While there were a number of exciting national developments in the news this week, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association was particularly focused on the week having been designated as Infrastructure Week. With numerous high level meetings and discussions, it was gratifying to hear that broadband is near the top of that list for many key policymakers.
It was also a busy week for rural broadband policy, NTCA members and staff participated in several news opportunities, including a feature by RFD-TV about rural broadband challenges and an op-ed in Washington, D.C., about ongoing open internet proceedings.
- I had the opportunity to talk to RFD-TV About Rural Broadband RFD-TV, a TV channel devoted to rural issues, recently interviewed me for a news segment about the inclusion of broadband as a priority in the new administration’s infrastructure plan. I welcomed the chance to discuss challenges associated with making sustainable broadband available and affordable in rural areas. The interview aired on RFD-TV on Wednesday, June 7, and is available online. I am certain that my mother, if she watches the clip, will wonder why I don’t remember to brush my hair before a camera turns on!
- NTCA also Says ‘Rules of the Road’ Are Needed to Ensure Open Internet NTCA has long advocated that basic “rules of the road” are needed to ensure an open internet. In an op-ed published this week by Morning Consult, I had the chance to focus on the practical concerns rural broadband providers face in ensuring open access for their customers.
- FCC Chairman Ajit Pai visits NTCA member companies FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been on the road this week visiting rural communities across the upper Midwest and norther Plains states learning about challenges rural broadband providers face and discussing how the FCC can help. Local news outlets have been reporting on his visits, including the Sioux City Journal in Sioux City, Iowa and I have been following along through some of our member’s twitter feeds and photos shared. While the tour is nearly complete (South Dakota this morning and I think Wyoming this afternoon) folks can follow Chairman Pai’s travels on his twitter account. It’s always interesting to see the Chairman’s take on his experience. I loved the tweet from visiting Golden West!