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Broadband Executives Gather

Broadband Executives Gather

Here at NTCA, we host a number of key industry meetings a year – and all of them have a huge value (I hope!) for our membership and the various sectors of their staff, governing bodies and leadership.  However, the meeting that is near and dear to my heart is our Telecom Executive Conference which is where I am at this week.  This meeting is always well attended but this year we actually had to cut off attendance to our…

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Let’s Hear a Cheer for International Women’s Day!

Let’s Hear a Cheer for International Women’s Day!

As I turned on the news this morning and watched the wonderful array of women who were profiled for breaking barriers as part of the media’s International Women’s Day celebration, I’ll admit it, I got a little teary hearing the stories of amazing women and what they do to follow their passion and their dreams.  Especially as the mother of two amazing young professional women myself, I am reminded daily of the barriers and challenges that still exist for women–…

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NTCA Saves Week!

NTCA Saves Week!

Welcome to NTCA Saves Week 2019! NTCA Saves Week corresponds with America Saves Week this year. America Saves Week is an annual event that seeks to motivate, encourage, and support U.S. households to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. The theme for NTCA Saves Week this year is Spring Cleaning. Spring will be here before we know it, and it’s the perfect time to get both your home and your finances in order. While I will spare readers the daily…

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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

The quote above is attributed to Jimmy Dean. Yes, that Jimmy Dean who is likely better known for his sausage empire than his quotes; but check the man out, he was pretty fascinating after a successful career as a country singer, and actor (Daniel Boone TV show AND a James Bond movie? Now that’s variety!). He also went into the food industry, became his own spokesman, and moved on to another successful career as a radio host. I guess that…

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Chatting with the Chairman

Chatting with the Chairman

It was a true treat and honor to have FCC Chairman Ajit Pai join NTCA and our members in New Orleans at our RTIME meeting to share his perspective and priorities for the state of rural broadband in our country, and the role that NTCA members play in ensuring forward movement on bridging the digital divide. I loved having the “fireside” chat with the chairman and always appreciate his willingness to engage with our sector including the time he took…

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GetIN with NTCA!

GetIN with NTCA!

The new year provides a great time to slow down and reflect on the past 12 months as well as a time to look forward and plan for the next year.  We’ve been doing a great deal of both here at NTCA in these first few weeks of 2019.  While reflecting, I thought about the last NTCA Membership Survey. We learned that sometimes here in the NTCA office we’re moving so fast and working on so many things, that we…

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A Fond Farewell to 2018

A Fond Farewell to 2018

I know that in many ways, the year that we are on the verge of parting ways with has been stressful…crazy stock market swings, lots of social media noise, the growing feeling of division within our country, and ending the year with the government on a partial shutdown. However, from the perspective of the rural broadband industry, 2018 was an excellent year. It was a year that saw policymakers move beyond making noise about rural broadband to actually putting money…

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All I Want for Christmas…

All I Want for Christmas…

As we rush into the end of the year, it certainly is a time to reflect on the year we are saying goodbye to and to also look ahead to 2019. We are certainly doing that here at NTCA as we begin to work on our 2019 goals and our 2019 policy priorities and strategies. Other things to ponder are ways to ensure that your teams have the right tools in their hands as we begin the new year. Hopefully…

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How to Celebrate After a Big Week?

How to Celebrate After a Big Week?

The NTCA team knows how to work hard as well as play hard…and that hit home after a busy, successful, and exhausting week at the FCC, Capitol Hill, and USDA as our team worked nonstop on behalf of our rural broadband providers and their consumers. Take for example the “press release” and gift from his team to our own Sr. VP Mike Romano, who led much of our policy efforts and continues to be the smartest person I know (complete…

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My NTCA Benefits…Not Slowed Down by Snow

My NTCA Benefits…Not Slowed Down by Snow

I should have been en route to our Asheville benefits operation today but the latest superstorm Diego (and what is it with naming storms lately?) put a squash on those plans. I was really looking forward to spending time with our team in our benefits center along with SVP, Les Greer, as we started the soft launch of our “My NTCA Benefits” portal. This multiyear project is on the verge of kicking off and will be a fabulous addition to…

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