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A New Year, A New Look At Wellness

A New Year, A New Look At Wellness

Quickly whipping through some trade press today, an article that cited a recent Wall Street Journal analysis on mortality caught my eye. Americans are increasingly dying of heart disease and strokes as they hit middle age – a trend that seems to be hitting much of our country equally, which suggests that the underlying causes of heart disease are more universal and tougher to address than was once thought. It used to be easy to pin the health statistics on…

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Bidding 2019 a Fond Farewell

Bidding 2019 a Fond Farewell

The end of the year is upon us, and as I sip eggnog and munch on potato latkes, it’s also an excellent time to reflect on the year to which we will soon be bidding a fond farewell. This year had an exciting start with the FCC issuing its landmark Universal Service Order in late 2018. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joined us at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo (RTIME) in New Orleans to help celebrate the network investments…

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‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

It feels like we’re all trying to cram in a month of activity in the next 48 hours as the holidays are upon us and time has run short. Holiday shopping? I have been so much less thoughtful on this front than is typical for me as I realize that without Amazon Prime, I might be light- handed for Chanukah and Christmas. Congress seems to be feeling that same sense of pressure but in their closing hours did some pretty amazing…

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A Room With A View…And Meetings With A Purpose

A Room With A View…And Meetings With A Purpose

This past week was a week of whirlwind travel. Up to NYC on Monday to join the Group Health Trustees for their annual opportunity to wrap up the year of business on the various health benefits offered by NTCA to our members and their staffs. While the trip should have been a blissfully easy one – it took me nearly 10 hours of travel and trains, planes (almost) and cabs to finally make it to NYC. Quite a feat given…

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It’s Time to Think About Employee Health

It’s Time to Think About Employee Health

Certainly not the sexiest topic but one of the most important in the workplace is ensuring that our employees have adequate health care coverage.  Not to be overly maternal but it is a service and a benefit that I think employers have an obligation to provide if they are capable and conversely, employees should appreciate how much of an employer’s time and resources are devoted to the benefit side of the financial ledger for a company.  So, it is that…

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Bringing Together HR and Benefits Leadership

Bringing Together HR and Benefits Leadership

Nearly wheels up from NTCA’s recent successful HR, Benefits and OSHA conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. What a treat it was to spend a few days with the folks who are so key to rural broadband operations when it comes to recruiting, retention, benefit enrollment, safety training and so much more. The sessions were all packed and the attendees were really engaged (who could be more welcoming than a team of HR professionals?). I loved how many folks came…

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Much Accomplished in the Mountain Air

Much Accomplished in the Mountain Air

Nothing like a good (or even ok) cup of coffee after 3 days of leadership meetings on behalf of the association out in Utah this week! The Summer Business Conference for the association is always jam-packed with NTCA strategic thinking and board meetings, our GHP Trustees gathering, the FRS board coming together for committee and board meetings and the SMC board of directors doing one of their face-to-face meetings as well.  A lot of association leadership in one place and…

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The Customer is King…and Other Growth IQ Words of Wisdom

The Customer is King…and Other Growth IQ Words of Wisdom

At NTCA’s recent Telecom Executive Forum, we had Tiffani Bova, the growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce, come share some thoughts and wisdom from her book, Growth IQ.  In the association world, we hear a lot of speakers – at our conference as well as at other industry meetings we attend.  I’m usually good for about 15 minutes before I start to fidget but with Tiffani – I was 100 percent engaged and committed during her entire presentation and found…

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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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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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