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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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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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2019 Begins With Constructive Dialogue

2019 Begins With Constructive Dialogue

My family once gave me a shirt from the “Life is good” company (whose founder was recently profiled at some NTCA meetings during 2018) noting that “the glass was half full”. That kind of optimism is my mantra…until it isn’t. I spent much of 2016 and 2017 looking at FirstNet, the public-private, public safety network as a tough nut to crack (but certainly one worth working at) with hopes that the building of this national public safety network would actually…

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FirstNet in Rural America – Time for a Real and Public Status Check

FirstNet in Rural America – Time for a Real and Public Status Check

When FirstNet was first announced, it offered much promise but there were also many questions about whether and how it would reach rural America.  As NTCA members know all too well, it’s a unique challenge to make the business case for infrastructure investment and ongoing network operations in areas where population densities may be only few people per square mile (or even less). The efforts to get FirstNet up and running tried to tackle a few of these questions, at…

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FirstNet Update and Call for Action

FirstNet Update and Call for Action

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced March 30, 2017, that it had reached an agreement with AT&T to build, operate, and maintain the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). That announcement was huge and finally unleashed the opportunity for carriers to act to ensure that their assets and interests were at the table.  AT&T is off and running. The project is moving quickly; as AT&T begins deploying the network this fall, it is important to ensure rural telecom providers seek…

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The Importance of Public Safety, for All Americans

The Importance of Public Safety, for All Americans

I took a road trip this week, of sorts, out to Reston, Virginia to meet with TJ Kennedy, long time leader of the relatively newly established FirstNet . TJ has had quite a ride having been with FirstNet nearly from the start and being a key player in putting all of the many pieces together that are required for creating a nationwide public safety network and culminating with the recent announcement that AT&T has won the contract to begin building…

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