Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) Has Been Named Certified Gig-Capable Provider By NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

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The NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association recently recognized nine members as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider. Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) is one of the members named that is capable of delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in the sixteen communities that are in their service area.

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“I applaud WCCTA for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise...," said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield.

Increasing broadband in our rural area is a national initiative and by becoming a Certified Gig-Capable provider, WCCTA is staying in touch with the needs of the residents and businesses in their sixteen community area.

As Certified Gig-Capable Providers, these companies join a national campaign spearheaded by NTCA to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. In addition to national recognition, certified providers also received tools to promote themselves as a Gig-Capable Provider in the communities they serve and will be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events, beginning with the NTCA 2015 Fall Conference in Boston, Mass.

“I applaud Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Association for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “By building a gigabit-capable network, WCCTA has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region and nationwide.”

To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.

Utilizing the 100% Fiber-to-the-Home network in each of the 16 communities serviced by Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association, exceeds the qualifications needed for certification through NTCA.

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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