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White House Releases Rural Community Action Guide on Response to Addiction Issues

White House Releases Rural Community Action Guide on Response to Addiction Issues

NTCA has had a long and very productive working relationship with Anne Hazlett, beginning with her work as the top Rural Development policymaker at USDA under Secretary Perdue. While we were sad to see her leave, her departure simply meant a new role focusing on issues critical to rural America that deserve the policy attention she was willing to give to it – the opioid epidemic and its impact on rural America. Anne is now the Senior Advisor for Rural…

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Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Takes Another Step Forward

Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Takes Another Step Forward

For too long, NTCA members have heard the calls from consumers in neighboring rural areas desperate for broadband, and they have tried to respond wherever they can while also continuing to invest and deliver high-quality services in their own deeply rural communities. We all know the stories of the larger company service territory in a rural area being the last they bring service to and consumers getting increasingly frustrated. Today’s vote to establish the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund offers great…

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Terrific Digital Opportunities Ahead…But Some Tweaks Are Needed To Prevent Storm Clouds In The Future

Terrific Digital Opportunities Ahead…But Some Tweaks Are Needed To Prevent Storm Clouds In The Future

I wrote recently about how NTCA members are excited to participate in the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auctions, and how pleased we are that FCC Chairman Pai responded to the call of Congress by circulating an order for those auctions that will help strike a terrific balance by looking to reach as many rural Americans as possible while ensuring that the FCC is “buying the best possible networks” for the available budget.  I am energized by the role that NTCA…

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FIBER – Fast Interconnection Between Everything Rural

FIBER – Fast Interconnection Between Everything Rural

Giving credit where credit is due, my thanks to Bob Debroux with TDS for coining what might be one of my new favorite phrases as we enter what is hopefully a new era of placing a public policy priority on fiber and future-proofed networks as the government looks for different ways to close the digital (or rural/rural) divide. Since last spring NTCA has advocated for opportunities for our members to participate in the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), and…

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Being Part of the Solution

Being Part of the Solution

Haven’t you noticed that these days it’s easier for some to whine about circumstances than it is to act? And I totally get it, sometimes finding a solution and being proactive is a little scary and kind of “puts you out there.” But doing just that is what a number of NTCA members have now done in seeking USDA ReConnect support over the past few months. This new grant, grant/loan and loan program at USDA, authorized and funded by Congress,…

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Bidding 2019 a Fond Farewell

Bidding 2019 a Fond Farewell

The end of the year is upon us, and as I sip eggnog and munch on potato latkes, it’s also an excellent time to reflect on the year to which we will soon be bidding a fond farewell. This year had an exciting start with the FCC issuing its landmark Universal Service Order in late 2018. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joined us at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo (RTIME) in New Orleans to help celebrate the network investments…

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So Much To Be Grateful For…

So Much To Be Grateful For…

Holiday season means wonderful chaos, family, food, doggies, leftovers and walks through the autumn leaves…and we had that in spades this weekend as Leah and her friend Brett drove from Chicago with Sawyer (another golden pup) to spend the week with Don and I. Given that Brett has never been to Washington DC, the two of them spent a great deal of time seeing every museum and every site special to our nation’s capital….I would get tired just hearing their…

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Another Spoke in the National Broadband Agenda Wheel

Another Spoke in the National Broadband Agenda Wheel

Last week I had the opportunity to join a panel discussion at the Broadband Communities program and shared my perspective on partnerships and how they might move the ball forward on broadband deployment in hard to serve rural markets. Whether it is NTCA member rural broadband providers partnering with one another, with their state fiber networks, with local electric coops or communities – part of the equation is what it will take for some of our unserved and underserved communities…

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Broadband Communities

Broadband Communities

I had “begged” my way onto a panel slot today for the Broadband Communities conference here in the Washington DC area that focused on Driving America’s Growth to talk about partnerships and other creative ways to think about bringing broadband to underserved communities. I always find these meetings to be so interesting because of the composition of the participants – a lot of community activists, academics, municipality and city leaders, NTCA telco members, electric utilities…and the list goes on. Because…

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It’s All About Making Time For One Last Trip to DC in 2019

It’s All About Making Time For One Last Trip to DC in 2019

Ok, all of my frequent flier program friends. It’s that time of the year when I know what you’re doing…you’re checking your club status and thinking about what adding one more trip to the end of the year will do to move the needle for you getting a “possible” upgrade on your favorite airline sometime in 2020 (and if you’re like me, those upgrades are typically my tiny short flights like DCA to Nashville). Nonetheless, an upgrade is an upgrade…

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