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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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USDA’s New Broadband Program Bringing Service to Rural America

USDA’s New Broadband Program Bringing Service to Rural America

NTCA was very excited to support USDA’s new ReConnect grant, grant and loan program when it was voted into existence by Congress and implemented by the team at RUS. However, I’m not going to lie, when the first grants out of the box were distributed to an electric utility and municipality, I became a tad concerned that the RLECs were going to be cut out of the process given that they have been doing the job already of building networks…

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Time for Reflection After Veterans Day

Time for Reflection After Veterans Day

Now that we are a few days past our annual Veterans Day remembrance and nods of appreciation to those who have served our country with honor, it’s time to take a deeper dive into what we and technology can really be doing to support those who have protected our democracy, security and freedom. I was recently horrified to hear the latest statistics on the suicide rate for our American veterans – over 20 commit suicide a day.  A day!  Per…

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A Staff Retreat to Remember

A Staff Retreat to Remember

When budgets permit, we like to hold an annual retreat for our NTCA team, typically one for our Arlington and one for our Asheville operation. This year, with the number of new members of our team, we decided to hold a staff retreat for the Arlington office with some folks driving up from Asheville that would allow us to spend some time with an NTCA member and share a little bit more insight with our team that spends more time…

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Another Spoke in the National Broadband Agenda Wheel

Another Spoke in the National Broadband Agenda Wheel

Last week I had the opportunity to join a panel discussion at the Broadband Communities program and shared my perspective on partnerships and how they might move the ball forward on broadband deployment in hard to serve rural markets. Whether it is NTCA member rural broadband providers partnering with one another, with their state fiber networks, with local electric coops or communities – part of the equation is what it will take for some of our unserved and underserved communities…

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Bumpy Roads Lead to Beautiful Places

Bumpy Roads Lead to Beautiful Places

Those are the words from Washington Nationals baseball coach, Dave Martinez, who has had his share of challenges in his second year of coaching DC’s relatively new baseball team as DC’s hometown team worked their way into the playoffs and then into the World Series and then returning home tonight as World Series Champions! I had so much fun watching the Nats finally live up to their expectations and found a number of life lessons in their journey. While everyone…

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Broadband Communities

Broadband Communities

I had “begged” my way onto a panel slot today for the Broadband Communities conference here in the Washington DC area that focused on Driving America’s Growth to talk about partnerships and other creative ways to think about bringing broadband to underserved communities. I always find these meetings to be so interesting because of the composition of the participants – a lot of community activists, academics, municipality and city leaders, NTCA telco members, electric utilities…and the list goes on. Because…

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Honoring Those Who Serve

Honoring Those Who Serve

NTCA and our team have been doing a fair amount of work with the Veteran’s Administration over the course of the past several years, recognizing that there is a role that communications services can play in supporting those who have supported our liberty and freedom with their service. Additionally, while the actual statistics vary, it is a known fact that rural Americans are serving at a disproportionate rate in our military and are an integral part of that culture of…

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Talking Broadband With Land O’Lakes

Talking Broadband With Land O’Lakes

Rural broadband access has been a widely debated topic in Washington DC over the last couple of years as policymakers – local and national – have woken up to the fact that there are still a number of citizens in one of the most developed nations in the world that do not have connectivity where they live or work or raise their families. What was gratifying today was having a discussion with a Fortune 500 CEO, Beth Ford, leader of…

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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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