2016 Press Releases

 

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

Arlington, Va. (August 15, 2016)—The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Congressional Broadband Tour will host nineteen congressional staffers in Wyoming on August 15–18.

The tour will include visits to broadband companies Tri-County Telephone Association (Cody, Wyo.), RT Communications (Worland, Wyo.), Dubois Telephone Exchange, Inc. (Dubois, Wyo.) and Silver Star Communications (Freedom, Wyo.).

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

 Arlington, Va. (August 9, 2016)—Rep. Dave Loebsack (D–Iowa) and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will host a roundtable today at Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa, on the unique challenges that rural health care providers face and how emerging technologies can improve access for rural patients. 

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association members Donald Jennings, executive vice president of Partner Communications Cooperative (Gilman, Iowa), and Kevin Hranicka, general manager of Van Buren Telephone (Keosauqua, Iowa), will speak at the event.  

Following the roundtable, Loebsack and Rosenworcel will visit Partner Communications Cooperative’s Giga Center in Baxter, Iowa. Jennings will lead the tour and describe the benefits that high-speed broadband can offer to rural communities. 

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Smith, 703-351-2086, hsmith@ntca.org 

Arlington, Va. (July 27, 2016)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today released its 15th annual broadband survey report which highlights commendable growth and success by the nation’s independent, community-based telecommunications companies in deploying and operating broadband-capable networks even in the face of significant marketplace and regulatory challenges.

One hundred percent of the small telecommunications companies that responded to the 2015 survey offer broadband to some part of their customer base, compared with the 58% of the 2000 survey respondents who offered the then-lower definition of broadband service. The overall take rate for broadband service is 73%, up from 70% last year and 1% in the 2000 survey. In the 2013 survey, 29% of respondents’ customers were served by fiber to the home (FTTH); in 2014, the percentage grew to 39%; and in this year’s survey, almost half—49%—have access to FTTH service. 

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