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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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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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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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Mapping Might Be The Hottest Broadband Topic

Mapping Might Be The Hottest Broadband Topic

And critically important since the only way to make some of the wisest policy decisions will be based on what infrastructure truly exists for consumer use in all parts of our country  – if that task is actually possible or if we’ll have to settle for “close enough”.  NTCA has a group of members, with far more insight than I have, working together to explore possible, accurate and workable solutions.  That is why I wanted to share some insights and…

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CTC Shares Partnership Philosophy

CTC Shares Partnership Philosophy

NRECA  – the national association for rural electric cooperatives –  recently invited Kristi Westbrock, CEO and general manager of Consolidated Telephone Co. (CTC) in Brainerd, MN, to tell her story of innovation and creative thinking.  CTC has been engaged in broadband partnerships with Minnesota electric cooperatives for a decade and it has been a good experience for CTC, their employees and the people the serve.  If you ask Kristi, she would love to do it again and again. Kristi noted…

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American Broadband Initiatives

American Broadband Initiatives

Today the administration released their report on Rural Broadband Development. The 64-page report had feedback from NTIA, USDA, FCC and the White House and detailed efforts on broadband deployment and provided a snapshot into their plans for the upcoming few years. Streamlining, access to federal assets, and maximizing federal funding were all noted as initiatives underway. This includes NTIA’s recently announced initiative on mapping with a pilot project underway in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West…

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