NTCA Members to Participate in Fiber to the Home Council “Community Toolkit” Conference

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2086, lwithers@ntca.org
Wendy Mann, 703-351-2087, wmann@ntca.org

Telecom leaders to discuss deploying ultra high-speed networks in rural communities

ARLINGTON, Va. (May 28, 2013) – Several members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association will participate in the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council America’s “Community Toolkit” Conference this week as featured speakers during the event exploring ultra high-speed networks.

NTCA members will join speakers from Google Fiber, Case Western Reserve University and Gig.U during the conference being held May 29–30 in Kansas City, Mo.

Ritchie T. Sorrells, president & chief executive officer of NTCA member company GVTC (New Braunfels, Texas), will provide insights on his company’s use of FTTH technology to transform itself into a provider of high-speed broadband and video services during the conference’s keynote panel session. Sorrells will be joined by Ron Hinds, general manager of Grand River Mutual Telephone Corp. (Princeton, Mo.), who will address how his company deployed an ultra high-speed network. Cullen McCarty, president of Smithville Communications (Elletsville, Ind.), will participate on a business planning panel and discuss how his company became one of the first in the nation to deploy gigabit capacity to residential and small business customers.

Additionally, the following NTCA members will participate in workshops exploring business and regulatory considerations affecting broadband deployment, sources of funding and implementation:

  • Tara B. Shostek, of counsel, Bennet & Bennet, PLLC (Bethesda, Md.), “Regulatory Considerations in the Business Model.”
  • Linda Walseth, vice president, Falkenberg Capital Corp. (Denver, Colo.); and Bill King, president and managing principal, JSI Capital Advisors LLC (Manchester, N.H.), “Sources of Funding and Partnerships.” 
  • Kevin Morgan, director of marketing, ADTRAN (Huntsville, Ala.), “Issuing an RFP.”
  • Larry Fausett, vice president, Finley Engineering Co. (Lamar, Mo.), “Managing the Implementation.”

Steve Pastorkovich, NTCA associate director of technology and business development, will participate in the panel discussion, “Managing the Stakeholders.”

NTCA is one of 21 organizations partnering with the FTTH Council on the event. For more information, visit www.ftthcouncil.org.


NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.