The community of Jefferson today announced that Jefferson Telecom was recently named a Smart Rural CommunitySM (SRC) provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. SRC is a national network of communities powered by innovative rural broadband providers that are building a brighter future for small-town America. The program promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting innovative economic development, effective education, efficient energy distribution and use, state-of-the-art health care and other important issues for rural America.
In order to receive recognition as a SRC provider, Jefferson Telecom was required to affirm that it offers 25/3 Mbps broadband to at least 50% of its service area; that it has broadband subscription rates of at least 50%; and that it is committed to program principles of collaboration and innovation. As a result of Jefferson Telecom’s national recognition, the city of Jefferson will now be celebrated as a Smart Rural Community in program materials and online at www.smartruralcommunity.com, joining a national network of similarly innovative communities.
“The town of Jefferson salutes Jefferson Telecom for its hard work to exceed these standards, which enable our residents to fully participate in today’s connected society,” said Matt Gordon, Jefferson Mayor. “Because of access to high-speed internet, Jefferson provides its residents with educational and economic opportunities on par with those in the most connected regions of America.”
NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield also recognized Jefferson Telecom for this achievement, noting, “We are so excited to welcome another Smart Rural Community provider into this growing network of innovative broadband providers delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds in some of the most remote and rural communities of our country. I applaud Jefferson Telecom and the city of Jefferson for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.”