Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NTCA and OPASTCO to Merge

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) agreed to merge.

NCTA represents more than 580 locally owned and controlled telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. 

OPASTCO represents more than 372 small, independently owned, local telecommunications companies, serving primarily rural areas of the United States and Canada.

As of March 1, the new organization will be known as NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association.

"It is encouraging to see the rural telecom industry unify their organizations and policy initiatives," stated Robert M. McDowell, commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. "This enables the industry to lead with one voice and focus their efforts. I look forward to working with the new organization."

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