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NTCA Announces Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge Grant Recipients

For Immediate Release
Contact:Laura Withers, (703) 351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org 

San Diego, Calif. (February 6, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today announced that two community-based rural broadband providers will be receiving the Smart Rural Community (SRC) Collaboration Challenge Grants for the development of broadband-enabled solutions for their communities.

The SRC initiative highlights efforts that make rural areas vibrant places in which to live and do business. The Collaboration Challenge awards grants to promote collaborative efforts in economic development, education, energy, health care and public safety.

The winners of the SRC Collaboration Challenge grants are:

Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Metter, Ga.) which will receive $4,882.90 to support a public wi-fi network in a central park area of the community.

SkyLine Membership Corp. (West Jefferson, N.C.) which will receive $5,000 to support the installation of high definition, night vision cameras that enable remote monitoring of a memory-care unit in an assisted living facility in order to ensure patient safety and prevent residents from leaving the premises.

For more information about the initiative, visit www.ntca.org/smart. 

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NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing more than 800 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.