New ACHCA President Talks Occupancy-Workers Ties, Advocacy Efforts and Management Fashion

Associations are seeing occupancy from operators due to crippling staff shortages, including the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), whose membership consists largely of nursing home administrators as well as students and retirees.

New President and CEO Bob Lane spoke to Skilled Nursing News about this vicious circle and how he plans to work for members in the years to come.

Lane has over 34 years of long-term care industry experience starting with the National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) and leading initiatives for the Oklahoma Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIO-QIO). More recently, he has been known for his consulting work with BKD CPAs and counselors.

Lane will officially begin on September 7th. He was the former CEO of ACHCA and has been a board member since 2013.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What do you hear from the members in terms of staff and utilization?

The occupancy had only just started to recover to some extent, and then of course this next round of delta hits. I have never seen buildings that limit their occupancy due to staffing levels. They self-limit their income while having these exorbitant expenses on the working side. That’s not a good equation for long-term success.

How has the Biden government’s vaccination mandate exacerbated this situation?

As an individual, I can tell you that while it is a noble endeavor that staff must be vaccinated, even if they are tied to federal funding, the weeding out of a segment of the healthcare profession has a devastating effect on the ability of these providers to provide even a few give the elders in their care the appearance of quality care. With around a third of the nursing staff not vaccinated, this requirement would result in these people being pushed into other sectors, creating an unbalanced playing field.

What other concerns do you see for administrators?

The direction the profession seems to be going in relation to Medicare Advantage. I saw a headline … calling for Congressional intervention regarding Medicare Advantage plans and how one-sided many of them are.

As Medicare Advantage becomes the dominant Medicare payment method, it will have a huge impact on the dollars available, as well as the turnaround time for your revenue stream.

Thoughts on the final CMS rule 2022, patient-managed payment model (PDPM) delay?

I think we need to keep an eye on the future, even if the industry sees this as a short-term victory as CMS has not made any adjustments. PDPM, we were only there five months when this pandemic broke out.

It doesn’t go from apples to apples – in no way from apples to apples. An extension without adjustments is certainly a good opportunity to get better data for a better comparison to see if adjustments need to be made.

Marc [Zimmet] advised that this could backfire on us in the form of even higher adjustments. [But] I don’t think we’re in a good position right now to say, ‘Okay, go ahead and adjust.’ I just don’t think that’s sensible, especially given the problems we have with the delta resurgence, the absolutely crippling problems with staffing; We need every dollar we can get.

Advocacy to make PDPM changes more palatable?

By the time we have a year later, we’ve already plowed the field a bit here so CMS better understands where we’re from, and the adjustment may not be that bad, if at all.

Are other advocacy efforts for ACHCA in the works?

We’re still trying to get the rest of the Provider Relief Funds [PRF] distributed. There are 20 billion left. I know that work is being done by both major trades to get the administration to release it.

What changes or additions do you intend to make to the organization?

It is very important to me that we have an infrastructure that enables us to have a regular and continuous dialogue with our members. That’s something we don’t necessarily have right now. It can be informal at various meetings or phone calls, but we have no way of tapping on feedback from our members on a regular basis.

How are you going to do that

We have not conducted any regular member surveys. And as you can imagine, members are the lifeblood of any association, and if you don’t hear from them regularly, it degrades the value of membership we must have.

Were there challenges at the beginning of your career that influenced your decisions or your leadership style today?

[NHC] was in expansion mode, they pulled me to a building in St. Louis they’d just taken over, and I got to experience a lot of different things from digging through personnel files that were over 20 years old to trying to figure it out how to get there Peeling wallpaper from the walls. It was quite a comprehensive experience in a variety of areas.

They also had a union, instead of closing the building and decertifying the union, they just threw away the census and kept it open, which kept the union there. Eventually the staff decertified it themselves, but that was my first contact with organized work.

In a scenario like the one I did, in the midst of an attempt to unionize, you become very sensitive to the concerns of the staff … you will not survive if you are not a good listener.

It has helped me be more cooperative and it made me realize that the best decisions are often made when you at least consider those where the decision affects them. Instead of the paternalistic “I know what is best” approach from the top down, a lot of my style is going to be more collaborative. This doesn’t mean that I’m not ready to make decisions and make decisions as needed, but I usually look for feedback to get as much information as possible to help make the best decision.

So how do you apply these lessons to the myriad of challenges nursing homes and their administrators face today?

We do a good job of caring for the patient or the elderly, but we have not consistently done a good job in all areas of caring for our staff. A competitive advantage is a strong, supportive nursing culture led by a leader who is well versed in it.

I think colleges and other associations both have an opportunity – if we don’t just focus on providing education or some of what I would call hard skills.

[Our members are] exhausted, often overwhelmed, and yet young people still come into this profession. We have to give them a boost so that they not only have confidence in their abilities and skills, but also know that they are not alone in this boat.

U.S. weighs ordering industrial airways to supply flights for Afghanistan evacuation efforts

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Army soldiers assigned to patrol the 82nd Airborne Division at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2021. Image taken on August 17, 2021.

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The Biden administration has told US commercial airlines that it could order them to help evacuate Afghanistan, according to someone familiar with the matter.

The Department of Defense informed several of the country’s major commercial airlines late Friday that it could activate the civil reserve air fleet to bolster the airlift, the person said, adding that the flights will be from other locations rather than from Afghanistan itself would. This could include airmen stranded on U.S. bases in Germany, Qatar and Bahrain, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first covered the news.

The almost 70-year-old Civil Reserve Air Fleet program was launched after the Berlin Airlift to support a “major national defense emergency”. Reasons are humanitarian or natural disasters and war.

The White House and the Department of Defense did not respond immediately.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan announced by Biden earlier this year has been ravaged by chaos. Thousands of people poured into Kabul airport after the Taliban took over the city and secured control of the country last week.

US Defense officials say the military is looking for alternative ways to get Americans, Afghans and third-country nationals safely to the airport in Kabul following threats from the Islamic State. NBC News reports Saturday.

The US embassy in Afghanistan on Saturday warned US citizens should not travel to the airport “because of possible security threats at the gates of Kabul airport”.

A White House official told the press pool on Saturday that six U.S. military C-17s and 32 charter planes had left Kabul in the past 24 hours. The total number of passengers for these 38 flights is approximately 3,800. The White House official says the US has evacuated approximately 17,000 people since Aug. 14.

Several U.S. airlines volunteered earlier this week to help airlift evacuees, the person told CNBC.

The tender for the so-called CRAF flights was opened on Saturday and would be closed on Monday United Airlines Flight attendants, their union, the Association of Flight Attendants, wrote in a memo.

“In order for United to be prepared in the event that the US Department of Defense announces that United Airlines CRAF has been activated, offers for CRAF operations must be made immediately and over a very short period of time,” the statement said.

Darkish cash group launches marketing campaign to push Portland-area leaders for outcomes on police reforms, homelessness, cleanup efforts

A new anonymously funded political group launched a campaign on Friday to encourage elected leaders in the Portland area to move faster and better coordinate to address challenges viewed by unnamed donors as the greatest challenges in the city.

Many of the things they want to do, from creating safe homes for people on the streets to reducing gun violence, are in great demand with voters and officials from across the political spectrum. But they do not have easy solutions and there is no broad consensus on which steps to take in the right direction.

The dark money charity People for Portland began broadcasting television spots Friday urging officials at all levels of government to “end the humanitarian crisis on our streets, reform the police force, restore public safety and cleanse our once beautiful city “.

“Portland is still full of potential, but the politicians are doing too little, too slowly, to save our broken city,” says a woman in the TV ad as black and white pictures of tent camps, graffiti and headlines about murders pass by.

“Let’s tell the politicians to do their job to save the city we love,” concludes the ad, suggesting that people go to the group’s website and sign up for unspecified future political activity.

With the group’s funders remaining largely anonymous, the two longtime political advisors who lead the campaign have a more public role in the appeal. Dan Lavey, who has worked for independents and Republicans like Chris Dudley, and Kevin Looper, who has worked for progressive causes and Democratic candidates like Governor Kate Brown, are partners in this effort.

Under state and federal campaign funding rules, it is legal for the group’s donors to remain anonymous under their establishment as a political nonprofit.

Looper said in an interview on Friday that the central problem Portland is facing is “the lack of courage among elected officials … which makes them more afraid to do wrong than to do something”.

The campaign targets every elected official with ties to the Portland area, including city officials, district officials, metro regional government councilors, the sheriff and district attorney, state lawmakers, and the Portland-home governor who is also from Portland. Through digital and television advertising, the total cost of which they rejected, Lavey and Looper plan to urge local voters to contact their elected leaders and urge them to take action on People for Portland’s priorities.

“We need to get the public more involved so … elected officials at all levels feel the heat of the people they represent,” Lavey said.

Local leaders, particularly on the Portland City Council, are already working to resolve most of the problems that People for Portland lament. But the group says they want them to get results faster.

That includes making body-worn cameras mandatory for the Portland Police Department, which the U.S. Department of Justice asked the city to enforce July. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler directed the police bureau this month to prepare for body-worn cameras, including researching various camera systems and getting bids. OPB reported. Long a vocal opponent of body-worn devices, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said she was learning how to use the technology successfully in other cities, OPB said.

People for Portland urged the city to request the body-worn cameras in a comment sent to The Oregonian / OregonLive and made separately available to the newsroom on Friday.

The city commissioners are already in the process of defining six locations where it will be built Protected Villages with showers, toilets, laundry service, psychiatric care and case managers. The move is tied to the latest from the city council politics in the evacuation of camps, which lowered the bar for the removal of “high impact” camps, in part because of the idea that people could move to the city-sanctioned villages.

The city and other regional and state government agencies also began concerted efforts to accelerate garbage collection and landfill cleaning in the Portland area after service cuts and lack of coordination resulted in solid waste accumulations around the city during the last year. However, the group says governments have more to do and “professional sanitation is an expected basic function of government”.

In addition, People for Portland wants Multnomah County’s District Attorney Mike Schmidt and other prosecutors to “prosecute those involved in violence and vandalism” during demonstrations, according to a form letter posted on the group’s website. Schmidt has obtained guilty pleadings and multi-year prison sentences for several people charged with arson, window smashing and other vandalism in connection with nighttime protests in downtown and other parts of the city.

People for Portland Cities Survey paid for by FM3 Research as proof that many Portlanders agree with its priorities and want local executives to deliver faster results. According to the group, a poll of more than 800 likely voters conducted more than three months ago showed that 84% of respondents agreed that tent camps are a “humanitarian emergency” that requires more urgent action from city and county officials, and 85% supported it Redirecting existing taxpayers’ money to create “50 Safe Sanitary Villages” for the homeless across the city. When it comes to public safety, the group cites survey results that found 62% of respondents said the Portland police force could be reformed, 91% supported police body cameras, and 49% believed the city had too few police officers. 84 percent of respondents agreed that law enforcement agencies “should aggressively pursue the small number of people who use protests to cover for property damage and violence”.

Finally, People for Portland asked if Portland voters would stand against the city and county incumbents in the next election if things didn’t get better. Almost nine out of ten eligible voters surveyed said they did.

A poll of 300 Portland residents conducted by Portland firm DHM Research for The Oregonian / OregonLive over a very similar period April 30 through May 6 found that 42% said the city should hire more police officers . Most of the city dwellers surveyed said the police presence should remain unchanged (30%) or decrease (24%).

Lavey and Looper repeatedly pointed out a short timeframe – Looper suggested two years – in which elected leaders need to make significant improvements to prevent Portland from becoming a “lost city” in which a critical mass of people have decided not to renew commercial leases and stop supporting elements of a vibrant city like art.

Andrew Hoan, CEO and President of the Portland Business Alliance, did not immediately respond to a call Friday afternoon asking whether the group supports the People for Portland campaign.

However, two well-known business owners expressed their support. Businessman and philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer, whose commercial real estate company owns Portland real estate, said he had “been approached about funding,” met with the group, and believed the campaign had “some good goals.”

“I support anything that helps Portland get back on track,” said Schnitzer, who refused to say whether he made a donation to People for Portland.

Tim Boyle, President and CEO of Columbia Sportswear Company, was open about his support for the group in an interview Friday. “I contributed some money to surveys to validate what everyone in town thought was right,” said Boyle. “The city is close to my heart, I grew up here.”

“Every elected official in the state of Oregon, especially the senior official, is all complicit in the problem we have in Portland today,” Boyle said. “Half of them live in Portland, the other half visit Portland, and it’s a shame they don’t actively move forward on all the issues that are clearly visible to everyone.”

Boyle said some Columbia Sportswear Company employees cited problems in the city as the reason they were leaving, and some potential hires turned down jobs they should have worked in the city.

“I’m more than happy to talk about this out loud and put my name on my loudness,” said Boyle. “I’m not a black money person.”

– Hillary Borrud

hborrud@oregonian.com; @hborrud

Drones, cash pitched to bolster pink tide efforts in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – Drones could be used to monitor the red tide, and money should be set aside to offset the local cost of removing fish killed by poisonous algal blooms, state wildlife officials said Wednesday as they attempt to prevent future outbreaks to manage something.

Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said more proactive action was needed as red tide outbreaks will continue to hamper the state, particularly the Gulf Coast, which is grappling with an outbreak in the Tampa Bay area.

Commission chairman Rodney Barreto suggested that a state Red Tide task force consider using drones to monitor waters for outbreaks and assist with cleanup operations. He noted that the sheriff’s office helicopters were being used to coordinate the cleanup of recent outbreaks.

“Let’s go on the offensive. Drone technology is where it is today, ”said Barreto. “I mean it’s amazing. Right? Much cheaper. In any case, much more efficient than sending up a helicopter. “

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The current eruption, which has been changing daily since December due to wind and tides in the waters from Pasco County to Sarasota County, has had different effects on the Gulf Coast areas.

The key to tackling the red tide is efforts to improve water quality and reduce nutrients from human sources, such as:

In addition, Gil McRae, director of the Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, said one way to prepare for widespread fish deaths is to provide a source of funding to local governments, who are typically responsible for cleaning up the litter .

“We heard about this last event – and unfortunately we knew it beforehand – when we have large fish deaths, the burden tends to be on the level of the government that manages the waste. And that’s always, in Florida at least, always the local government, ”McRae said. “So since the local government has this waste management infrastructure, they really are the only ones that can handle these tons of waste.”

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As a result of the current outbreak, more than 600 tons of dead fish washed up along the Tampa Bay coast.

The state distributed emergency funds this year to offset some of the costs of cleaning up fish deaths. Local officials in the Tampa Bay area have asked the state to issue a declaration of emergency that would free up more money and resources.

As of 2019, the state has pumped $ 14.5 million into the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its Center for Red Tide Research, which has a partnership with the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota

Barreto said another concern the task force could address is public notifications, especially for beach goers.

“When we flew yesterday, you could literally see the red tide. And you can see the people on the beach, ”said Barreto, who took a helicopter tour of the waters off Sarasota on Tuesday.

McRae said beach conditions are updated daily by the commission on their website and on signs posted by lifeguards from Collier County to Pinellas County.

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Meanwhile, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has spent the last three days promoting new “best management practices” in agriculture, which she said will help address issues that have exacerbated the red tide outbreak.

Changes in agriculture will focus on supporting practices such as cover crops, which are expected to slow down erosion and increase water availability. The changes are also intended to include the recording of nutrients used by farmers and government employees during face-to-face visits, and to replace voluntary self-assessment of the implementation of best management practices.

While at Mote Marine on Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis said he was “happy with the progress” in the state’s efforts to contain the red tide over the past three years following major water quality problems in areas of southeast and southwest Florida.

“What they are doing here (at Mote) in dealing with the red tide may have application to other types of algal blooms, such as the blue-green algae we struggle with in Lake Okeechobee,” DeSantis said. “Well, I think that was a really good investment. And I think it will pay off. Of course, red tide occurs naturally. We can’t tell people that there won’t be any. But if you have successful mitigation strategies and technologies in place, you’re really making it where it won’t have the impact it had in 2018. “

God Did It Ministries motorbike journey raises cash for group efforts – Shelby County Reporter

By NATHAN HOWELL | Employed author

ALABASTER – Almost 20 motorcycles cruised through Alabaster, Helena and Pelham on July 17th for the God Did It Ministries’ first motorcycle ride.

Sanchez Tanniehill, the organization’s founder, said the ride was a way to support the local community and raise awareness of his group’s efforts.

“We receive grants for some of the different projects we run,” said Tanniehill. “Unfortunately, they don’t always cover what we want to achieve. We thought this would be a great way to get into the community and raise some money for our activities. “

The ride began at Buck Creek Park in Alabaster, where a number of bikers waited eagerly to take to the streets as a visible representation of the organization.

They parked their motorcycles and stood up, even Tanniehill took a side seat on one of the motorcycles.
A volunteer stood in line, counted down, and the wheels were off.

“We ended up going down Alabama 119, over the intersection and came back to Shelby County 17 via Helena,” Tanniehill explained. “Helena and her police were so nice to help us. Then we drove through Pelham and your department met us there. Eventually we passed Oak Mountain State Park and worked our way back to Alabaster. “

The bike tour was a sight to see as it passed many of the normal Saturday events like farmers markets and local farm sales.

“I had a great time,” said Tanniehill. “The ride was so smooth.”

He said that from what he saw the riders were mutual.

“You loved it,” he added. “The cities were very cooperative to make sure everyone was safe. It was very good for our first run and everyone said they were ready to do it again. “

The organizers had cause for concern as rain had been a recurring problem in the past few weeks. They monitored the weather which in the end worked for them. Tanniehill attributed the success of the ride to prayer.
“It rained a little, but it didn’t last,” he explained. “I prayed and the Lord said, ‘I have you.’ In the end we didn’t have any worries. “

God Did It Ministries uses its funds to support community initiatives such as supplying local students with school supplies and other items, hosting community events and other things.

“I wanted the whole thing for the community to stand behind it and come together. I think it was a good first time, ”said Tanniehill. “Please keep praying for us.”

He said people interested in supporting the organization could purchase special patches for this run. Anyone interested in purchasing can log on to the God Did It Ministries Facebook page.

State cash earmarked for ‘boots on the bottom’ efforts to curb Buffalo gun violence

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Four Buffalo state lawmakers are pouring more money onto the streets of Queen City to curb violence. On Tuesday, Senators Tim Kennedy and Sean Ryan and Reps Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Jon Rivera announced that $ 200,000 raised during the state budget process has been allocated to Buffalo Peacemakers and the Stop the Violence Coalition.

“This money will go a long way in helping the peacemakers and stopping the violence to create just that: peace,” said Senator Kennedy.

Peace is urgently needed. According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, there were 49 homicides in Buffalo as of Tuesday, 2021. With that, the city is on track to hit a record 94 murders from 1994.

Pastor James Giles, who heads Back to Basics Ministries, said the state money would be used to hire people to provide local community involvement.

“We’re not looking for administrative stuff. We have administrative help, ”said Giles. “We’re looking for boots on the ground.”

Meanwhile, James P. Kennedy, the US attorney for the Western District of New York, is preparing to meet with staff from the Stop the Violence Coalition and Back to Basics on Wednesday to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence. Kennedy has already announced the creation of a task force to aim to reduce violence through more targeted enforcement and state law enforcement.

US Attorney Kennedy says it is critical that the community understand the goal.

“We target members of the community for their behavior and these extreme acts of violence,” Kennedy said. “There’s a reason law enforcement can focus there because that’s where the violence takes place.”

The meeting will take place on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Back to Basics office on William St. Members of the community are very welcome.

Chris Horvatits is an award-winning presenter and reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2017. See more of his work Here.

Hindu Cultural Heart of North Alabama raises cash for India COVID-19 reduction efforts

HARVEST, Ala. – While the pandemic is on its way to get under control here in the United States, it is still devastating populations elsewhere around the world.

Right now India is devastated and a harvest-based organization is doing its part here at home to help those thousands of miles away.

The Hindu Cultural Center in Northern Alabama is holding a fundraising campaign “Pray for India”.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible from community members to donate for the purchase of vaccines and oxygen for COVID-19 patients in India. They have raised $ 3,000 so far, but organizers said they are hoping for more.

“It’s been so bad in the last few weeks that people need a lot of help. In a country with so many people, it was difficult for the government and the communities and we thought we would do something and raise funds to help them, ”said Dr. Subir Paul.

Dr. Paul is a nephrologist who sits on the HCCNA Board of Trustees.

For members of the HCCNA community, the devastation is personal as many have family members or friends who are sick or have died from COVID-19 complications, including Dr. Paul.

The organizers have not set a deadline for the fundraiser but will continue to raise funds as long as there is an interest in helping.

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Capitol riots: Pelosi says she could be open to abandoning 9/11-style fee if efforts stay stalled

“It’s always an option,” said Pelosi USA today published in an interview on Tuesday. “It’s in no way my preference. My preference would be to have a commission.”

A commission of this kind would have to be set up by statute, which is approved by both chambers and legally signed by the President. The commissioners would not be elected leaders, but would come from outside the government.

The 9/11 panel was chaired by a former Republican governor with a former Democratic congressman as vice chairman. Its members included other former lawmakers and government officials from both parties.

A Plan designed by Democrats The commissioners are due to submit their report by the end of the year. The commission would then end 60 days after the report was published.

But both Republicans and Democrats involved in the negotiations say talks on the issue have stalled with little communication between the two sides. Although Pelosi has not agreed to a 50:50 partisan split in the commission, she argues that the real problem is that the GOP is unwilling to focus the probe specifically on what led to the uprising. Republican leaders have argued that political violence in general should be a subject of investigation.

Pelosi told the newspaper that it will soon enact laws to strengthen security measures in the Capitol, as no action has been taken since then retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who led a security review at the Capitol after the uprising issued his recommendations.

Pelosi said in an interview that the mob that stormed the Capitol in an attack that killed five dead wanted to kill them but felt safe because of the security around them.

“That’s what they wanted,” she told USA Today.

The spokeswoman said she would never forgive the rioters for the trauma the attack caused to lawmakers and employees, who were locked into a lockdown as security officials struggled to regain control of the iconic building when it was momentarily disturbed by the crowd trailer at that time was overtaken. President Donald Trump.

This story has been updated with background information.

CNN’s Annie Grayer, Jeremy Herb and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.

Federal cash to SpaceX might harm public broadband efforts in WA

New leadership, possible corrections

mid-January More than 150 members of Congress wrote to the FCCand calls on the agency to carefully examine the companies that are to receive federal broadband grants.

In a letter to then-chairman Ajit Pai, the bipartisan group of lawmakers said the FCC must ensure that companies can deliver what they promise without naming companies.

“Without due care, we fear today that we will not know whether the funds have not been properly spent in the years to come,” said the letter, signed by US Representative Jim Clyburn, South Carolina, Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan.

A day after this letter was sent, a new administration took office in Washington DC, which also brought new leadership to the FCC.

The agency’s new acting chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, had previously expressed concerns about continuing the auction last fall to distribute rural broadband subsidies. Last February, when Rosenworcel was serving as FCC commissioner, the agency argued that it should wait until it can upgrade its cards in order to get better data on where broadband improvements are most needed.

Otherwise, warned Rosenworcel, the broadband subsidy program would become “more of a publicity stunt than politics.” She noted that poor broadband maps could force some areas to wait 10 years before they could get further help.

Once Rosenworcel became incumbent chair, she began implementing changes, Rosenworcel’s press secretary Paloma Perez said in a prepared statement.

One of them was the establishment of a new broadband data task force, which Perez said “is dedicated to the long overdue improvement of broadband data and mapping the agency.”

The agency also carefully reviews the fall auction winners and will not send money until this review is complete.

Even so, Elliott, the director of the Washington State Broadband Office, remains skeptical that if time is of the essence, things will get better in time. He claims that the FCC’s auction process rewards the cheapest broadband options, not the best. A pattern he fears will repeat itself.

“I’m trying to tie this into a future-proof, scalable infrastructure so we don’t have to have this conversation for another 30 years,” said Elliott. “Unfortunately, when they award the satellite companies, it has a huge impact on them.”