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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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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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Mapping 2.0

Mapping 2.0

How important is mapping our current state of broadband across this country? Important enough to see congressional delegations sending letters to the FCC imploring the Commission to ensure there is accuracy in the collection of voice and broadband service and deployment data to tell the story of where resources should be put moving forward. North Dakota and Kansas have led with full delegation letters expressing concern that the FCC’s current broadband availability maps, particularly when they come to showing fixed…

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A Few Days On Capitol Hill

A Few Days On Capitol Hill

This week saw the annual return of NTCA members to pound the pavement of Capitol Hill.  I did have to convince a few folks that even without Congress in session this week, coming to our nation’s capital and being able to share the story of rural broadband innovation (and thank congressional staffers for all of their efforts over the course of the past year) was certainly worth the trip!  I certainly hope they felt the value when they flew out…

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Big Day For Moving Rural Telecommunications Forward

Big Day For Moving Rural Telecommunications Forward

Thankfully today is Friday, April 12th and not April 1st.  There are so many good things happening that I simply want to ensure that there are no April Fool’s shenanigans going on! We started the day with a call initiated by the White House hosting FCC Chairman Pai who shared that later in the day he would be heading to the White House for a briefing on 5G as well as a new rural broadband funding initiative being rolled out….

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Let’s Talk Rural Broadband

Let’s Talk Rural Broadband

The House Rural Broadband Caucus showed great leadership today by scheduling a discussion with the caucus, Hill staffers and Chairman Pai and Commissioner Starks from the FCC.  NTCA was honored to help host the event and I was doubly honored to be asked to moderate the discussion….nothing like getting to control the microphone on a topic that is a huge part of the mission of our association. Congressman Wittman from Virginia and the newest co-chair of the Caucus is passionate…

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New Leadership In the Senate Commerce Space

New Leadership In the Senate Commerce Space

Every new Congress brings a bit of a rotating chair exercise as vacant seats are filled and leadership slots are filled with new players. While I would certainly credit Senator Roger Wicker for a vast array of congressional and commerce-oriented experiences, this January was his first time to take the full Senate Commerce Committee leadership gavel and control over the Senate agenda for all things under their vast jurisdiction, including communications issues. Sen. Wicker, who has served in the Senate…

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Let’s Put Politics Aside And Open The Government…

Let’s Put Politics Aside And Open The Government…

I’ve spent the past 36 years in D.C. and have seen many things…but nothing like this most recent, record-setting government shutdown. I’m usually optimistic about rifts being resolved and I pity the government employees who are used as ping-pong balls in the process. This has been a different process and much harder to figure out. Regardless of your politics and perspective, you’re being impacted. If you’re a rural broadband provider you’re seeing the inability, on the advocacy front, to have…

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GlobalWIN Heads to West Virginia

GlobalWIN Heads to West Virginia

As I have shared with some folks in the past, one of my favorite extracurricular activities for the last several years has been my engagement with a group based in Washington, D.C. called the Global Women’s Innovation Network. Known as GlobalWIN, this bipartisan organization provides a dynamic forum for women who are passionate about innovation and is now comprised of a network of executives as well as thought leaders in academia, government, and business who work in innovation-driven fields. However,…

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And the 116th Congress is on its way….

And the 116th Congress is on its way….

On January 2nd the new Congress was sworn in for their new terms and away we go. This picture was taken from one of the many swearing-in parties myself and our team attended over the week as we welcomed back old friends and introduced ourselves to the new players who are flooding Washington, D.C.  (Of course, the irony that this particular picture was taken from atop the new Spy Museum which is not yet opened to the public, was not lost…

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