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Jun 22 2017

The Face Behind the Voice

NTCA’s very own SVP of Industry Affairs and Business Development Michael Romano testified today before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade at their hearing on “Improving Broadband Deployment: Solutions for Rural America”.  It was certainly a week for these discussions and Mike was the perfect “clean up batter” and …

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Jun 22 2017

Trump Talks Rural Broadband and NTCA Numbers Show a Slowdown

President Donald Trump traveled to Iowa yesterday and said that expanded access to broadband internet service in rural areas will be part of the infrastructure plan he will submit to Congress, helping to bridge a digital divide that leaves small towns behind. “I will be including a provision in our infrastructure proposal — $1 trillion …

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Jun 20 2017

Underfunded USF Support Will Stop Rural Broadband Investment

What is now becoming clearly the draconian impacts of the USF’s budget mechanism control on the high cost fund will have numerous opportunities to be shared this week as I had the chance to tell the story of rural broadband providers and the challenges they face trying to continue to build broadband in rural markets …

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Jun 16 2017

A Moment of Civility

I find the state of Maine to be one of the more politically interesting states with a long history of independent thinking and a true mix of political takes.  It was pretty fascinating having some time with Senator Angus King from Maine yesterday during a lunch we had hosted for the Senator with a number …

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Jun 09 2017

White House Concludes Infrastructure Week

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. …

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Jun 06 2017

“Broadband is #1 Infrastructure Issue in this Country”

So noted Congresswoman Blackburn, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee that oversees telecommunications. That was music to the ears of rural broadband providers in the state of Tennessee at their statewide meeting today in Franklin. The Congresswoman had spoken to NTCA’s membership at our spring L&P meeting and graciously agreed to continue the …

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