We are pleased to announce that starting today, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association will be accepting nominations from member companies to participate in our Smart Rural Community initiative, which recognizes your efforts to deliver technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. The goal of this initiative is to foster the development of smart communities throughout rural America by recognizing trailblazers and providing a road-map and resources to assist other broadband providers and connected industries.
The Smart Rural Community initiative will have several phases, but in the first phase, starting today, we seek to recognize and award communities served by our members that embody the title “Smart Rural Community” by providing next-generation applications and platforms such as distance learning, telehealth services and modern 911 communications, just to name a few.
How You Can Get Involved
If your community is a smart rural community or you wish to nominate another community for an award, visit our website to learn more about the nomination process or participate in a June 27 webcast about the initiative.
Nominations for smart rural communities are due July 31. Award recipients will be notified later this summer and recognized at the NTCA 2013 Fall Conference in Chicago.
Why You Should Get Involved
We urge all of our members to consider nominating your community or another community served by an NTCA member that you recognize as truly “smart.” This is your opportunity to receive some recognition for your accomplishments and to help your peers learn from what these forward-looking communities have accomplished.
For more information about the initiative, including answers to frequently asked questions and a description what award recipients will receive, visit our website. Questions about this initiative may also be directed to Josh Seidemann, NTCA policy director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.