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Video Issues are Critical to Rural Broadband Providers Too!

Video Issues are Critical to Rural Broadband Providers Too!

While mission critical issues such as Universal Service have occupied a great deal of the press from NTCA in terms of what we are up to these days, that certainly does not mean that we also don’t devote a fair amount of time and energy to video issues – battling the crazy imbalance on retransmission consent agreements that our members are subjected to (because I would not even consider calling them a negotiation in any way, shape or form!), working…

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Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Leadership is defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. Governance is the process of governing over a social system – like a rural broadband provider.  Both of those skills sound easier to implement than they can be, so I’m really excited that we have transformed with the times here at NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and transitioned away from our long-held regional meetings to a new format focused on director training (for both…

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As FCC Prepares for August Meeting, NTCA Looks to Promote Better Broadband Mapping – and Better Broadband Results!

As FCC Prepares for August Meeting, NTCA Looks to Promote Better Broadband Mapping – and Better Broadband Results!

As has been the case pretty much every month on Chairman Pai’s watch, the FCC has a packed agenda for August.  A number of important issues are teed up, but NTCA has focused on a couple that are very important to overcome the digital divide – and to sustain broadband where it’s in place today.  As the time to talk with the FCC before its votes draws to a close, we’ve been reaching out to the commissioners’ offices to make…

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NTCA Rural Broadband Women Hit The Policy Trail

NTCA Rural Broadband Women Hit The Policy Trail

It was so fun hosting our (now) third annual Women in Telecommunications fly-in to Washington DC this past week with 28 women from NTCA member providers coming to Washington DC to talk policy with women policymakers in our nation’s capital.  I was impressed at how many of our female executives were game to come out to DC during the hottest and most humid month of the year but I do think that “big hair” aside, everyone found the trip to…

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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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