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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Opioids, Rural America and Broadband

Opioids, Rural America and Broadband

It’s hard to pick up a news source these days without seeing a reference to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths here in our country.  In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose.  That number translates to 197 people a day.  That counts as a national tragedy and epidemic for sure particularly since an overwhelming majority of these overdose deaths involve an opioid.  Rural America can be particularly hard hit given the lack of some support networks…

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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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Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Leadership is defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. Governance is the process of governing over a social system – like a rural broadband provider.  Both of those skills sound easier to implement than they can be, so I’m really excited that we have transformed with the times here at NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and transitioned away from our long-held regional meetings to a new format focused on director training (for both…

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As FCC Prepares for August Meeting, NTCA Looks to Promote Better Broadband Mapping – and Better Broadband Results!

As FCC Prepares for August Meeting, NTCA Looks to Promote Better Broadband Mapping – and Better Broadband Results!

As has been the case pretty much every month on Chairman Pai’s watch, the FCC has a packed agenda for August.  A number of important issues are teed up, but NTCA has focused on a couple that are very important to overcome the digital divide – and to sustain broadband where it’s in place today.  As the time to talk with the FCC before its votes draws to a close, we’ve been reaching out to the commissioners’ offices to make…

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To Dream The Impossible Dream

To Dream The Impossible Dream

You would have to be hiding under a rock to not know that today was the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon with the successful adventures of Apollo 11.  The event is historic in so many ways – the use of technology, government commitment, thousands of super smart people, training and training and training and a call from our President, John F. Kennedy to win the international race to the moon. Have you ever played the game of…

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New Chapters in the Universal Service Funds Story of Success

New Chapters in the Universal Service Funds Story of Success

So very much has taken place on the Universal Service Fund front over the course of the past few years, and most significantly with the FCC’s December 2018 USF Order. I’m all about stories and that is why I wanted to share some stories of how these additional resources from the FCC’s USF Order are being put to work by America’s rural broadband companies.  These stories capture the spirit of innovation and community collaboration and these carriers profiled are just…

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NTCA Members Banding Together To Face Down Cyber-Threats

NTCA Members Banding Together To Face Down Cyber-Threats

When you have someone with Jesse Ward’s capabilities on the cyber front…you simply share her own words on NTCA’s latest initiative on the cyber front on behalf of small operators. And so, I am.   By Jesse Ward, Director of Industry and Policy Analysis, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association As you may recall, NTCA recently announced that it is exploring the creation of a new Cyber-Threat Information Sharing Forum for Small Network Operators. A group of 44 small, facilities-based, small operators volunteered…

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NTCA Rural Broadband Women Hit The Policy Trail

NTCA Rural Broadband Women Hit The Policy Trail

It was so fun hosting our (now) third annual Women in Telecommunications fly-in to Washington DC this past week with 28 women from NTCA member providers coming to Washington DC to talk policy with women policymakers in our nation’s capital.  I was impressed at how many of our female executives were game to come out to DC during the hottest and most humid month of the year but I do think that “big hair” aside, everyone found the trip to…

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A New Generation of American Heroes Under Title IX

A New Generation of American Heroes Under Title IX

Title IX, of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 was a revolutionary federal law that declared that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” As a school girl in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin at that time, I was an early beneficiary from this law and always had the opportunity to…

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