Foundation for Rural Service Recognizes Iowa Network Services and Star Telephone Membership Corp. with 2012 Community Development Awards

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jonah Arellano, 703-351-2037,

Arlington, Va. (September 28, 2012) – The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) honored National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members Iowa Network Services (INS) and Star Telephone Membership Corp. (STMC) as recipients of the annual FRS Community Development Award. Awards were presented during NTCA’s 2012 Fall Conference in Baltimore, Md.

FRS recognized INS for its “Ripple Effect” program. Now in its fifth year, the program helps deliver business and economic development assistance to rural communities across Iowa. Kevin Hranicka, general manager of Van Buren Telephone Company, accepted the award on behalf of INS, which is based in West Des Moines, Iowa

FRS also recognized STMC’s “Neighbors Reaching Out to Neighbors” campaign to coordinate food collection and distribute items to rural and financially burdened areas of North Carolina impacted by devastating tornadoes that ravaged the area in April. Lyman Horne, Jr., executive vice president and general manager of STMC, accepted the award on behalf of the company, which is based in Clinton, N.C.

“Awarding the FRS 2012 Community Development Awards to two recipients is unprecedented,” said FRS Executive Director Elizabeth Crocker. “We had two outstanding candidates this year. We wanted to recognize INS and STMC for their exemplary efforts in community outreach.”

The FRS award recognizes outreach to rural communities and honors companies for their commitment to improving the lives of the customers they serve. Awardees are recognized for their efforts in the areas of rural economic development, education, volunteerism and philanthropy. The award is given on an annual basis to an NTCA member or associate member company and/or individual employee(s) of their companies who have made a significant impact in their community.


The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout Rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrow's economic and civic development depends on the involvement and commitment of today's youth. Visit us at

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association representing more than 580 locally owned and controlled telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. NTCA provides its members with legislative, regulatory and industry representation; meetings; publications and educational programs; and an array of employee benefit programs. Visit us at