Stories of Innovation

Transforming Rural America

Follow NTCA members as they deliver high-quality communications services in the most sparsely populated, highest-cost rural areas of the country, and help to build unique, successful rural communities.



NTCA Members Ignite Innovation at Marketing + Sales 2019

At its annual Marketing + Sales Conference in New Orleans, La., April 28–30, 2019, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association introduced a new type of program during the meeting’s breakout sessions. Inspired by the many stories we’ve heard of rural broadband connections facilitating emerging technology, education and economic development, NTCA held two “Ignite Innovation” sessions.

Citizens Telephone Cooperative Feels at Home on the Cutting Edge

A press conference to announce the fiber buildout plans of his cooperative, Citizens Telephone, is set to begin within an hour, but Chief Executive Officer Greg Sapp is in storytelling mode. Gathered in the Citizens office in rural southwest Virginia, a group of reporters, legislators, economic development professionals and more listens as Sapp reads from the original “Minutes Book” of the telco.