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Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Heading back from hot and humid but lovely and hospitable Savannah, Georgia as we wrap up our inaugural Summer Symposiums for the year. Nearly 400 NTCA rural broadband providers gathered for a few days of focusing on what matters, strategic thinking, good governance policies, the latest in advocacy topics for the industry, cybersecurity and a host of other topics relevant to ensuring that the time in a company’s boardroom is time well spent. The opportunity to hit on these critical…

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5G Wireless Services are a Complement to Wired Tech – Not a Replacement!

5G Wireless Services are a Complement to Wired Tech – Not a Replacement!

The buzz around 5G continues to build at a frantic pace.  It’s hard to turn the television on without a carrier claiming to be the first or fastest to market with these services and I am finding that even some policymakers are assuming that 5G will be the solution to the rural/rural digital divide.  That is why I was so pleased that Morning Consult published an op-ed piece today that I had written  on keeping perspective for how these networks…

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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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Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with an NPR reporter who has really developed a strong interest in rural broadband deployment and the challenges and opportunities associated with ensuring that more Americans achieve connectivity. When she and I were catching up we talked about network and home capacity also being an issue that needs to be taken into consideration when we talk about what is “good enough” for rural Americans. As I noted in the discussion, the need for…

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Corporate Realignment as the World Turns

Corporate Realignment as the World Turns

Today Verizon announced that they are restructuring their business units to better align for what they anticipate to be a robust future in the 5G world. With a new CEO at the helm, VZ announced that they are splitting their operation into three customer-facing units at the start of the new year. One of the divisions will be combining fixed and mobile operations focusing on the consumer market, another will do the same for the business sector. The third unit…

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Talking Networks, Technology, Programming, and Trends….

Talking Networks, Technology, Programming, and Trends….

I made an East Coast day trip (what a treat, other than a 4:30 a.m. wake up!) to Atlanta today to participate in the SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo. The show is the largest cable telecommunications event in North America. It was interesting to hear from the perspective of someone who works with ILECs and who also happens to be a cable provider. I couldn’t decide if I felt like a telco stalker, or if I was among industry brethren. I landed…

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Wireless Needs Wires and 5G Will Need It Fiber Fed

Wireless Needs Wires and 5G Will Need It Fiber Fed

Like many folks in the communications industry, I read a great deal of trade press. Mostly it consists of skimming through various publications to see what and where the buzz is on any given day. On many a given day lately, the buzz is 5G and how it will transform our society in general. Pretty broad-brush words of praise for a technology that has yet to have any global industry standards. However, Verizon upped the ante this week when they…

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Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

Rural Carrier Access to Spectrum More Critical Than Ever

I get it…if I were running the world, or at least Sprint or T-Mobile, I would seek synergies and scope that allow me to compete – on some level – with the behemoths of AT&T and VZW.  As the wireless market becomes saturated and churn slows down, it’s going to take creativity and scale to claim a critical part of the marketing pie.  But what does that mean for rural America? More competition in urban markets?  More competition for the…

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