Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association Attended the Iowa Communications Alliance Day at the Iowa Capital

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Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) was one of 60 Alliance members that engaged their local legislators at the Iowa Communications Alliance Day at the Capital. Legislators serving WCCTA coverage area included Senator Tim Kraayenbrink, Senator Jerry Behn, Representative Mike Sexton, Representative Chip Baltimore, Representative Helen Miller and Representative Rob Bacon.

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“We make it a point to attend each Iowa Communications Alliance Day at the Capital and set up a display that visually shows our legislators what we are doing to provide broadband, voice and digital TV in our communities,” says Marcie Boerner, Office Mgr.

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) is a member of the Iowa Communication Alliance and participated with over 60 members of the Alliance to engage legislators representing districts in their service areas on February 12th. WCCTA was one of the 20 display booths from Alliance member companies demonstrating to legislators, staff and media what Iowa’s rural communications providers do on a daily basis to bring services like broadband, voice and digital TV for communities.

Alliance members were able to mingle with their legislators as they strolled through the display area and discuss the important work that members do in order to keep their economies moving. As the legislature considers bills that would spur the expansion of broadband throughout the state, the day was an important piece of the organization’s advocacy efforts to make sure that the elected officials know what kinds of practical approaches are needed to help industry build out our networks.

WCCTA along with other Alliance group members had a unique opportunity to hear directly from two of the most significant decision makers under the Golden Dome. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) addressed a smaller group of Alliance members to discuss how the session is shaping up at what should be the “one-third” mark of the 110 day session.

Legislators that represent coverage areas of WCCTA include Senator Tim Kraayenbrink, Senator Jerry Behn, Representative Mike Sexton, Representative Chip Baltimore, Representative Helen Miller and Representative Rob Bacon.

“We make it a point to attend each Iowa Communications Alliance Day at the Capital and set up a display that visually shows our legislators what we are doing to provide broadband, voice and digital TV in our communities,” says Marcie Boerner, Office Manager at Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association.

The current Director of Public Affairs for the Iowa Communications Alliance and the coordinator of the event is Kevin Condon. Kevin also grew up in Barnum which is one of the service areas of WCCTA.

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, Thor, Churdan, Knierim, Somers, Barnum, Duncombe, Farnhamville, Badger, Clare, Moorland, Boxholm, Lanyon and Paton. Additional information is available by calling 515-352-3151 or visiting http://www.wccta.net.

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