom

Our country is certainly facing numerous challenges right now as we all work together to do anything and everything needed to keep our employees, friends and family safe as our nation confronts this coronavirus pandemic. Scary stuff for sure. For weeks, it has been like watching a hurricane off the coast. Knowing that this viral virus was heading our way but continuing to hope that preventative measures would kick in quickly enough to keep the brunt of the illness at…

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RDOF Is Too Critical For a Dice Roll

RDOF Is Too Critical For a Dice Roll

The last time the FCC held a reverse auction to distribute critical universal service funds for rural broadband deployment, satellite provider Viasat was among the auction winners. And won big. The company won about $122 million over 10 years in the Connect America Fund Phase II auction to deploy broadband service to unserved portions in 20 states.  The jury is still out on how they actually accomplished these goals. The FCC proposes to allow satellite companies to participate in these auctions again…

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A Joyous Reunion

A Joyous Reunion

As some folks in my NTCA family know, our youngest daughter Kelsey has been working overseas in the Middle East for the past 4 months. Her gig ended last week and Don and I were on pins and needles eagerly awaiting her return. Given that we have also been taking care of her little pup (ok, not so little anymore) Luna during her absence, we were not the only one eager to greet her back home. Sometimes, there is no…

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Honoring Industry Leaders

Honoring Industry Leaders

There is no better way to wrap up a terrific RTIME meeting than by celebrating those in the rural broadband industry who have always gone above and beyond in the work they do for the companies they work for and the customers they serve. Frankly, it’s my very favorite time at the podium! Today was special with a number of folks who have put their heart and soul into service who we were able to recognize our last morning…bright and…

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#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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