Before There Was Twitter, There Was Telco: NTCA Launches Its 2019 Throwback Campaign!

Before There Was Twitter, There Was Telco: NTCA Launches Its 2019 Throwback Campaign!

This week we gathered in Washington, D.C., to champion the success of rural broadband providers expanding their reach with the support of good public policies and to advocate for all the good work our member companies do. We heard from many speakers who touched on issues important to our members like broadband mapping, telehealth, and the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, announced last Friday. We also celebrated our strong legacy of success and commitment to rural America through service excellence. To further that…

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A Few Days On Capitol Hill

A Few Days On Capitol Hill

This week saw the annual return of NTCA members to pound the pavement of Capitol Hill.  I did have to convince a few folks that even without Congress in session this week, coming to our nation’s capital and being able to share the story of rural broadband innovation (and thank congressional staffers for all of their efforts over the course of the past year) was certainly worth the trip!  I certainly hope they felt the value when they flew out…

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Big Day For Moving Rural Telecommunications Forward

Big Day For Moving Rural Telecommunications Forward

Thankfully today is Friday, April 12th and not April 1st.  There are so many good things happening that I simply want to ensure that there are no April Fool’s shenanigans going on! We started the day with a call initiated by the White House hosting FCC Chairman Pai who shared that later in the day he would be heading to the White House for a briefing on 5G as well as a new rural broadband funding initiative being rolled out….

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Getting Ready to Hit the Hill!

Getting Ready to Hit the Hill!

Next week is NTCA’s annual pilgrimage up to Capitol Hill and a prime opportunity to share their stories of how they are continuing their broadband builds in the rural parts of our country.  I know some folks are bummed that Congress will be on recess that week but honestly, it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend even more time with the key congressional staffers from the offices of these elected officials and to dig a little bit deeper into the issues…

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Just sharing one of our stories of innovation that our team has put together based on a wonderful collaboration between the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association, Nelson Communications – one our mutual members, and our wonderful associate members who support our Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge grant program.  I love the continued focus on how broadband can change the lives of rural Americans. Nelson Communications Cooperative (Ntec; Durand, Wis.) is on a mission to confront senior citizens’ loneliness in order to…

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Let’s Talk Rural Broadband

Let’s Talk Rural Broadband

The House Rural Broadband Caucus showed great leadership today by scheduling a discussion with the caucus, Hill staffers and Chairman Pai and Commissioner Starks from the FCC.  NTCA was honored to help host the event and I was doubly honored to be asked to moderate the discussion….nothing like getting to control the microphone on a topic that is a huge part of the mission of our association. Congressman Wittman from Virginia and the newest co-chair of the Caucus is passionate…

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Rural Broadband and the Next Generation of American Jobs

Rural Broadband and the Next Generation of American Jobs

There are so many ways to share the value proposition for rural broadband, many of them of social and “quality of life” important.  But let’s also be very clear, broadband access is a huge economic driver domestically and internationally and that momentum has no end in sight.  But it’s also easy to simply acknowledge that fact and move on at the 10,000 foot level –  so a huge shout out to NTCA’s Foundation for Rural Service for digging deeper into…

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The Customer is King…and Other Growth IQ Words of Wisdom

The Customer is King…and Other Growth IQ Words of Wisdom

At NTCA’s recent Telecom Executive Forum, we had Tiffani Bova, the growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce, come share some thoughts and wisdom from her book, Growth IQ.  In the association world, we hear a lot of speakers – at our conference as well as at other industry meetings we attend.  I’m usually good for about 15 minutes before I start to fidget but with Tiffani – I was 100 percent engaged and committed during her entire presentation and found…

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5G Wireless Services are a Complement to Wired Tech – Not a Replacement!

5G Wireless Services are a Complement to Wired Tech – Not a Replacement!

The buzz around 5G continues to build at a frantic pace.  It’s hard to turn the television on without a carrier claiming to be the first or fastest to market with these services and I am finding that even some policymakers are assuming that 5G will be the solution to the rural/rural digital divide.  That is why I was so pleased that Morning Consult published an op-ed piece today that I had written  on keeping perspective for how these networks…

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Keeping It All In The Family

Keeping It All In The Family

Spring is (finally) in the air and at our Arlington, Virginia headquarters, we continue to live through being in the middle of construction zone central.  We were brutally reminded of the ensuing chaos over the past 72 hours while our power to the building was off with a blown out transformer.  Nothing makes you realize how dependent your operation is on electricity until you have none! So I tried to spend some time this weekend thinking about happier things….like the…

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