NTCA Partners With 10,000 Friends of Rural America Campaign

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


Arlington, Va. (February 21, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is pleased to announce its partnership with the 10,000 Friends of Rural America campaign, an initiative to garner support for rural America by building an inclusive social media network of rural residents and organizations and their family, friends and co-workers from all across the country. 

NTCA joins more than 25 other partner organizations with shared goals of increasing the visibility and understanding of the unique challenges facing rural America, developing new ways for rural Americans to make their voices heard and their concerns understood, and creating a vehicle for participation in national policy discussions.

“NTCA is dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural communities by advocating for affordable, advanced communications infrastructure and services,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “We are excited to partner with the thousands of other rural advocates that support the 10,000 Friends of Rural America campaign to expand our advocacy efforts and focus on improving rural education, health care, commerce and public safety.” 

The effort is coordinated by Stand Up for Rural America, a project of The Center for Rural Strategies (CRS). 10,000 Friends of Rural America currently has about 2,200 friends and Facebook likes, with support from every state and Puerto Rico. Anyone who supports rural America can join the campaign.

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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.