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It’s Iowa State Fair Season…and Rural America is in the Spotlight

It’s Iowa State Fair Season…and Rural America is in the Spotlight

Having grown up in the Midwest, I know very well that many of the states in that region are a mix of urban, suburbs, college towns, rural communities, state parks and farm land.  The first time I really had a sense of anything different was when I was dating my now husband, Don, and driving up to visit his home in New Jersey.  As he announced the towns and cities we were passing through, I was taken aback by the…

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New Chapters in the Universal Service Funds Story of Success

New Chapters in the Universal Service Funds Story of Success

So very much has taken place on the Universal Service Fund front over the course of the past few years, and most significantly with the FCC’s December 2018 USF Order. I’m all about stories and that is why I wanted to share some stories of how these additional resources from the FCC’s USF Order are being put to work by America’s rural broadband companies.  These stories capture the spirit of innovation and community collaboration and these carriers profiled are just…

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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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Rolling Out Smart Rural Communities Across America…Next Stop, Your Community!

Rolling Out Smart Rural Communities Across America…Next Stop, Your Community!

In 2013, NTCA launched our Smart Rural Community initiative to recognize NTCA members who have gone above and beyond in their support of community innovation.  The work that rural broadband providers did in building their networks was key in fueling growth and services for those they serve and our Smart Rural Communities were a way to showcase how rural broadband networks made an entire community “smart”!  It has also been a wonderful way to share the story with policymakers across…

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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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Rural Network Deployment is Key for First Responders

Rural Network Deployment is Key for First Responders

Given their steadfast commitment to public safety, first responders appreciate the importance of a ubiquitous and advanced wireless broadband network in urban and rural areas alike. Indeed, rural consumers have unique public safety needs, from devastating forest fires, floods and tornadoes, to concerns related to military and border facilities. Fortunately, the governing authority overseeing the establishment of a nationwide public safety broadband network (FirstNet) is committed to meeting the communications needs of all first responders – regardless of where they…

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Stories of Innovation

Stories of Innovation

Just sharing one of our stories of innovation that our team has put together based on a wonderful collaboration between the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association, Nelson Communications – one our mutual members, and our wonderful associate members who support our Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge grant program.  I love the continued focus on how broadband can change the lives of rural Americans. Nelson Communications Cooperative (Ntec; Durand, Wis.) is on a mission to confront senior citizens’ loneliness in order to…

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Africa Has Telecom Top of Mind

Africa Has Telecom Top of Mind

We know that there is a rural/rural-digital divide in the United States but fly about 18 hours east and a tad south of our nation’s capital and you hit the challenges of providing access to East Africa. While Africa has witnessed an unprecedented increase in mobile and broadband connectivity in recent years, their leaders have taken a very proactive role in creating real relationships with the private sector and other interested parties with the creation of their Information Communications Technology…

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Smart Rural Communities Can Lead The Way For Rural America

Smart Rural Communities Can Lead The Way For Rural America

  The Smart Rural Community (SRC) Collaboration Challenge, run by NTCA,  is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. It encourages collaboration among community leaders to provide the best technologies. Allocated through fund-matching obligations in the program, it requires local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.  It’s an exciting, relatively new part of our SRC program and not only tells the story of innovation and collaboration…

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Telemedicine for Veterans Comes to Jackson County – Thanks to PRTC

Telemedicine for Veterans Comes to Jackson County – Thanks to PRTC

It’s been months in discussions and deliberations but a few weeks ago, PRTC – a fabulous broadband/telecom cooperative in Kentucky, cut the ribbon and opened their doors to their Virtual Living Room project as a telemedicine center for local veterans right in their community library with the gig service provided by PRTC and a Smart Rural Community Grant from NTCA and our SRC partners. I know that I have shared about this project before because: 1) I am so inspired…

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