The four regional meetings held this summer by NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association, gave smaller telcos in the US a chance to learn more about key technologies and stay up-to-date on regulatory issues, while learning more about marketing, human relations and board leadership as well.
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The four meetings, held on successive weeks in four locations -- Portland, Ore.; Myrtle Beach, SC; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Kansas City, Mo. -- brought hundreds of rural telco executives together to address the many challenges that their companies face in funding broadband buildouts; making sense of complex federal and state regulations; finding, hiring and retaining talent; and staying up-to-date on the technology front. (See FCC Plan Could Stymie Rural Broadband
Virtualization, customer data analytics, OTT video and the Internet of Things (IoT) were among the most predominant technology topics covered. (See Rural Telcos Not Convinced on Cloud.)
I was at all four meetings, as a speaker, and here share views from the events themselves and the host cities as well. Click on the image below to launch the slideshow.
NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield
The NTCA's energetic leader started each meeting with an update of issues that loom ahead among DC regulators and elsewhere.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading