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Telling the Smart Rural Community Story…

Telling the Smart Rural Community Story…

My heart always skips an extra beat when a reporter calls…never quite sure what their motivation or angle might be but I’m always anxious to tell the story of NTCA members and the services they provide to their communities. But I had such a energetic discussion with writer Sue Halpern, writer for The New Yorker (including her phone cutting off in the middle of her discussion from her relatively rural home in Vermont with her Price Cap carrier provider struggling…

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So Much To Be Grateful For…

So Much To Be Grateful For…

Holiday season means wonderful chaos, family, food, doggies, leftovers and walks through the autumn leaves…and we had that in spades this weekend as Leah and her friend Brett drove from Chicago with Sawyer (another golden pup) to spend the week with Don and I. Given that Brett has never been to Washington DC, the two of them spent a great deal of time seeing every museum and every site special to our nation’s capital….I would get tired just hearing their…

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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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The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

So many NTCA members really go above and beyond and make sacrifices for the young people in rural communities, knowing that this next generation represents the future of their areas. But Ron Laudner of OmniTel Communications, and former NTCA board member, is willing to go bald – all in the name of supporting Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) scholarships. Three shears (get it?) for Ron and OmniTel for their creative campaign to raise at least $25,000 for FRS scholarships by…

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Big Sky Country – A lot of Land, Not A lot of People

Big Sky Country – A lot of Land, Not A lot of People

I was delighted to be invited by Geoff Feiss, head of the Montana Telecommunications Association, to come out to join his meeting this past week in beautiful Big Sky Country to share some thoughts and perspective on what is taking place in Washington DC and in the telecom industry generally. I seldom turn down a trip to such a beautiful part of our country…and am always stunned by the vast swaths of land with few inhabitants while I am making…

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Sharing Adam’s Mississippi Fiber Adventure

Sharing Adam’s Mississippi Fiber Adventure

I am in Montana, at the wrap of the MTA meeting and will share my own western thoughts shortly but wanted to share the words of our own Adam Jorde following his trip to Mississippi this week for some key time with NTCA members and DC leadership. Read on….. On a muggy August morning in Bay Springs, Mississippi, Joey Garner and Lisa Wigington of Telephone Electronics Corporation (TEC) graciously welcomed me to their headquarters. Appearing more like a construction site…

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Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Heading back from hot and humid but lovely and hospitable Savannah, Georgia as we wrap up our inaugural Summer Symposiums for the year. Nearly 400 NTCA rural broadband providers gathered for a few days of focusing on what matters, strategic thinking, good governance policies, the latest in advocacy topics for the industry, cybersecurity and a host of other topics relevant to ensuring that the time in a company’s boardroom is time well spent. The opportunity to hit on these critical…

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Opioids, Rural America and Broadband

Opioids, Rural America and Broadband

It’s hard to pick up a news source these days without seeing a reference to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths here in our country.  In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose.  That number translates to 197 people a day.  That counts as a national tragedy and epidemic for sure particularly since an overwhelming majority of these overdose deaths involve an opioid.  Rural America can be particularly hard hit given the lack of some support networks…

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