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Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington, D.C.

Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington, D.C.

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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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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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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Small Business Administration Delves into Regulatory Obstacles

Small Business Administration Delves into Regulatory Obstacles

On a plane, trying out a new airline wifi system (competition on the ground AND in the air seems to be the order of the day).  As I was flipping through my emails, my eye was caught by a notice from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that they are looking to hear from individual small businesses on the regulatory barriers that are impacting their business. In the broadband space, the FCC took a credible crack at this with their BDAC…

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New Leadership In the Senate Commerce Space

New Leadership In the Senate Commerce Space

Every new Congress brings a bit of a rotating chair exercise as vacant seats are filled and leadership slots are filled with new players. While I would certainly credit Senator Roger Wicker for a vast array of congressional and commerce-oriented experiences, this January was his first time to take the full Senate Commerce Committee leadership gavel and control over the Senate agenda for all things under their vast jurisdiction, including communications issues. Sen. Wicker, who has served in the Senate…

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Let’s Put Politics Aside And Open The Government…

Let’s Put Politics Aside And Open The Government…

I’ve spent the past 36 years in D.C. and have seen many things…but nothing like this most recent, record-setting government shutdown. I’m usually optimistic about rifts being resolved and I pity the government employees who are used as ping-pong balls in the process. This has been a different process and much harder to figure out. Regardless of your politics and perspective, you’re being impacted. If you’re a rural broadband provider you’re seeing the inability, on the advocacy front, to have…

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GlobalWIN Heads to West Virginia

GlobalWIN Heads to West Virginia

As I have shared with some folks in the past, one of my favorite extracurricular activities for the last several years has been my engagement with a group based in Washington, D.C. called the Global Women’s Innovation Network. Known as GlobalWIN, this bipartisan organization provides a dynamic forum for women who are passionate about innovation and is now comprised of a network of executives as well as thought leaders in academia, government, and business who work in innovation-driven fields. However,…

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And the 116th Congress is on its way….

And the 116th Congress is on its way….

On January 2nd the new Congress was sworn in for their new terms and away we go. This picture was taken from one of the many swearing-in parties myself and our team attended over the week as we welcomed back old friends and introduced ourselves to the new players who are flooding Washington, D.C.  (Of course, the irony that this particular picture was taken from atop the new Spy Museum which is not yet opened to the public, was not lost…

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A Fond Farewell to 2018

A Fond Farewell to 2018

I know that in many ways, the year that we are on the verge of parting ways with has been stressful…crazy stock market swings, lots of social media noise, the growing feeling of division within our country, and ending the year with the government on a partial shutdown. However, from the perspective of the rural broadband industry, 2018 was an excellent year. It was a year that saw policymakers move beyond making noise about rural broadband to actually putting money…

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