Arlington, Virginia — July 20, 2016 — One year after launching the Certified Gig-Capable Provider program to build awareness of community-based broadband providers delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has recognized 77 companies as Certified Gig-Capable Providers. The certified companies serve a total of 491 locations in rural areas across 24 states.
The certification program launched in July 2015 was developed to highlight NTCA member companies that are delivering Internet speeds of up to 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households.
This spring, NTCA introduced an interactive map that highlights the companies that have received certification. To achieve certification, companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges, and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities.
“NTCA established this program to highlight the robust gigabit broadband networks in rural America,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “I am proud to recognize a growing number of companies as Certified Gig-Capable Providers. Their accomplishments in building gigabit networks are a great testament to their ongoing ingenuity and commitment to leading their communities to a better future.”