at RTIME is all about innovation—finding new
and better ways to tackle the work of today
and thinking beyond the norm to discover opportunities
for the future. With 16 concurrent sessions, three general
sessions, and a special policy and industry fundamentals
session, there are topics of importance for every mem-
ber of the telco team. By the end of the conference, all
attendees should be ready to answer the question:
“How can we approach our work differently?”
The Director Track challenges board members to
strengthen the board through new ways of thinking
about recruitment and onboarding, preparing for
eventual transitions of executive leadership, and evalu-
ating new business ventures or partnership opportunities.
The Telco Track considers the future of video, finding
success with operational succession planning, tactics for
competitive expansion, and data-driven approaches to
building and executing marketing campaigns.
In the general sessions you will learn to think like a futurist,
understand rural network economics and hear a panel of
industry visionaries discuss rural broadband in 2030.
Of course, education happens outside the session rooms,
too. Informal conversations with peers are a valuable learning
experience whether you catch someone in the hall between
sessions, at the networking lounge, on the ExpO floor, at the
regional caucuses, or one of the many receptions or special
events. Hearing directly from peers about how they have
dealt with certain situations or what they are planning for
the future can provide reassurance that you are not alone
with the questions and issues faced by your company.
Mark Marion is director of training and development at NTCA.
Contact him at email@example.com.
Twenty-five years ago
the then-National Telephone Cooperative Association
(NTCA) made a decision that would
impact thousands of lives across
dozens of communities.
On April 13, 1994, NTCA formed the
Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) and
elected its first officers: David Schmidt,
Mickey Simms and William Stanley, Jr.
Since that day, FRS has:
l Awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships to over
600 students across rural America.
l Invested over $200,000 in grants for rural communities, enabling everything from telemedicine to
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