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Video Issues are Critical to Rural Broadband Providers Too!

Video Issues are Critical to Rural Broadband Providers Too!

While mission critical issues such as Universal Service have occupied a great deal of the press from NTCA in terms of what we are up to these days, that certainly does not mean that we also don’t devote a fair amount of time and energy to video issues – battling the crazy imbalance on retransmission consent agreements that our members are subjected to (because I would not even consider calling them a negotiation in any way, shape or form!), working…

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The Need For Speed

The Need For Speed

DC had another one of our classic snowstorms yesterday.  The predictions were higher than the reality, pretty typical for this region, but the mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain was certainly enough to keep people off the roads and schools and offices closed for the day. Remember when a snow day meant that you dug the sled or saucer out of the garage and took the kids to find a hill with enough vertical for sledding?  Or when you…

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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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A Fond Farewell to 2018

A Fond Farewell to 2018

I know that in many ways, the year that we are on the verge of parting ways with has been stressful…crazy stock market swings, lots of social media noise, the growing feeling of division within our country, and ending the year with the government on a partial shutdown. However, from the perspective of the rural broadband industry, 2018 was an excellent year. It was a year that saw policymakers move beyond making noise about rural broadband to actually putting money…

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Save Local Media Efforts

Save Local Media Efforts

It’s sometimes hard to pick up the trade press or even local newspapers and see the continued push for consolidation.  While I am a big fan of synergies and finding ways to achieve scope and scale, I also see the real, authentic value of local providers – of any service.  Someone who knows and cares about the local community and has a vested interest in finding ways to serve their neighbors.  It’s really not the best analogy but for the…

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IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

I might be a tad challenged at programming my new Smart TV but that doesn’t mean that I don’t keep a close eye on technology trends. It’s one of the reasons I think that the agenda for our IP Vision meeting is so critical. This year’s IP Vision Conference & Expo looked at the intersection of business and technology in our rapidly-changing industry. Carriers and solution providers conducted most sessions jointly to demonstrate real-world examples of how new technologies can…

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CES 2017: The Smart Cane Revolution

CES 2017: The Smart Cane Revolution

The following post is republished from NTCA’s blog, The Exchange, featuring dispatches from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by NTCA Vice President of Policy Josh Seidemann. For more from CES, visit The Exchange.   (Las Vegas) Although PR materials for CES indicate a four-day conference, it is preceded by a day-and-a-half of media-only programming, as well as a full schedule of formal conference programming (I am not in Vegas for the full show; I think that only the most…

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World Domination

World Domination

Clearly the board members of AT&T and Time Warner have been locked together in a mysterious board room today based on this evening’s announcement that AT&T will be aggressively expanding beyond wireless and broadband (and telephone) as it jumps right into the programming and content world with the $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. Time Warner, the parent company of such major programming entities as CNN, TNT, HBO and numerous other channels and websites (which means that AT&T will now own…

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Even the FCC Acknowledges Soaring Video Costs

Even the FCC Acknowledges Soaring Video Costs

Yesterday the FCC released its “Report on Cable Industry Prices,” which is a survey conducted by the FCC based on information provided by cable TV providers and telecom companies that provide video services to their consumers. Interestingly, this survey does not include inputs from satellite TV providers or AT&T U-verse. The results of this survey, while not surprising in the least, highlight the drastically rising costs for video programming and retransmission fees, and increase my disappointment that this FCC has walked away from…

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FCC Backs Away From Retransmission Market Failure—What a Shame For Consumers

FCC Backs Away From Retransmission Market Failure—What a Shame For Consumers

How very, very discouraging to see FCC Chairman Wheeler’s blog post today as he made the most disappointing decision to back away from addressing one of the most serious, regulatory-driven market failures in the communications space. The evidence is beyond obvious that antiquated rules governing transmission of broadcast networks serve only to line the coffers of broadcasters at the expense of consumers and to the peril of distribution networks that carry this content to consumers. The decision to retreat from…

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