In September 2017,
l BY JOSHUA SEIDEMANN
Below we offer a retrospective of a half decade of Smart
Rural Community that explores the history of the initiative,
elements of its programming and achievements its award
recipients have enjoyed.
About six years ago, NTCA staff met with an international
tech firm that was beginning to articulate a vision for smart
cities. Intelligent architecture for public utility grids, smart
homes and autonomous vehicles were among several ideas
that emerged, all aiming toward a goal of creating efficient
and technically advanced communities. These ideas were
presented as having relevance mostly for big cities, where
relief from transportation or other infrastructure strains
We then thought, “What about a Smart Rural Community?”
What can be done to create rural areas in which broadband
is leveraged to invigorate economic activity, improve public
services, open doorways for education and increase access
to better health care?
Park Region Telephone
Co./Otter Tail Telcom
West Central Telephone
Corp. (West Jefferson)
Mutual Aid Corp. (Park
Cooperative, Ltd. (Ripley)
FTC Communications Inc.
Home Telecom Co. Inc.
Ben Lomand Connect
North Central Telephone
Big Bend Telephone Co.
Waitsfield and Champlain
Group, LLC (Milltown)
Tri-County Communications Cooperative
West Wisconsin Telcom
Cooperative Inc. (Westby)