Senator Klobuchar Visits Minnesota Smart Rural Community

Sebeka, Minn. (April 22, 2014) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) was in Sebeka April 22 Tuesday to congratulate West Central Telephone Association (WCTA) and the communities it serves for recently receiving the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association “Smart Rural Community” award. The senator visited Sebeka School to learn first-hand about some of the innovative ways the school is using its robust broadband to be a smarter rural community.

General Manager Tony Mayer explained how WCTA has been able to provide nearly 100 percent fiber-to-the-home service to its members. “All of our money gets reinvested right here in the community, we don’t have to send it to faraway shareholders, and that’s how we were able to make such a substantial investment in our plant over the years.” Community members discussed other innovative ways the broadband infrastructure is being used, including marketing the community and its businesses through social media and other internet channels.

Pictures from Klobuchar's visit are available online.


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

West Central Telephone Association is a full service telecommunications company providing local and long distance services, advanced telephone, broadband Internet services, IPTV, business phone systems, complete telecommunications wiring services and much more.