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NTCA Unveils Interactive Map

NTCA has unveiled a new, interactive map that highlights telecommunications providers that have received acknowledgement through a variety of association recognition programs. 

The map identifies 32 Smart Rural Community (SRC) Showcase Award winners across the United States and Canada. SRC Showcase Awards highlight efforts that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. The map also identifies six Collaboration Challenge grant recipients. The grant program confers awards to promote collaborative efforts in economic development, education, energy, health care and public safety. 

Also denoted on the map are 62 Certified Gig-Capable Providers that are delivering Internet speeds of up to 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. 

More information on SRC and the Gig Certification program is available online.


PRTC Hosts FCC Chairman Wheeler and Congressman Hal Rogers

 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler visited McKee, Ky., on February 8 to highlight Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative’s success in creating a high-speed,    fiber optic network in one of the most rugged and economically depressed areas of the country.

“I hope you folks realize what a big deal this is, and what a big deal connecting every home and business to high-speed fiber is,” Wheeler said.

The chairman said he often speaks in other communities around the nation and across the world. “Now, I’m going to be talking about Jackson County in those other places. And I’ll tell them that, ‘If they can do it up in those hol­lers, you can, too.’”

Fiber technology is shaping the future of rural Kentucky, where high-speed, broadband Internet attracts employers and offers the foundation for tomorrow’s technologies today.