NTCA & SMC Boards Chart Association Course for 2007

November 16, 2006, Arlington, Va. - With an eye on the challenges and opportunities for rural telecom providers in the coming year, NTCA’s Board of Directors and the board of directors of the Service Management Corporation (SMC) each met today to develop a strategy for continued advancement of member interests. The boards` November business sessions were held at NTCA’s Offices in Arlington, Va.

Photo: NTCA President Tom Rowling presides over the meetingDuring the meeting the board addressed how best to position the association to work with the new Congress and with the FCC, which is expected to tackle several key issues in 2007, including intercarrier compensation and universal service contributions.

NTCA Board President Tom Rowland, President and CEO of North Central Telephone Cooperative (Lafayette, Tenn.) presided over the meeting. The PHoto: Board members in meetingboard approved NTCA’s 2007 budget and the association’s strategic work plan, which lays out the responsibilities and goals for each of the association’s five divisions: Association Services (made up of Government Affairs, Communications, Education and Meetings), Business & Technology, Finance & Internal Operations, Human Resources, and Legal & Industry.

The board of the Service Management Corporation (SMC) also met in Arlington, to map out a strategy for serving the varying needs of the membership related to NTCA’s health, retirement and savings program Photo: Board members in discussionofferings. Delbert Wilson, General Manager of Industry Telephone Company (Industry, Texas) presided over the SMC board meeting as chairman.

The meeting’s location near the nation’s capitol gave several NTCA and SMC board members an opportunity to connect with their con- gressional representatives on Capitol Hill and with regulators at the FCC. Such visits are key to aiding policymakers gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing NTCA members.

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