Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington DC…at least when it comes to the need for future-proofed rural broadband networks! Senator Wicker and Congressman Welch join NTCA and our partners at the Fiber Broadband Association for the unveiling of our National FiberFAST plan today.  As many folks know, fiber infrastructure is central to America’s broadband future.  National broadband goals – including higher performance services, real-time applications, smart communities, precision agriculture and better access to healthcare and education – will not…

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Technology for Seniors and Other Thoughts…

Technology for Seniors and Other Thoughts…

My appreciation to my friends at the Wisconsin State Telecom Association for not appearing to be sick of me yet and continuing to extend invitations for me to have an excuse to journey back to my old stomping grounds in the midwest.  This year was even more poignant because it gave me a reason to stop in Chicago for a night to check on my dad and make my way up to Wisconsin from there instead of my typical flight…

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Wrapping Up a Week of Infrastructure

Wrapping Up a Week of Infrastructure

While the Trump Administration may have made this week another Infrastructure Week, I have found that visiting with NTCA members, infrastructure, fiber builds and broadband deployments are all top of mind.  Visiting with CEO Troy Schilling, CEO of West River Telecommunications in North Dakota while I was in Fargo, he shared that they are looking to complete their fiber builds this year and are making good progress in the most remote portions of their service territory.  Jon Stouffer, CEO of Granby in Missouri has…

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Infrastructure Week #3 is a Week on the Road

Infrastructure Week #3 is a Week on the Road

Given that this is another celebration of Infrastructure and the need to make some serious investments as a nation – it feels only fitting that I am on “the road” and am seeing my share of planes, airports, highways, bridges and of course, staying connecting via broadband connectivity.  As far as I’m concerned, every week could be Infrastructure Week! I started off early Monday morning heading to beautiful Omaha, Nebraska which continues to carry the wear and tear of a…

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Mapping 2.0

Mapping 2.0

How important is mapping our current state of broadband across this country? Important enough to see congressional delegations sending letters to the FCC imploring the Commission to ensure there is accuracy in the collection of voice and broadband service and deployment data to tell the story of where resources should be put moving forward. North Dakota and Kansas have led with full delegation letters expressing concern that the FCC’s current broadband availability maps, particularly when they come to showing fixed…

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USDA Event

USDA Event

Yesterday, Michael Daniels (one of our many rock star advocates on the team and former USDA staffer) and I attended an event at USDA that was hosted by the Wall Street Journal.  While the details of the event were a tad fuzzy, I’m never one to turn down an invitation to hear what is top of mind for Secretary Perdue.  It wasn’t until we were in the cab and the latest iteration of the invitation was sent that we saw…

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What’s New For FirstNet and NTCA Members

What’s New For FirstNet and NTCA Members

I spent the early part of this week in the Windy City at NTCA’s Technology and Business Conference.  While I think that we still have work to do to reach out to the CTO’s, operations folks and network managers within our member’’s systems to ensure that even more of our member companies can take advantage of not only the timely topics that cover the range for those involved in the tech or business side of rural broadband business (or both!)…

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Rural Network Deployment is Key for First Responders

Rural Network Deployment is Key for First Responders

Given their steadfast commitment to public safety, first responders appreciate the importance of a ubiquitous and advanced wireless broadband network in urban and rural areas alike. Indeed, rural consumers have unique public safety needs, from devastating forest fires, floods and tornadoes, to concerns related to military and border facilities. Fortunately, the governing authority overseeing the establishment of a nationwide public safety broadband network (FirstNet) is committed to meeting the communications needs of all first responders – regardless of where they…

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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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