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CTC Shares Partnership Philosophy

CTC Shares Partnership Philosophy

NRECA  – the national association for rural electric cooperatives –  recently invited Kristi Westbrock, CEO and general manager of Consolidated Telephone Co. (CTC) in Brainerd, MN, to tell her story of innovation and creative thinking.  CTC has been engaged in broadband partnerships with Minnesota electric cooperatives for a decade and it has been a good experience for CTC, their employees and the people the serve.  If you ask Kristi, she would love to do it again and again. Kristi noted…

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Broadband Executives Gather

Broadband Executives Gather

Here at NTCA, we host a number of key industry meetings a year – and all of them have a huge value (I hope!) for our membership and the various sectors of their staff, governing bodies and leadership.  However, the meeting that is near and dear to my heart is our Telecom Executive Conference which is where I am at this week.  This meeting is always well attended but this year we actually had to cut off attendance to our…

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Let’s Hear a Cheer for International Women’s Day!

Let’s Hear a Cheer for International Women’s Day!

As I turned on the news this morning and watched the wonderful array of women who were profiled for breaking barriers as part of the media’s International Women’s Day celebration, I’ll admit it, I got a little teary hearing the stories of amazing women and what they do to follow their passion and their dreams.  Especially as the mother of two amazing young professional women myself, I am reminded daily of the barriers and challenges that still exist for women–…

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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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I Like Puppies, Chocolate…and Partnerships!

I Like Puppies, Chocolate…and Partnerships!

The dictionary defines partnership as “an association of two or more people as partners”.  The legal notation is that a partnership is an arrangement where parties, know as partners, agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests.  The partners in a partnership may be individuals, businesses, interest-based organizations, schools, governments etc.”  What makes it special in my book?  When it’s an NTCA community broadband provider partnering with another NTCA member, community entity or even another local utility to find ways…

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Small Business Administration Delves into Regulatory Obstacles

Small Business Administration Delves into Regulatory Obstacles

On a plane, trying out a new airline wifi system (competition on the ground AND in the air seems to be the order of the day).  As I was flipping through my emails, my eye was caught by a notice from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that they are looking to hear from individual small businesses on the regulatory barriers that are impacting their business. In the broadband space, the FCC took a credible crack at this with their BDAC…

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American Broadband Initiatives

American Broadband Initiatives

Today the administration released their report on Rural Broadband Development. The 64-page report had feedback from NTIA, USDA, FCC and the White House and detailed efforts on broadband deployment and provided a snapshot into their plans for the upcoming few years. Streamlining, access to federal assets, and maximizing federal funding were all noted as initiatives underway. This includes NTIA’s recently announced initiative on mapping with a pilot project underway in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West…

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GetIN with NTCA!

GetIN with NTCA!

The new year provides a great time to slow down and reflect on the past 12 months as well as a time to look forward and plan for the next year.  We’ve been doing a great deal of both here at NTCA in these first few weeks of 2019.  While reflecting, I thought about the last NTCA Membership Survey. We learned that sometimes here in the NTCA office we’re moving so fast and working on so many things, that we…

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#BipartisanTech

#BipartisanTech

The ideas of bipartisanship and technology should not be hard concepts to grasp, and support for the melding of both was in full force during a panel discussion at the Next Century Cities “Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy” session today. Former FCC staffer and Conexon founder Jon Chambers, Harold Feld from Public Knowledge, Brent Skorup with the Mercatus Center at GMU, and myself were led in the discussion by Chris Mitchell with the Community Broadband Networks. Our panel was focused on…

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Starting the New Year with a Full Tank

Starting the New Year with a Full Tank

2018 felt crazy-busy. Maybe everything in our lives is accelerated thanks to the zero downtime lifestyle many of us have adopted with 24/7 access to information as well as one another. In the spirit of starting the new year on the right note, Don and I went to a farmhouse inn in Virginia near lovely Afton Mountain for a few days. It was actually a retreat that I signed us up for months ago as one of Don’s birthday presents…

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