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Terrific Digital Opportunities Ahead…But Some Tweaks Are Needed To Prevent Storm Clouds In The Future

Terrific Digital Opportunities Ahead…But Some Tweaks Are Needed To Prevent Storm Clouds In The Future

I wrote recently about how NTCA members are excited to participate in the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auctions, and how pleased we are that FCC Chairman Pai responded to the call of Congress by circulating an order for those auctions that will help strike a terrific balance by looking to reach as many rural Americans as possible while ensuring that the FCC is “buying the best possible networks” for the available budget.  I am energized by the role that NTCA…

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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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What Does Best Buy Want To Be In The Tech World?

What Does Best Buy Want To Be In The Tech World?

Remember the days when you needed a television, printer or camera and you ran over to Best Buy, the big Blue Box store? I recently saw an interview with Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy. She’s an interesting leader to start with but what I find so fascinating is after 20 years in various roles at Best Buy, her latest bet is that the retailer will be a critical partner with senior citizens on the technology front and that market…

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Technology for Seniors and Other Thoughts…

Technology for Seniors and Other Thoughts…

My appreciation to my friends at the Wisconsin State Telecom Association for not appearing to be sick of me yet and continuing to extend invitations for me to have an excuse to journey back to my old stomping grounds in the midwest.  This year was even more poignant because it gave me a reason to stop in Chicago for a night to check on my dad and make my way up to Wisconsin from there instead of my typical flight…

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Big Day For Moving Rural Telecommunications Forward

Big Day For Moving Rural Telecommunications Forward

Thankfully today is Friday, April 12th and not April 1st.  There are so many good things happening that I simply want to ensure that there are no April Fool’s shenanigans going on! We started the day with a call initiated by the White House hosting FCC Chairman Pai who shared that later in the day he would be heading to the White House for a briefing on 5G as well as a new rural broadband funding initiative being rolled out….

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5G Wireless Services are a Complement to Wired Tech – Not a Replacement!

5G Wireless Services are a Complement to Wired Tech – Not a Replacement!

The buzz around 5G continues to build at a frantic pace.  It’s hard to turn the television on without a carrier claiming to be the first or fastest to market with these services and I am finding that even some policymakers are assuming that 5G will be the solution to the rural/rural digital divide.  That is why I was so pleased that Morning Consult published an op-ed piece today that I had written  on keeping perspective for how these networks…

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A Brave New World

A Brave New World

Someday I am going to get my act together in early January and make it out to the famous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to experience firsthand what it is like to be a kid in the ultimate (tech) candy shop! I’m not one for crowds but the idea of being able to see the future in all its glory would be pretty gratifying. Given that I have to sometimes live vicariously through others—and that our ‘plan B’ if…

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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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The Epidemic of Loneliness

The Epidemic of Loneliness

We’re so used to policymakers debating, championing issues, and crafting legislative solutions (hopefully) that we don’t always think about the other dimensions they bring to their roles and lives. Last week, I was reading the Washington Post editorial section, (one way I treat myself by leisurely consuming the entire front section of the Washington Post over a nice cup of coffee). A headline caught my eye, Our Epidemic of Loneliness, written by George Will, as a review of Sen. Ben…

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A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

There are so many applications for critical services that are broadband-enabled and frankly, many of these services are even more vital in a rural community due to the handicap of distance. Chief among them? Access to rural health care services. This has been one of the main reasons why NTCA has been so focused on ways we can help enable a more robust opportunity to bring telemedicine services over the broadband networks our members provide. This is also why we…

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