Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) has been honored with the title of Smart Rural Community by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

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NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association has honored Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) with the title of Smart Rural Community. WCCTA – located in Gowrie, Iowa - is one of 13 other providers and their communities that NTCA is recognizing this year.

SMART Rural Community Award to WCCTA

"We have worked hard with our local leaders to ensure that our members have access to advanced communications and the many benefits those services enable" states Marcie Boerner, WCCTA Office Manager

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) with headquarters in Gowrie, Iowa is one of 13 rural communications firms nationwide to be honored with the title Smart Rural Community by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which cited WCCTA’s advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders in agriculture, health care, community leaders and businesses, health care and education as keys to its success.

At a gathering of more than 1,000 leaders of rural telecommunications providers hosted by NTCA, WCCTA was honored with an award for deploying advanced technologies and leveraging those technologies to enable innovation in the areas of economic development and commerce, education, enhanced health care, government services, security and energy use. WCCTA’s efforts were judged against those of dozens of other communities nationwide by a panel of experts from the fields of telecommunications, software and technology services, education, health care and economic development.

In addition to WCCTA, 12 other providers and their communities in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, also were recognized.

“WCCTA is prime example of the power of a broadband connection and a steadfast commitment to growth and prosperity,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “Not only are the people of WCCTA charting their own path to a more prosperous future, they are also creating a road map for many more communities across the country to follow suit. I commend the people of WCCTA for these extraordinary efforts.”

The NTCA Smart Rural Community initiative recognizes and celebrates the efforts of rural telecommunications providers and their communities to deliver technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. The goal of the initiative is to foster the development of Smart Rural Communities throughout rural America by recognizing trailblazers and providing resources to assist broadband providers and connected industries.

“We are pleased and excited to accept this award,” said Marcie Boerner, WCCTA Office Manager, who received the award on behalf of WCCTA. “We have worked hard with our local leaders to ensure that our members have access to advanced communications and the many benefits those services enable. We look forward to building on our success for many years to come.”

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use.

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is located at 1106 Beek Street, Gowrie, IA 50543. It has a Fiber driven network and provides landline telephone, Internet and digital television service to the Iowa communities of Gowrie, Pilot Mound, Vincent, Paton, Thor, Churdan, Knierim, Somers, Barnum, Duncombe, Farnhamville, Badger, Clare, Moorland, Boxholm, and Lanyon. Additional information is available on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and WCCTA website http://www.wccta.com.

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