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CFC's Mark Schneider (left) and NRTC's Ted Solomon co-presented a session on smart grid best practices and the experiences of cooperatives with real world smart grid experience. Solomon was just one of the featured NRTC speakers during NRECA's TechAdvantage conference in Nashville. https://bit.ly/3w7cAo3
Jeff Wilson, CEO of West Carolina Tel (left) and Jim Lovinggood, CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative described the formation of their South Carolina broadband fiber collaboration, Upcountry Fiber, during a session at NRECA's TechAdvantage conference. They attributed a large part of early success to the companies' similar philosophies about community involvement and a solid rapport between the their staffs. https://bit.ly/35FoLgT
NRTC Board Chairman Tim Mergen (pictured) announced that Gary Stooksbury of Aiken Electric Cooperative in South Carolina and Josh Shallenberger of Shelby Electric Cooperative in Illinois won election to the board after an electronic election. Mergen also announced that NRTC will continue to use online balloting in future elections. While COVID-19 forced use of the process, the board is pleased that electronic elections have attracted greater member participation. https://bit.ly/3pEJ6K8
Led by CEO Tim Bryan (pictured), NRTC used its annual meeting for electric cooperatives to focus on the meaning of "member driven." That is the phrase that NRTC has used in recent years to describe itself. Bryan illustrated how member driven in the context of broadband, mobile, smart grid and other technologies improves lives in rural America. And the human side of member driven is beneficial as well. https://bit.ly/3CichaR
Brad Kusant joins NRTC as the new regional business manager (RBM) covering the East Coast states. He has 17 years of experience in sales, marketing and channel development at Itron, NRTC's utility metering partner. https://bit.ly/3pvuoFd
Winning funding for broadband or smart grid projects through one of the many new federal and state programs established over the past year would be good news for rural electric and telco providers. It could also create tax and accounting anxieties. Customers' member or non-member status? Cooperative patronage and billing rights? What qualifies as tax exempt income? A recent NRTC webinar gathers a panel of experts to begin tackling the questions. https://bit.ly/35w1mOj
Rural organizations weighing in on the FCC inquiry into universal service reform late last week agreed that the system is overdue for changes, especially in the contribution rules. But there were several other suggestions, including transferring $11 billion in funding for the still unscheduled RDOF Phase II reverse auction to a new fund to provide maintenace support for rural broadband networks. Broadband programs recently established by other agencies could take the lead in new network construction. https://bit.ly/3BBkmal
Aaron Bennett, NRTC’s VP, Broadband Solutions (pictured right) advised attendees at NTCA's RTIME conference in Dallas this morning to begin collecting data for broadband funding applications immediately. His mantras during the panel session titled “Assessing Opportunity—Where to Begin?” were "know your data" and be ready to "defend your data." The states and federal government are organizing new rural broadband funding opportunities that should give rural providers multiple chances to fill holes in their current coverage. https://bit.ly/3gOSciu
Tom Preston, CEO of Duo County Telephone Cooperative in Jamestown, KY, has been elected as an at-large member of the NRTC Board of Directors serving rural telcos. NRTC made the announcement during the first session of its 2022 Annual Meeting this afternoon in Dallas. Preston was elected following an online vote of NRTC telco cooperative members last week. https://bit.ly/36hooZU
NRECA and NTCA - The Rural Broadband association are among the rural organizations that filed comments with NTIA recommending rules for the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. Both favored raising the speed requirement for funding above the FCC's current benchmark to 100 Mbps symmetrical. They also favored requiring the states to hold entities seeking funding for broadband projects to follow financial, technical and operational standards. https://bit.ly/3HMCBf9
President Biden earlier today hosted a group of electric utility CEOs to discuss how renewable energy technologies benefit the economy. While the guest list does not appear to have included any electric cooperative CEOs, the conversation did turn to topics including how solar, wind and storage projects add jobs and income to the tax base in rural communities. https://bit.ly/3oE9uTF
NRTC RBM Chris Bradley (center) recently appeared on a panel at the at the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association Legislative Conference and Annual Meeting in Tempe, AZ, to discuss "beneficial electrification." NRTC can provide and help plan deployment of technologies that save consumers money, reduce greenhouse emissions and improve grid reliability. https://bit.ly/3GxTYyZ

NRTC represents the technology interests of 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 states. NRTC represents the technology interests of 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 states.

We help rural electric and telephone utilities strengthen their businesses with solutions uniquely suited to the needs of rural consumers. NRTC was founded in 1986 by electric cooperatives, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). NRTC provides products and services developed specifically to meet the needs o

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03/09/2022

CFC's Mark Schneider (left) and NRTC's Ted Solomon co-presented a session on smart grid best practices and the experiences of cooperatives with real world smart grid experience. Solomon was just one of the featured NRTC speakers during NRECA's TechAdvantage conference in Nashville. https://bit.ly/3w7cAo3

03/08/2022

Jeff Wilson, CEO of West Carolina Tel (left) and Jim Lovinggood, CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative described the formation of their South Carolina broadband fiber collaboration, Upcountry Fiber, during a session at NRECA's TechAdvantage conference. They attributed a large part of early success to the companies' similar philosophies about community involvement and a solid rapport between the their staffs. https://bit.ly/35FoLgT

03/07/2022

NRTC Board Chairman Tim Mergen (pictured) announced that Gary Stooksbury of Aiken Electric Cooperative in South Carolina and Josh Shallenberger of Shelby Electric Cooperative in Illinois won election to the board after an electronic election. Mergen also announced that NRTC will continue to use online balloting in future elections. While COVID-19 forced use of the process, the board is pleased that electronic elections have attracted greater member participation. https://bit.ly/3pEJ6K8

03/07/2022

Led by CEO Tim Bryan (pictured), NRTC used its annual meeting for electric cooperatives to focus on the meaning of "member driven." That is the phrase that NRTC has used in recent years to describe itself. Bryan illustrated how member driven in the context of broadband, mobile, smart grid and other technologies improves lives in rural America. And the human side of member driven is beneficial as well. https://bit.ly/3CichaR

03/02/2022

Brad Kusant joins NRTC as the new regional business manager (RBM) covering the East Coast states. He has 17 years of experience in sales, marketing and channel development at Itron, NRTC's utility metering partner. https://bit.ly/3pvuoFd

02/25/2022

Winning funding for broadband or smart grid projects through one of the many new federal and state programs established over the past year would be good news for rural electric and telco providers. It could also create tax and accounting anxieties. Customers' member or non-member status? Cooperative patronage and billing rights? What qualifies as tax exempt income? A recent NRTC webinar gathers a panel of experts to begin tackling the questions. https://bit.ly/35w1mOj

02/21/2022

Rural organizations weighing in on the FCC inquiry into universal service reform late last week agreed that the system is overdue for changes, especially in the contribution rules. But there were several other suggestions, including transferring $11 billion in funding for the still unscheduled RDOF Phase II reverse auction to a new fund to provide maintenace support for rural broadband networks. Broadband programs recently established by other agencies could take the lead in new network construction. https://bit.ly/3BBkmal

02/15/2022

Aaron Bennett, NRTC’s VP, Broadband Solutions (pictured right) advised attendees at NTCA's RTIME conference in Dallas this morning to begin collecting data for broadband funding applications immediately. His mantras during the panel session titled “Assessing Opportunity—Where to Begin?” were "know your data" and be ready to "defend your data." The states and federal government are organizing new rural broadband funding opportunities that should give rural providers multiple chances to fill holes in their current coverage. https://bit.ly/3gOSciu

02/15/2022

Tom Preston, CEO of Duo County Telephone Cooperative in Jamestown, KY, has been elected as an at-large member of the NRTC Board of Directors serving rural telcos. NRTC made the announcement during the first session of its 2022 Annual Meeting this afternoon in Dallas. Preston was elected following an online vote of NRTC telco cooperative members last week. https://bit.ly/36hooZU

02/10/2022

NRECA and NTCA - The Rural Broadband association are among the rural organizations that filed comments with NTIA recommending rules for the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. Both favored raising the speed requirement for funding above the FCC's current benchmark to 100 Mbps symmetrical. They also favored requiring the states to hold entities seeking funding for broadband projects to follow financial, technical and operational standards. https://bit.ly/3HMCBf9

02/10/2022

President Biden earlier today hosted a group of electric utility CEOs to discuss how renewable energy technologies benefit the economy. While the guest list does not appear to have included any electric cooperative CEOs, the conversation did turn to topics including how solar, wind and storage projects add jobs and income to the tax base in rural communities. https://bit.ly/3oE9uTF

02/07/2022

NRTC RBM Chris Bradley (center) recently appeared on a panel at the at the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association Legislative Conference and Annual Meeting in Tempe, AZ, to discuss "beneficial electrification." NRTC can provide and help plan deployment of technologies that save consumers money, reduce greenhouse emissions and improve grid reliability. https://bit.ly/3GxTYyZ

02/04/2022

Joe Walsh, NRTC’s VP, Smart Grid Advisory and Networks, led two well attended breakout sessions this week at the Energize Forum in Sioux Falls, SD. East River Electric Power, a Madison, SD, G&T cooperative hosts this annual educational forum. Walsh gave a presentation titled, “Technology Planning for the Future.” NRTC members are showing great interest in a service that helps cooperatives develop a roadmap of how and when to deploy new communications and smart grid technologies. Special thanks to East River Electric’s Chris Studer for providing the photo. https://bit.ly/3GxTYyZ

02/01/2022

NRTC will have a large number of speakers appearing in sessions throughout the NRECA PowerXchange/TechAdvantage gathering in Nashville next month. There will be NRTC representatives covering smart grid, broadband and network planning throughout the Music City Center during the four-day (March 6-9) event. A fun highlight at the NRTC Annual Meeting for electric members will be guest speaker Chris Fletcher, a master distiller for the Jack Daniel's Distillery (pictured). https://bit.ly/3rhsZDg

01/31/2022

The FCC has released an "Accountability Plan" to direct greater scrutiny to questionable bidding in the 2020 Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) reverse auction. NRTC and NRECA are among many organizations that have criticized the qualifications of many bidders that won funding in the auction. The FCC plan is for “higher-risk recipients [to] be subject to additional audits and verifications.” https://bit.ly/3HjGqbo

01/31/2022

The FCC announced late Friday that $1.2 billion in winning bids across 32 states in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction, are ready for support authorization. Among the most recent winners is Coastal EMC in Georgia, a member of the NRTC Phase I RDOF Consortium. Coastal will receive more than $770,000 to deploy to more than 450 locations. It joins several other consortium winners who have obtained approval over the course of the past few months. NRTC Funding Services is monitoring RDOF announcements and tracking state and federal funding programs. Members wishing to discuss funding opportunities may contact [email protected].

01/28/2022

NRTC and CFC have combined forces to present a four-part webinar series, "Creating Value Through Smart Grid Applications." The series, a companion piece with NRTC and CFC's joint smart grid benchmark report last fall, will cover load management technology, consumer demand response programs, distributed energy resources and distribution system reliability. The first session will be Wednesday, Feb. 2. Registration is now open. https://bit.ly/3s2K9nt

01/27/2022

In this recent photo in the Vermont Business Magazine (https://bit.ly/3Hae3fU), technician Adam Haskins installs fiber broadband service on behalf of NEK Community Broadband. The nonprofit ISP has installed its first customers in rural Northeast Vermont, with the assistance of NRTC, NRTC member Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom and local consultants Mission Broadband. NEK began construction in November and had only a few weeks to complete early connections to qualify for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act assistance (see https://bit.ly/32IbC5i). “It has been a struggle working from home on DSL. I have had to drive to the office just to move a large file,” said NEK customer Don Whitehead in a Vermont Business Magazine article. I was pretty skeptical when construction started in November. But I was connected before Dec. 31. Download speed is more than 50 times faster than dual-band DSL and upload speed is more than 250 times faster.”

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