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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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Chatting with the Chairman

Chatting with the Chairman

It was a true treat and honor to have FCC Chairman Ajit Pai join NTCA and our members in New Orleans at our RTIME meeting to share his perspective and priorities for the state of rural broadband in our country, and the role that NTCA members play in ensuring forward movement on bridging the digital divide. I loved having the “fireside” chat with the chairman and always appreciate his willingness to engage with our sector including the time he took…

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Rural America’s Still Waiting….

Rural America’s Still Waiting….

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal ran a piece called “Rural America Still Waiting for Phone Calls That Won’t Connect,” highlighting the ongoing problem with the completion of calls to rural America. Author Drew FitzGerald did a very good job at explaining the frustrating and perplexing problem that has impacted NTCA member companies for years. A caller places a call to a rural exchange and the calls never hit the telephone company’s switch. When the call is dropped, the…

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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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Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with an NPR reporter who has really developed a strong interest in rural broadband deployment and the challenges and opportunities associated with ensuring that more Americans achieve connectivity. When she and I were catching up we talked about network and home capacity also being an issue that needs to be taken into consideration when we talk about what is “good enough” for rural Americans. As I noted in the discussion, the need for…

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USF and Broadband Top of Mind

USF and Broadband Top of Mind

This week has been busy…the last few hours before sunshine rules went into effect prior to the FCC’s vote on the USF order next Wednesday. It feels like the entire industry has been counting down to this time for years…with hundreds and hundreds of congressional and FCC meetings in between. This week I was able to have an ex parte discussion with three of the four FCC commissioners who were willing to have an ex parte discussion. In each of…

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Making a Difference Close to Home

Making a Difference Close to Home

I loved seeing the smile on Doug Boone, CEO of Premier Communications in Iowa, as he sat between the Governor of Iowa and the CEO of The Boeing Company at an airport opening a few weeks ago. That smile is well earned because as a local community leader, Doug put a fair amount of effort into working statewide to have a small regional airport open in their part of northwest Iowa. It’s evident that this economic development event was significant…

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Chairman Pai Speaks…

Chairman Pai Speaks…

It would be an understatement to say that when the FCC’s draft order on the USF budget begins circulating tomorrow, there will be a number of rural broadband providers anxiously reading through the details. The same goes for NTCA staff along with the members of our Industry and Competitive Services committees who have been so engaged and active for years as the quest and battle for USF sufficiency has been waged. We have been most appreciative of the leadership from…

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Cyber Information Sharing – The Next Frontier?

Cyber Information Sharing – The Next Frontier?

I  am so proud of our team here at NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association as we announced that –  in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) – we will explore creating a forum for small, rural telecom operators from across the country to share and receive timely, actionable and relevant cyber information.  Can’t think of a topic that is more timely. At a Capitol Hill briefing, Bob Kolasky, director of the National…

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Corporate Realignment as the World Turns

Corporate Realignment as the World Turns

Today Verizon announced that they are restructuring their business units to better align for what they anticipate to be a robust future in the 5G world. With a new CEO at the helm, VZ announced that they are splitting their operation into three customer-facing units at the start of the new year. One of the divisions will be combining fixed and mobile operations focusing on the consumer market, another will do the same for the business sector. The third unit…

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