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FMTC Now Part of Smart Rural Community Program

FMTC, headquartered in Stanton, is now a recognized member of the Smart Rural Communities SM program, which is offered by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association.

“Across the United States, rural, community-based broadband providers are serving small towns with robust broadband networks to support critical and innovative solutions for rural communities and FMTC is one of them,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “FMTC is helping to build a nationwide network of Smart Rural Communities, where broadband connections are helping create a brighter future.”

“We have been a Gig Certified Community through NTCA since we completed our fiber project in Stanton, New Market, Villisca, Nodaway and Bethesda,” said Kevin Cabbage, CEO of FMTC. “Connecting our customers to the world via a fiber-to-the-home network was step one. This designation is step two. The Smart Rural Community approach is about how the technology benefits people, businesses, communities and the region. We have always been about serving our customers with the best products for a fair price. The Smart Rural Community initiative is an extension of that while connecting us to other companies and communities like us nationwide.”

According to Bloomfield, the Smart Rural Communities program promotes collaborative work among rural broadband providers and other local leaders to develop broadband-enabled solutions for education, economic development, healthcare and more. The Smart Rural Communities initiative celebrates the technological leadership of nearly 850 small, community-based rural broadband providers in NTCA’s membership.

“I am so proud of FMTC for rising to meet the challenge of providing exceptional service in rural America, where our member companies face low population density, geographic obstacles, regulatory hurdles and limited budgets,” stated Bloomfield. “NTCA’s Smart Rural Community Providers are leading by example and charting a course toward an even more vibrant, productive and community-oriented rural America.”

Cabbage said more info can be found at


For more information, contact Kevin Cabbage at 712-829-2111

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NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, health care, agriculture and education, and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year