Highland Telephone Cooperative CEO Mark Patterson visited with congressional staff members as part of a tour organized by the Foundation for Rural Service. Many of the staff members on the trip had the privilege of advising members of congress on telecommunications issues. The trip throughout East Kentucky and Middle Tennessee gave them a firsthand look at the challenges and triumphs rural telcos experience while providing high-speed broadband.
The Foundation for Rural Service is the nonprofit organization which functions in collaboration with NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association. NTCA represents nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies and their interests in national government affairs.
“It was wonderful to have several congressional staff members on the ground in rural Tennessee and Kentucky,” Patterson says. “Any time we can get staffers out of Washington and in the rural areas like where Highland serves, it helps them to understand our mission, and it helps us to showcase the high-quality services we provide to our members.”