Making Strides Toward Connecting Tennessee

Posted: May 8, 2023

Carrie headshotI joined TNBA representatives at the NTCA Legislative & Policy Conference April 16-18 in Washington, D.C., where we heard from industry speakers and legislators. I particularly enjoyed participating in a storytelling and branding panel with Brandi Lyles, from Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative in Alabama, and Donna Bell, from Chariton Valley in Missouri, during our Day on the Hill.

I’ve been in the industry for more than 30 years now, and I must say, seeing TNBA members sharing their stories with key leaders never ceases to impress me. The farm bill, Universal Service Fund reform and grant taxation were all part of our sit down discussions. I’d like to extend a special thank you to the legislators’ schedulers and staff who worked with me to arrange appointments for our group of 27.

Now, it’s onward to May, with its two holidays and planning for our TNBA annual convention in June. Mother’s Day gives us time with loved ones. As a mother and grandmother myself, I have a firsthand appreciation for how much it means to stay in touch with family. Rural broadband plays a vital role in connecting those who can’t gather in person to celebrate. I am proud to see how TNBA members’ efforts contribute to families maintaining those cherished connections.

Later this month, I encourage all of you to take a moment on Memorial Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedoms.

As always, I’m honored to serve you and all Tennesseans as we build connections — and our future! I’m looking forward to seeing you next month in Franklin.

TNBA representatives meeting with legislators at Washington, D.C.