Education, Exhibits Continue at RTIME

The Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) continued Tuesday with additional educational sessions, exhibitor presentations and special events.

 Tuesday started with presentations from several exhibitors, followed by regional caucuses. Later Tuesday morning, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association Vice President Bill Hegmann introduced the first presentation of the Second General Session, “Tech Trends to Watch in 2016.” Kevin McGuire, chief operating officer of Enhanced Telecommunications Corp., highlighted new technologies he saw at the CES show in January, including an increased number of services and applications powered by robotics and an abundance of smart cars. Justyn Miller, chief executive officer of South Slope Cooperative Communications, took the stage next to offer in-depth insight on drones, which were another focus at CES. Miller also showed how 3-D mapping and infrared cameras can help save lives, and how these technologies are being used today in rural America.

New NTCA President Takes the Gavel at RTIME

The 2016 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) from NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association continued Monday, as the Swing N’ Sisters kicked off the show’s Opening General Session at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Attendees heard from NTCA leaders and industry experts during several events throughout the day.

ePaper: RLECs and Muni Broadband

 

  This New Edge “E-Paper” explores opportunities for rural communications providers in municipal broadband network initiatives. This two-part article is intended to be an open source document to which readers are encouraged to comment and contribute. The author thanks Dave Brodin of Smithville Fiber for his contributions. A list of selected bibliographic references and source materials can be found at the bottom of this page.

RTIME Kicks Off in Florida

The 2016 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) got underway Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as more than 2,000 NTCA members registered at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for a full day of activities. Attendees took part in educational sessions, sightseeing tours of the Kennedy Space Center and winter park, and the welcome reception.

TECO Reaches Milestones in 2015

The Telecommunications Education Committee Organization (TECO), the voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, is an important element of the association’s advocacy program. Established in 1969, TECO accepts voluntary contributions from authorized individuals associated with NTCA member companies and then distributes these funds to worthy federal congressional candidates. By 2015 year-end, TECO raised more than $281,000—far surpassing its fundraising goal of $275,000.  In addition, this total represents the highest amount ever raised by the PAC in a single year

 

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