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Happy 100th Birthday GTA

Happy 100th Birthday GTA

It’s not every day that a state association turns 100 years old – so given my usual tact and appreciation for protocol – I invited myself to the Georgia Telecom Association’s 100th anniversary celebration!  There was a terrific turnout for the meeting, hosted by GTA President John Scott, CEO of Bullock Telephone Cooperative and Adam Wise, the Executive Director for GTA, with representatives from 22 Georgia companies present and accounted for. Think about 100 years in the context of the…

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Taking a Rural Broadband Discussion to the Top

Taking a Rural Broadband Discussion to the Top

About a month ago, Congressman James Clyburn, Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives and proud South Carolinian, initiated a new Congressional task force focused on rural broadband.  In my mind, you can never have enough task forces, committees or ad hoc groups in policy circles pondering this important topic. As soon as the task force was announced by Representative Clyburn, we requested the opportunity to meet with him to share our perspective and ideas on the tools,…

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Where the Past Meets the Future

Where the Past Meets the Future

In the spirit of “never a dull moment”, NTCA celebrated its 65th anniversary on June 1st. There has been unprecedented evolution in the communications space in that timeframe! That also was the same day that our Foundation for Rural Service had well over 100 high-achieving high school students from rural America land at DCA to begin their Washington DC adventure – learning about our American history, Democracy and maybe a little bit about communications and how policies are crafted that…

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Let Us All Remember…

Let Us All Remember…

On Memorial Day, I always feel a heavy weight upon my shoulder.  Maybe because I never served in our U.S. military but I significantly feel the sacrifice of those who did.  it’s been interesting to me how much more that feeling has amplified with a daughter now at DOD and so significantly tied to our national security and what it really means to serve. (Given these past few weeks she too is working 12 hour days and even today to…

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Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington, D.C.

Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington, D.C.

Bipartisanship is alive and well in Washington DC…at least when it comes to the need for future-proofed rural broadband networks! Senator Wicker and Congressman Welch join NTCA and our partners at the Fiber Broadband Association for the unveiling of our National FiberFAST plan today.  As many folks know, fiber infrastructure is central to America’s broadband future.  National broadband goals – including higher performance services, real-time applications, smart communities, precision agriculture and better access to healthcare and education – will not…

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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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Wrapping Up a Week of Infrastructure

Wrapping Up a Week of Infrastructure

While the Trump Administration may have made this week another Infrastructure Week, I have found that visiting with NTCA members, infrastructure, fiber builds and broadband deployments are all top of mind.  Visiting with CEO Troy Schilling, CEO of West River Telecommunications in North Dakota while I was in Fargo, he shared that they are looking to complete their fiber builds this year and are making good progress in the most remote portions of their service territory.  Jon Stouffer, CEO of Granby in Missouri has…

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Infrastructure Week #3 is a Week on the Road

Infrastructure Week #3 is a Week on the Road

Given that this is another celebration of Infrastructure and the need to make some serious investments as a nation – it feels only fitting that I am on “the road” and am seeing my share of planes, airports, highways, bridges and of course, staying connecting via broadband connectivity.  As far as I’m concerned, every week could be Infrastructure Week! I started off early Monday morning heading to beautiful Omaha, Nebraska which continues to carry the wear and tear of a…

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USDA Event

USDA Event

Yesterday, Michael Daniels (one of our many rock star advocates on the team and former USDA staffer) and I attended an event at USDA that was hosted by the Wall Street Journal.  While the details of the event were a tad fuzzy, I’m never one to turn down an invitation to hear what is top of mind for Secretary Perdue.  It wasn’t until we were in the cab and the latest iteration of the invitation was sent that we saw…

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What’s New For FirstNet and NTCA Members

What’s New For FirstNet and NTCA Members

I spent the early part of this week in the Windy City at NTCA’s Technology and Business Conference.  While I think that we still have work to do to reach out to the CTO’s, operations folks and network managers within our member’’s systems to ensure that even more of our member companies can take advantage of not only the timely topics that cover the range for those involved in the tech or business side of rural broadband business (or both!)…

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