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For Immediate Release
Contact:Laura Withers, 703-351-2087,

Arlington, Va. (November 20, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in celebrating Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month to focus on the importance of our nation’s critical infrastructure and ensuring the resiliency and reliability of telecommunications networks in our most sparsely populated communities.

Observed during the month of November, Critical Infrastructure month builds awareness and appreciation of the importance of critical infrastructure and reaffirms the nationwide commitment to keeping it safe.


For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087,

Arlington, Va. (November 17, 2017)—John Klatt, President/CEO of Lakeland Communications Group, LLC (Milltown, Wis.), was elected President of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association at the association’s fall board meeting.

Klatt has served on the NTCA Board of Directors for three years. With nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, he has served on many industry boards including the Wisconsin State Telephone Association (WSTA), the Wisconsin Locally Owned Telephone Association, NTCA Futures Committee and Dues Task Force. Klatt has also received a number of awards, including the NTCA Management Achievement Award. Lakeland Communications Group, where Klatt has been at the helm for 20 years, is a nationally recognized Smart Rural Community and an NTCA Gig-Capable Provider.

The NTCA board also elected Kevin Beyer, general manager of Federated Telephone Cooperative (Chokio, Minn.), as vice president and Allen R. Hoopes, CEO/chairman of Silver Star Communications (Freedom, Wyo.) as secretary/treasurer. Don Richards of Richards, Elder & Green, LLP (Lubbock, Texas) was re-elected general counsel.


By Jesse Ward

November 2017

Last month in Kansas City, Mo., more than 180 small, rural telecommunications providers gathered at NTCA’s 2017 Cybersecurity Summit to discuss the latest developments within the cybersecurity field, including innovations in policy, process and technology. The event was especially well-timed given the Department of Homeland Security had designated October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

A month later, we stand with our government partners in observing the importance of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.