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#RtimeInnovates

#RtimeInnovates

We are off and running here at RTIME, NTCA’s annual gathering of thousands of rural broadband providers from across the country and the energy level is wonderfully high. Given that we are spread over at least three hotels and a convention center in downtown Phoenix, I worried in advance that folks would have sore feet by day 3 but that was needless concern as NTCA members continue to make their way to various sessions to take advantage of the wonderful…

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Virtual Living Room Opens in Bristol, Vermont

Virtual Living Room Opens in Bristol, Vermont

Today is one of the kind of days that remind me why I love my job! I took the early morning flight from Washington DC to Burlington, Vermont (it’s not the travel I love…4 delays/gates later for a 75 minute flight) to join our innovative leaders at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telcom, friends at CoBank, co-workers from the Foundation for Rural Service, numerous reps from VA Health in Vermont, the American Legion Post 19 Commander, representatives from the Vermont congressional…

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White House Releases Rural Community Action Guide on Response to Addiction Issues

White House Releases Rural Community Action Guide on Response to Addiction Issues

NTCA has had a long and very productive working relationship with Anne Hazlett, beginning with her work as the top Rural Development policymaker at USDA under Secretary Perdue. While we were sad to see her leave, her departure simply meant a new role focusing on issues critical to rural America that deserve the policy attention she was willing to give to it – the opioid epidemic and its impact on rural America. Anne is now the Senior Advisor for Rural…

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A New Year, A New Look At Wellness

A New Year, A New Look At Wellness

Quickly whipping through some trade press today, an article that cited a recent Wall Street Journal analysis on mortality caught my eye. Americans are increasingly dying of heart disease and strokes as they hit middle age – a trend that seems to be hitting much of our country equally, which suggests that the underlying causes of heart disease are more universal and tougher to address than was once thought. It used to be easy to pin the health statistics on…

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CES Ends Another Round

CES Ends Another Round

I have yet to actually experience first hand the chaos, glamour and mind-blowing technology showcased at CES every year in Las Vegas but I find myself living vicariously through our own Josh Seidemann’s blogs and updates. Check out his latest Medium post entitled Privacy, Promise and Temptation as he shares his take on the latest show that wrapped up last week. Given our interest in technology and health care, it’s no surprise that Josh spent a fair amount of time…

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The Foundation for Rural Service Gives Back

The Foundation for Rural Service Gives Back

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate an anniversary than to give back, and that is exactly what the Foundation for Rural Service did today in selecting their 2019 FRS grant recipients. A record 26 companies were selected with $100,000 in grant support going to rural communities across the country. Now that’s what I call an anniversary present! The Foundation for Rural Service does a number of key programs and runs some amazing educational opportunities – but I…

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USDA’s New Broadband Program Bringing Service to Rural America

USDA’s New Broadband Program Bringing Service to Rural America

NTCA was very excited to support USDA’s new ReConnect grant, grant and loan program when it was voted into existence by Congress and implemented by the team at RUS. However, I’m not going to lie, when the first grants out of the box were distributed to an electric utility and municipality, I became a tad concerned that the RLECs were going to be cut out of the process given that they have been doing the job already of building networks…

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Time for Reflection After Veterans Day

Time for Reflection After Veterans Day

Now that we are a few days past our annual Veterans Day remembrance and nods of appreciation to those who have served our country with honor, it’s time to take a deeper dive into what we and technology can really be doing to support those who have protected our democracy, security and freedom. I was recently horrified to hear the latest statistics on the suicide rate for our American veterans – over 20 commit suicide a day.  A day!  Per…

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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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