NTCA Member Company Golden West Telecommunications to Participate in Upcoming FCC Rural Broadband Workshop

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org


Arlington, Va. (March 10, 2014)
– Denny Law, general manager and chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association member company Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. (Wall, S.D.), will participate in a panel discussion at the upcoming FCC Rural Broadband Workshop on March 19. 

The panel, titled “Rural Broadband Buildout—Effective Strategies & Lessons Learned,ˮ will explore the challenges carriers face when deploying broadband in rural areas and the factors that determine the type of technology used. Law will join representatives from AT&T, Greenlight Community Broadband, C Spire, Hughes Network Systems, Troy Cablevision and Highspeedlink.net. 

“This discussion will be a terrific opportunity to highlight many of the drivers and obstacles to broadband deployment, including what needs currently exist, build-out strategies and lessons learned,ˮ said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “I applaud the FCC team for composing a workshop entirely focused on broadband needs and opportunities in rural America, and we are pleased that an NTCA member will have the chance to share firsthand the success stories and challenges seen by the small rural carriers that have thus far led the charge in deploying broadband in such areas.ˮ

The workshop will be held at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 19 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Eastern. The workshop will also be streamed live. Participants are urged to submit questions via email or Twitter by using the hashtag #FCCRuralBroadband.

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