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It’s All About The Fiber. #FiberFast

It’s All About The Fiber. #FiberFast

On the heels of our co-hosting a recent event up on Capitol Hill – FiberFast – touting the future-proofed value of fiber construction and networks, I came across some interesting industry statistics from the Leichtman Research Group.  Their analysis showed that AT&T added a relatively small number of broadband customers – net- in the first quarter of 2019. But for the same first quarter of the year, AT&T shared that they also added almost 300,000 fiber customers.  Those numbers meant…

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Why I’m Bullish on Our Future

Why I’m Bullish on Our Future

We may have daily concerns on the national security front but I had the opportunity this week to witness some future national leaders that made me excited about the next generation that is interested in getting into public service for our country. I was invited by an organization called Lead for America to come address their trainees before they headed off for two year assignments back in into their local communities.  I had never heard of this program and while…

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Taking a Rural Broadband Discussion to the Top

Taking a Rural Broadband Discussion to the Top

About a month ago, Congressman James Clyburn, Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives and proud South Carolinian, initiated a new Congressional task force focused on rural broadband.  In my mind, you can never have enough task forces, committees or ad hoc groups in policy circles pondering this important topic. As soon as the task force was announced by Representative Clyburn, we requested the opportunity to meet with him to share our perspective and ideas on the tools,…

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Rolling Out Smart Rural Communities Across America…Next Stop, Your Community!

Rolling Out Smart Rural Communities Across America…Next Stop, Your Community!

In 2013, NTCA launched our Smart Rural Community initiative to recognize NTCA members who have gone above and beyond in their support of community innovation.  The work that rural broadband providers did in building their networks was key in fueling growth and services for those they serve and our Smart Rural Communities were a way to showcase how rural broadband networks made an entire community “smart”!  It has also been a wonderful way to share the story with policymakers across…

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Interesting Bedfellows

Interesting Bedfellows

I do find that in the world of Washington DC, some of the most interesting advocacy is done when you have the most diverse group of interests to work with. That came to mind for me recently when NTCA sent a letter to the FCC, along with ACA (the smaller cable folks) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association applauding their announcement to create the Rural Digital Opportunities Fund (RDOF), which is the logical and much needed follow-up to the…

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Where the Past Meets the Future

Where the Past Meets the Future

In the spirit of “never a dull moment”, NTCA celebrated its 65th anniversary on June 1st. There has been unprecedented evolution in the communications space in that timeframe! That also was the same day that our Foundation for Rural Service had well over 100 high-achieving high school students from rural America land at DCA to begin their Washington DC adventure – learning about our American history, Democracy and maybe a little bit about communications and how policies are crafted that…

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Let Us All Remember…

Let Us All Remember…

On Memorial Day, I always feel a heavy weight upon my shoulder.  Maybe because I never served in our U.S. military but I significantly feel the sacrifice of those who did.  it’s been interesting to me how much more that feeling has amplified with a daughter now at DOD and so significantly tied to our national security and what it really means to serve. (Given these past few weeks she too is working 12 hour days and even today to…

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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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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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