The TNBA: What I Love

Posted: February 3, 2023

Carrie headshotValentine’s Day is approaching, and as an occasion that centers on love has me thinking about what I cherish in other areas of my life. I see this midwinter celebration as an opportunity to reflect on the reasons I love my role as executive director of the Tennessee Broadband Association (TNBA).

I’ve served you in this capacity for just over a year. My 30 years in the telecom industry began with a service and trouble dispatch position at a local cooperative, so I know the value of these organizations.

My feelings were the same working for a telecom/broadband company as they are today being the face of an association. I love being a part of something that impacts the quality of life in the communities our members serve. Our members and associate companies provide Tennesseans with vital connections. They’re improving the functions of businesses, health care, schools and emergency services. I feel this connectedness myself every week during my Thursday Zoom chat, which allows me to visit with friends across the country.

Our members come from all walks of the industry — regulatory, finance, engineering, technical, equipment, construction, fiber splicing, marketing and more. Our shared mission and connections keep us working together, making Tennessee a better place to live.

It takes an enormous effort to coordinate the many moving parts that keep us working as one, ushering our industry forward and serving Tennessee consumers and businesses. Our conferences and showcases bring together great minds from these varied areas. I see participants sharing stories of business success and improved standard of living — the results of the work they do each day.

Members also experience representation in the lawmaking process. A strong legislative presence allows our government affairs team to protect the interests of our members at the state and federal levels.

The TNBA member body includes broadband providers operating in Tennessee, equipment suppliers, and service companies with interests that coincide with those of our association. Membership benefits are myriad and can result in heightened industry visibility and even decision-making power within the association for some members. The cost is nominal compared to the advantages for members.

So, this February, as we all reflect on experiences we value, I encourage businesses with interests in line with ours to consider TNBA membership. The relationships and resources our members find through TNBA participation are essential in moving our industry forward.

To get the process started, visit our website and click on Membership and Become a Member.