Three Missouri companies and eight other rural telecommunications firms were recognized by the National Telecommunications Association (NTCA)-The Rural Broadband Association, earning Smart Rural Communities Showcase Awards.

The awards are given as part of NCTA’s campaign to recognize projects that enhance quality of life in small towns using robust broadband networks. 

With the latest 11 awards, NTCA has now honored a total of 80 rural broadband providers as Showcase Award winners since the program launched in 2013. 

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The organization said the awards are designed to recognize the commitment of rural broadband providers and progressive community members to drive growth and create opportunities within their communities. Smart Rural Communities provides educational programming, gig-speed certification, a brand platform for rural communities and their telecom providers, matching grant resources and the Showcase Awards to recognize top-performing communities. 

The latest award recipients from Missouri are Chariton Valley (Macon, Mo.); Green Hills Communications (Breckenridge, Mo.) and GRM Networks (Princeton, Mo.).

Other award winners are:

  • Arvig (Pelican Rapids, Minn.)
  • Bulloch Telephone Cooperative (Statesboro, Ga.)
  • Kalona Cooperative Technology Company (Kalona, Iowa)
  • KanOkla Networks (Caldwell, Kan.)
  • Lynxx Networks (Camp Douglas, Wis.)
  • Mountain Telephone (West Liberty, Ky.)
  • RTC Communications (Montgomery, Ind.)
  • Wilkes Communications (Wilkes County, N.C.)

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