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Rural Broadband Success Stories to Be Discussed at Broadband Communities Summit

Drew Clark



February 20, 2019 – The Rural Telecommunications Congress comes together once every year in Austin, Texas, jointly with the Broadband Communities Summit.

Rural broadband issues are very much in the news. Among the topics that will be discussed this year at the summit are “Rural Broadband Success Stories.” This panel will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019, and include officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a fiber provider to Rural America, and a wireless internet service provider serving rural Texas.

The session will be moderated by Jane Smith Patterson, a partner at Broadband Catalysts and a long-time member of the RTC board.

The Rural Telecommunications Congress (RTC), a 20-year-old grassroots organization devoting to advocating for better broadband in Rural America. A core part of our mission is to highlight examples of state broadband planning, broadband infrastructure, and instances of adoption and use.

You can click on the button below to register to attend the RTC event at $410.00, the cheapest rate available for those who are not government officials or public representatives. See you in Austin!

(Editor’s Note: The author is also President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.)

To sign up at the Rural Telecommunications Congress rate, register below, or at (Make sure to select “CODE HOLDERS” radio button and use VIP Code RTC410)

Rural, Yes Rural, Broadband Success Stories
With all the news about the digital divide and rural America being left behind, come hear from rural communities with proven broadband track records. Sure it’s easier to get everyone wired up when they live close together, but these panelists will tell you how it can be done, had they did it — problems and all – and how their communities have benefitted.

Jane Smith Patterson
– Partner, Broadband Catalysts

Gene Scott
– General Manager, Outside Plant, Greenlight, Wilson NC
Mark DeFalco – Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission
Ted Osborn – Senior Vice President of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, Nextlink, Hudson, Texas

(Stamp from 1973 from National Postal Museum: Rural America Issue. Created by Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Designed by F. C. Murphy.)


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