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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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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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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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Vanderbilt Health Care Continues to Lead on the Telemedicine Front

Vanderbilt Health Care Continues to Lead on the Telemedicine Front

NTCA has had a productive relationship with the telemedicine team at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee given their leading edge on the telemedicine front.  Dr. Charles, the chief medical officer for Vanderbilt’s Neuroscience Center and head of their Telemedicine Program has participated in NTCA meetings in the past and was one of our key participants during our White House Summit on this key topic a few years ago.  So Vanderbilt’s leadership in this area has been long established. That was why…

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A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

A Virtual Option for Rural Health Care

There are so many applications for critical services that are broadband-enabled and frankly, many of these services are even more vital in a rural community due to the handicap of distance. Chief among them? Access to rural health care services. This has been one of the main reasons why NTCA has been so focused on ways we can help enable a more robust opportunity to bring telemedicine services over the broadband networks our members provide. This is also why we…

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Telemedicine is a Win-Win Proposition

Telemedicine is a Win-Win Proposition

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with Politico reporter David Pittman about the important role of broadband infrastructure in expanding telehealth adoption in rural areas. We chatted about the key role that broadband plays in the future of healthcare and I was excited to see in the article he wrote that he had similar conversations with a number of policymakers and organizations in the healthcare space. We all agree: Robust and sustainable broadband infrastructure is necessary for expanding…

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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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What A Week It Was….

What A Week It Was….

So much going on these days….Mike Dolezal, CEO of Range Telecom in Montana came out to DC this week and presented on behalf of NTCA to the Senate Dems Rural Summit on the importance of rural broadband.  Not only did Mike do a terrific job, but he also had a an opportunity to connect with Senator Jon Tester from his home state. I journeyed on to Maine to meet with the Telecommunications Association of Maine and join them in their…

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Virtual Living Rooms to Become a Reality

Virtual Living Rooms to Become a Reality

I could not have been more excited when I got the call from Keith Gabbard, CEO of PRTC in McKee, Kentucky sharing with us that after over a year of noodling, talking, collaborating and planning, he had the VA officials from Lexington show up in his town yesterday to ink the agreement to work together on using telemedicine, PRTC’s network and the local library to create a Virtual Living Room (VLR) space to allow for the healthcare support of veterans…

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