TCC was one of 13 rural communications cooperatives/companies in North America to be honored with the Smart Rural Community Showcase Award by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, which cited TCC’s advanced communication services and collaboration with local leaders in education, health care, agriculture and business. At a gathering of more than 1,000 leaders of rural telecommunication providers hosted by NTCA, TCC was honored with an award for deploying advanced technologies and leveraging those technologies to enable innovation in the areas of economic development and commerce, education, enhanced health care and government services. TCC’s efforts were judged against those of dozens of other communities nationwide by a panel of experts from the fields of telecommunications, software and technology services, education, health care and economic development.
“TCC is a prime example of the power of a broadband connection and a steadfast commitment to growth and prosperity,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield.
Not only are the members of TCC’s service territory charting their own path to a more prosperous future, they are also creating a road map for more communities across the country to follow suit. The NTCA Smart Rural Community initiative recognizes and celebrates the efforts of rural telecommunications providers and their communities to deliver technologies that make rural communities vibrant places to live and do business.
The goal of the initiative is to foster the development of Smart Rural Communities throughout rural America by recognizing trailblazers and providing resources to assist broadband providers and connected industries.
“We are pleased and excited to accept this award,” said CEO, Cheryl Rue, who received this award on behalf of TCC. “We have worked hard with our local leaders to ensure that all of our members have access to advanced communications and the many benefits those services enable. We look forward to building on our success for many years to come.”