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#RtimeInnovates

#RtimeInnovates

We are off and running here at RTIME, NTCA’s annual gathering of thousands of rural broadband providers from across the country and the energy level is wonderfully high. Given that we are spread over at least three hotels and a convention center in downtown Phoenix, I worried in advance that folks would have sore feet by day 3 but that was needless concern as NTCA members continue to make their way to various sessions to take advantage of the wonderful…

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The Foundation for Rural Service Gives Back

The Foundation for Rural Service Gives Back

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate an anniversary than to give back, and that is exactly what the Foundation for Rural Service did today in selecting their 2019 FRS grant recipients. A record 26 companies were selected with $100,000 in grant support going to rural communities across the country. Now that’s what I call an anniversary present! The Foundation for Rural Service does a number of key programs and runs some amazing educational opportunities – but I…

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NTCA Members Focus on Vision in Denver

NTCA Members Focus on Vision in Denver

Back in the Denver airport and getting ready to head back home after four action-packed days here at our Fall Conference. It was hard to argue with how we opened this meeting – with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue heading to the podium to share with NTCA members how valuable their networks and connectivity are to the future of rural America. From economic development to precision agriculture, from telemedicine to education – the services offered by community-based broadband providers make all…

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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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