New Leadership In the Senate Commerce Space

New Leadership In the Senate Commerce Space

Every new Congress brings a bit of a rotating chair exercise as vacant seats are filled and leadership slots are filled with new players. While I would certainly credit Senator Roger Wicker for a vast array of congressional and commerce-oriented experiences, this January was his first time to take the full Senate Commerce Committee leadership gavel and control over the Senate agenda for all things under their vast jurisdiction, including communications issues. Sen. Wicker, who has served in the Senate…

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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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This One is Personal…

This One is Personal…

Sometimes a platform can be a catharsis, so I am hoping you will indulge me in taking the liberty to share something very personal which is the obituary I wrote for my mother who passed away last week at the age of 80. While her health was never her strength, her decline unfortunately came quickly. I have a whole new respect for hospice staff who communicated frequently enough with me to ensure I made it off a plane from a statewide and onto…

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Chatting with the Chairman

Chatting with the Chairman

It was a true treat and honor to have FCC Chairman Ajit Pai join NTCA and our members in New Orleans at our RTIME meeting to share his perspective and priorities for the state of rural broadband in our country, and the role that NTCA members play in ensuring forward movement on bridging the digital divide. I loved having the “fireside” chat with the chairman and always appreciate his willingness to engage with our sector including the time he took…

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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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Let’s Put Politics Aside And Open The Government…

Let’s Put Politics Aside And Open The Government…

I’ve spent the past 36 years in D.C. and have seen many things…but nothing like this most recent, record-setting government shutdown. I’m usually optimistic about rifts being resolved and I pity the government employees who are used as ping-pong balls in the process. This has been a different process and much harder to figure out. Regardless of your politics and perspective, you’re being impacted. If you’re a rural broadband provider you’re seeing the inability, on the advocacy front, to have…

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A Brave New World

A Brave New World

Someday I am going to get my act together in early January and make it out to the famous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to experience firsthand what it is like to be a kid in the ultimate (tech) candy shop! I’m not one for crowds but the idea of being able to see the future in all its glory would be pretty gratifying. Given that I have to sometimes live vicariously through others—and that our ‘plan B’ if…

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GlobalWIN Heads to West Virginia

GlobalWIN Heads to West Virginia

As I have shared with some folks in the past, one of my favorite extracurricular activities for the last several years has been my engagement with a group based in Washington, D.C. called the Global Women’s Innovation Network. Known as GlobalWIN, this bipartisan organization provides a dynamic forum for women who are passionate about innovation and is now comprised of a network of executives as well as thought leaders in academia, government, and business who work in innovation-driven fields. However,…

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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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And the 116th Congress is on its way….

And the 116th Congress is on its way….

On January 2nd the new Congress was sworn in for their new terms and away we go. This picture was taken from one of the many swearing-in parties myself and our team attended over the week as we welcomed back old friends and introduced ourselves to the new players who are flooding Washington, D.C.  (Of course, the irony that this particular picture was taken from atop the new Spy Museum which is not yet opened to the public, was not lost…

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