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Dakota Central honored for delivering broadband-enabled solutions

Dakota Central honored for delivering broadband-enabled solutions

NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield, left, presents the Smart Rural Community banner to Dakota Central general manager, Keith Larson. PHOTO COURTESY DAKOTA CENTRAL TELECOM
NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield, left, presents the Smart Rural Community banner to Dakota Central general manager, Keith Larson.
PHOTO COURTESY DAKOTA CENTRAL TELECOM
 

Dakota Central is one of 13 rural communications firms nationwide to be honored with the title Smart Rural Community by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which cited Dakota Central’s advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders in agriculture, health care, public safety and education as keys to its success.

At a gathering of more than 1,000 leaders of rural telecommunications providers hosted by NTCA, Dakota Central 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, government services, security and energy use. Dakota Central’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.

In addition to Dakota Central, 12 other providers and their communities in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, also were recognized.

“Dakota Central is 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 people of Dakota Central charting their own path to a more prosperous future, they are also creating a road map for many more communities across the country to follow suit. I commend the people of Dakota Central for these extraordinary efforts.”

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 in which 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 Kathy McCracken, director, who received the award on behalf of Dakota Central. “We have worked hard with our local leaders to ensure that our citizens 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.”

 

About Dakota Central

Dakota Central is a broadband provider offering communications technology that improves its customers’ lives. With a heart to serve its local community, Dakota Central is the rare company that is small enough to know its customers by name but large enough to provide the best technology before national carriers can. Nimble in deploying new technology, Dakota Central is a community pillar that cares for its customers by going the extra mile in customer service, and is committed to bringing the best experience possible! To learn more, visit www.dakotacentral.com.

 

About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. To learn more, visit www.ntca.org.