It’s the last regional of the year as we kick off in Jackson, Wyoming this week. We’re between seasons here in Jackson which means the room rates are hovering at $100 a night or about double the price of valet parking at a DC hotel, the streets are a tad quiet and the snow fell beautifully the other evening as I lugged my parka gladly around with me for this meeting. In addition, NTCA member SilverStar Communications serves in the area and CLECs in Jackson and it was fun to swing by their business office and see the wonderful work they do in an area with more elk than people.
But…the buffalo, elk in the backyards near the hotel and even a baby bear cub in a tree were all on full display as we get ready to close our Regional Conferences for the year and after 2018, begin our transition to our Summer Leadership Symposiums instead. The content and the intimate nature of these meetings will be missed but as with many things, it’s time to be thoughtful about transitioning to the future needs of our industry and those we serve and not necessarily to doing things just because we have always done them.
Because this time of year is not without travel challenges, we had a pre-con speaker unable to make her flight in time for her presentation this afternoon. Thanks to the speedy efforts of our team – Christina Childs on the logistics and Mark Marion on the content – the session was able to continue using remote technology.
According to Mark, “Here are Kristy Szabo and Dusty Johnson from Vantage Point utilizing the robust broadband networks in Mitchell, South Dakota and Jackson Hole, Wyoming to overcome travel difficulties and provide a fantastic session to our members on The Big Revenue Picture for Rural Telcos.”
And that is 21st Century technology in rural America.