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A New Generation of American Heroes Under Title IX

A New Generation of American Heroes Under Title IX

Title IX, of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 was a revolutionary federal law that declared that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” As a school girl in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin at that time, I was an early beneficiary from this law and always had the opportunity to…

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Keeping It All In The Family

Keeping It All In The Family

Spring is (finally) in the air and at our Arlington, Virginia headquarters, we continue to live through being in the middle of construction zone central.  We were brutally reminded of the ensuing chaos over the past 72 hours while our power to the building was off with a blown out transformer.  Nothing makes you realize how dependent your operation is on electricity until you have none! So I tried to spend some time this weekend thinking about happier things….like the…

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The Need For Speed

The Need For Speed

DC had another one of our classic snowstorms yesterday.  The predictions were higher than the reality, pretty typical for this region, but the mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain was certainly enough to keep people off the roads and schools and offices closed for the day. Remember when a snow day meant that you dug the sled or saucer out of the garage and took the kids to find a hill with enough vertical for sledding?  Or when you…

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This One is Personal…

This One is Personal…

Sometimes a platform can be a catharsis, so I am hoping you will indulge me in taking the liberty to share something very personal which is the obituary I wrote for my mother who passed away last week at the age of 80. While her health was never her strength, her decline unfortunately came quickly. I have a whole new respect for hospice staff who communicated frequently enough with me to ensure I made it off a plane from a statewide and onto…

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Starting the New Year with a Full Tank

Starting the New Year with a Full Tank

2018 felt crazy-busy. Maybe everything in our lives is accelerated thanks to the zero downtime lifestyle many of us have adopted with 24/7 access to information as well as one another. In the spirit of starting the new year on the right note, Don and I went to a farmhouse inn in Virginia near lovely Afton Mountain for a few days. It was actually a retreat that I signed us up for months ago as one of Don’s birthday presents…

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Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with an NPR reporter who has really developed a strong interest in rural broadband deployment and the challenges and opportunities associated with ensuring that more Americans achieve connectivity. When she and I were catching up we talked about network and home capacity also being an issue that needs to be taken into consideration when we talk about what is “good enough” for rural Americans. As I noted in the discussion, the need for…

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Holidays are about Families…

Holidays are about Families…

It feels a bit like we have hurtled into this holiday season.  Getting caught up in the search for the perfect presents, for stocking stuffers and for ways to celebrate the holiday season has occupied the past few weeks.  And then there is the arrival of the family – via plane and  other mechanisms of bringing families under one roof. And then it happens – everyone is together, my idea of nirvana. Our family is a mix of cultures and…

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So Much to be Grateful For

So Much to be Grateful For

Thanksgiving platters are cleaned and put away and leftovers have all been placed into plastic storage containers that Kelsey carted off this morning when she left for work at the crack of dawn. Leah caught a noon flight back to Chicago so she could save on another night of doggy boarding fees and Don and I simply had time to reflect on how lucky we truly are. On Thanksgiving I typically make every family member go around the dinner table…

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First They Came…

First They Came…

Other than my dog Cassie the wonder pup or my children, I am usually pretty tempered about what I choose to share personally. Although, take me out for a glass of wine and I might just overshare…. But this past week has been a powerful reminder for me that regardless of how far I think we have come as a nation, we still have work to do in embracing all the cultures and diversity that make our rich tapestry and…

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Africa Has Telecom Top of Mind

Africa Has Telecom Top of Mind

We know that there is a rural/rural-digital divide in the United States but fly about 18 hours east and a tad south of our nation’s capital and you hit the challenges of providing access to East Africa. While Africa has witnessed an unprecedented increase in mobile and broadband connectivity in recent years, their leaders have taken a very proactive role in creating real relationships with the private sector and other interested parties with the creation of their Information Communications Technology…

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