John Brown, president and chief executive officer of CSSA, received the Director of the Year Award from NTCA Rural Broadband PAC, the association’s political action committee, during the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) held in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in February.
NTCA Rural Broadband PAC
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association recently announced that the new name of its political action committee (PAC) is NTCA Rural Broadband PAC. The PAC was formerly called TECO, the Telecommunications Education Committee Organization. NTCA Rural Broadband PAC unveiled the new name and logo during the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) last month. In 2015, the PAC board unanimously agreed to modify the PAC’s name as part of a strategic plan to more readily convey who is behind the PAC and what its interests are.
In addition, the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) also unveiled a new logo and mission statement during RTIME. This rebranding effort celebrates a new chapter for FRS since the foundation joined forces in January 2015 with the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED), the foundation formally associated with OPASTCO. FRS’s mission, in cooperation with NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, is to seek to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues.
The 2016 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME) from NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association continued Monday, as the Swing N’ Sisters kicked off the show’s Opening General Session at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Attendees heard from NTCA leaders and industry experts during several events throughout the day.
The Telecommunications Education Committee Organization (TECO), the voluntary, nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, is an important element of the association’s advocacy program. Established in 1969, TECO accepts voluntary contributions from authorized individuals associated with NTCA member companies and then distributes these funds to worthy federal congressional candidates. By 2015 year-end, TECO raised more than $281,000—far surpassing its fundraising goal of $275,000. In addition, this total represents the highest amount ever raised by the PAC in a single year.