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The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

So many NTCA members really go above and beyond and make sacrifices for the young people in rural communities, knowing that this next generation represents the future of their areas. But Ron Laudner of OmniTel Communications, and former NTCA board member, is willing to go bald – all in the name of supporting Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) scholarships. Three shears (get it?) for Ron and OmniTel for their creative campaign to raise at least $25,000 for FRS scholarships by…

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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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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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Digital Challenges

Digital Challenges

One of my very, very favorite initiatives of our Foundation for Rural Service  (FRS) has been our newly-launched Rural Youth App Challenge. The FRS is excited to announce the second annual app challenge which really speaks to rural youth about the importance of serving and improving the rural communities where they live—through technology that NTCA members provide. I am here to help spread the word! What is the challenge? Finding a venue for students to develop a concept for a…

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When Washington DC Meets Rural South Dakota

When Washington DC Meets Rural South Dakota

NTCA’s Foundation for Rural Service does so very much for the rural broadband industry and even more for the communities that these companies serve—but one of my favorite FRS activities is their annual trek out of D.C. with a gaggle of Capitol Hill staffers and into the real world (i.e. out of D.C.!) to see how rural networks are built and to help them better understand the challenges of broadband deployment where the land is vast and the people far…

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FRS Launches Fabulous Rural Youth App Challenge – Winners Announced!

FRS Launches Fabulous Rural Youth App Challenge – Winners Announced!

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) has a number of tools in its toolkit focused on improving the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues and engaging many of the impacted communities in this quest. There are so very many tools that FRS staff use to achieve their mission but I am particularly excited about their most recent effort to launch an inaugural Rural Youth App Challenge which asks students to develop concepts for mobile…

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What Gets Measured In a Cyber Economy?

What Gets Measured In a Cyber Economy?

And what is the transactional value of the internet in Rural America?  Both of which are critical questions that the Foundation for Rural Service attempts to answer with their recently released study looking to measure those key factors and others that impact our economy. Obviously, every day consumers use the Internet for a ton of reasons – social media, commerce, entertainment, shopping, banking and the list goes on.  FRS worked with iGR to seek some insights into a few key…

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Rural Youth App Challenge from FRS Unleashed!

Rural Youth App Challenge from FRS Unleashed!

 Years ago, when I worked for Verizon, I always found it intriguing how much the senior executives in the corporation looked forward to heading out to California to “hang out” with app developers and picking some great creative minds.  I can recall one time when I had the opportunity to participate in a briefing for Lowell McAdam (now Verizon’s CEO), was struck by his enthusiasm for the app developers contest and immediately downloaded all of the apps he noted as…

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Foundation for Rural Service Awards Grants for Improving Quality of Life in Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural Service Awards Grants for Improving Quality of Life in Rural Communities

The Foundation for Rural Service, FRS as it is affectionately known in the NTCA community, recently named the recipients of its 2017 grants in support of advancing quality of life and enabling economic development in rural America. The winning projects will help rural communities overcome challenges related to access to technology, improving educational offerings, combating opioid addiction and providing telemedicine and first response emergency services to rural areas. All of the projects are endorsed by rural broadband companies that are…

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Telehealth Focus Yields Great Discussion

Telehealth Focus Yields Great Discussion

Senator Capito from West Virginia may have “been in the dark” in our ballroom today over at the Westin as we—and the Foundation for Rural Service as well as our Smart Rural Community program—hosted a session on telehealth, “Rural Health at a Digital Crossroads: Improving Care With Telehealth” at the conclusion of our TEPS conference. Her remarks were really filled with “the light” of how to elevate the technology and streamline the process to create new opportunities for rural communities….

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