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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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All I Want for Christmas…

All I Want for Christmas…

As we rush into the end of the year, it certainly is a time to reflect on the year we are saying goodbye to and to also look ahead to 2019. We are certainly doing that here at NTCA as we begin to work on our 2019 goals and our 2019 policy priorities and strategies. Other things to ponder are ways to ensure that your teams have the right tools in their hands as we begin the new year. Hopefully…

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How to Celebrate After a Big Week?

How to Celebrate After a Big Week?

The NTCA team knows how to work hard as well as play hard…and that hit home after a busy, successful, and exhausting week at the FCC, Capitol Hill, and USDA as our team worked nonstop on behalf of our rural broadband providers and their consumers. Take for example the “press release” and gift from his team to our own Sr. VP Mike Romano, who led much of our policy efforts and continues to be the smartest person I know (complete…

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Unanimous and Bipartisan Vote at the FCC on Universal Service Fund

Unanimous and Bipartisan Vote at the FCC on Universal Service Fund

Today started off with Mike Romano and I heading over to the FCC to watch the commission’s open meeting in person as they undertook some key steps on Universal Service to shore up the stability and sufficiency of this program that’s so key to ensuring rural Americans have comparable access to broadband services. It was really gratifying being there in person to watch this bipartisan, unanimous vote in favor of setting the course for the future. Today’s action by the…

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Hurray for Congress Moving a Farm Bill

Hurray for Congress Moving a Farm Bill

Every five years, Congress renews its priorities to agriculture and rural America by passing a farm bill with all the rural development and agriculture programs under the purview of USDA. The existing legislation funded programs through 2018 and the clock was literally ticking as the 115th Congress winds down here in Washington, D.C. A collective sigh went out this afternoon as an agreement was reached and the Senate passed the 2018 Farm Bill Conference report by a vote of 87-13…

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The Day After….

The Day After….

The phones are quiet, the ads for simple things like cars and toothpaste are back on television, and the Washington, D.C. metro area is running a little slower and a little later this morning—given a population base that views election cycles as comparable to the World Series. It becomes difficult not to get caught up in the fever particularly during the politically charged times we are living through now. I always enter the political cycle with a basket of wishes;…

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Universal Service: Too Important to Make Bad Bets!

Universal Service: Too Important to Make Bad Bets!

It is no surprise that the FCC has several difficult tasks when it comes to Universal Service. It needs to: 1) reach unserved consumers, 2) make sure those who are served stay served, and 3) ensure that the services being provided to rural Americans are “reasonably comparable” to those that urban consumers receive. The focus always seems to fall on the first of those goals, and certainly reaching those without broadband access is critical and is the source of many…

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