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It’s Time to Think About Employee Health

It’s Time to Think About Employee Health

Certainly not the sexiest topic but one of the most important in the workplace is ensuring that our employees have adequate health care coverage.  Not to be overly maternal but it is a service and a benefit that I think employers have an obligation to provide if they are capable and conversely, employees should appreciate how much of an employer’s time and resources are devoted to the benefit side of the financial ledger for a company.  So, it is that…

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What Does Best Buy Want To Be In The Tech World?

What Does Best Buy Want To Be In The Tech World?

Remember the days when you needed a television, printer or camera and you ran over to Best Buy, the big Blue Box store? I recently saw an interview with Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy. She’s an interesting leader to start with but what I find so fascinating is after 20 years in various roles at Best Buy, her latest bet is that the retailer will be a critical partner with senior citizens on the technology front and that market…

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NTCA Members Focus on Vision in Denver

NTCA Members Focus on Vision in Denver

Back in the Denver airport and getting ready to head back home after four action-packed days here at our Fall Conference. It was hard to argue with how we opened this meeting – with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue heading to the podium to share with NTCA members how valuable their networks and connectivity are to the future of rural America. From economic development to precision agriculture, from telemedicine to education – the services offered by community-based broadband providers make all…

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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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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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