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Happy 100th Birthday GTA

Happy 100th Birthday GTA

It’s not every day that a state association turns 100 years old – so given my usual tact and appreciation for protocol – I invited myself to the Georgia Telecom Association’s 100th anniversary celebration!  There was a terrific turnout for the meeting, hosted by GTA President John Scott, CEO of Bullock Telephone Cooperative and Adam Wise, the Executive Director for GTA, with representatives from 22 Georgia companies present and accounted for. Think about 100 years in the context of the…

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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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Rural Gig Going Strong – 150 Rural Providers Recognized Strong!

Rural Gig Going Strong – 150 Rural Providers Recognized Strong!

As community-based technology providers, NTCA members know that a key part of their business model is to stay on the edge of what’s next and what consumers need. That is one reason why so many RLECs in our family have taken the plunge and leap of faith to bring gigabit broadband—delivering internet speeds up to 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households—to their communities. Google Fiber has folks in awe but honestly, bringing gig services to…

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Great Places for Innovators…Rural America, Of Course!

Great Places for Innovators…Rural America, Of Course!

I opened up my emails this morning to a message from John Scott, the CEO/GM of Bulloch Telecom Coop down in Georgia regarding some national press that Bulloch received today so I quickly opened up the link to a story in Forbes entitled “Quit Your Job: 7 Places In The U.S. So Cheap You Can Afford To Be An Entrepreneur”.  The premise of the article from a millennial digital entrepreneur was the hunt that she and her fiancé went through…

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Broadband Vouchers Won’t Help Rural America Connect

Broadband Vouchers Won’t Help Rural America Connect

A few weeks ago, the Daily Yonder, a rural oriented publication (which I actually do read!) had posted a story from a former FCC staffer who shared his take that broadband vouchers were, among other initiatives, the way to build rural broadband networks. I took offense at that suggestion after my 30 plus years in working in the telecommunications industry and having a pretty strong sense of what it actually takes to build and maintain these networks. I appreciated the…

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Regional in Lincolnshire with Gig Services Top of Mind

Regional in Lincolnshire with Gig Services Top of Mind

Here we are in Lincolnshire, Ill., just outside of Chicago, for our “hump” meeting Regional Conference (in clearer terms, it’s our third out of five Regionals this summer). The Midwestern meeting is always one of my favorites, with this entire group of attendees so ready to engage. While I am not quite at the stage of being able to repeat some of the presentations by heart, I thoroughly enjoyed our session where those who have received NTCA’s gig certification shared…

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Peer Engagement, Expert Learning—NTCA Regionals Begin!

Peer Engagement, Expert Learning—NTCA Regionals Begin!

We’ve kicked off our 2016 Regional Conference season here in Williamsburg, Va., with well over 300 NTCA members from across the Southeast participating in an excellent program that our team—with content lead by Dennis McGarry—put together. Preconferences on board legal issues and the tech behind the traffic were well attended, as was the special session that Les Greer and his team had pulled together for participants in our R&S program. Today was filled with some really informative presentations on the continued…

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And Then There Were Two …

And Then There Were Two …

Now that we are a month away from convention season and the major political parties have their presumptive nominees, NTCA has weighed in with the Republican National Committee and the National Democratic Committee through correspondence with their respective chairman to share the important task that NTCA members hold in investing in our country’s future by deploying state-of-the-art communications technology for the benefit of every American. With technology, consumer demands and global competition constantly evolving, we encouraged the Republican and Democratic…

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Painting a Gig Picture

Painting a Gig Picture

One really cool thing that NTCA unveiled last week at our RTIME meeting was the new interactive Smart Rural Community and Gig Certified map that our fabulous communications team has put together to help tell and show (or show and tell!) the story of rural communications and how communities are getting top services, along with the necessary collaboration to maximize those offerings. It was fun to share the map with our Gig Certified members at a special champagne toast before…

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What’s Next?

What’s Next?

Here at NTCA’s RTIME meeting in Florida, we’re a few days in, and have already had some amazing presentations talking about technology, innovation and the Internet of Things. Is it only Tuesday? The NTCA board met on Sunday and conducted nearly a full day of association business in addition to a few hours of policy discussion with executives and committee leadership. Doug Boone, CEO of Premier Communications, was elected as our new board president and will be a terrific leader…

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