Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Keynotes NTCA Fall Conference

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2086, lwithers@ntca.org 
              Jonah Arellano, 703-351-2037, jarellano@ntca.org


BALTIMORE (September 4, 2012) – More than 1,000 leaders of small, independent telecommunications providers will convene in Baltimore for NTCA's 2012 Fall Conference to discuss challenges of delivering broadband to the country’s rural communities and hear from inspirational speakers, including Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

Telco executives will participate in educational sessions about topics including smart home broadband applications, bundling strategies and Wi-Fi offloading during the three-day conference, which takes place September 16-19 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Attendees also can take part in roundtable discussions where they can hear first hand from industry peers about B2B marketing, economic development trends, health care reform and federal policy changes affecting rural broadband cost recovery mechanisms.

Events open to the media are as follows:

Monday, September 17
8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: 
Opening General Session, including keynote address by Cal Ripken Jr.
2:40 p.m.-4 p.m.:  “An Introduction to the Smart Rural Community,” exploring the economic, 
health, educational and safety benefits of broadband connectivity
Wednesday, September 19
 8:30–11:00 a.m.:
Closing General Session, including address by former Sen. Byron Dorgan
on the political climate in Washington and how it will affect rural telecom policy    





Please note: Events prior to and between these events are for NTCA members only and are closed to press.

To obtain press credentials to attend these sessions, R.S.V.P. to NTCA Communications Manager Laura Withers at 703-351-2086 or lwithers@ntca.org by Thursday, September 13.


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 www.ntca.org.