Winside Recognized As A Smart Rural Community Through Rural Broadband Association

Winside Recognized As A Smart Rural Community Through Rural Broadband Association
Courtesy of NNTC.

WINSIDE – A northeast Nebraska village has been designated as a “Smart Rural Community”.

According to a release from Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company (NNTC) in Jackson, a “Smart Rural Community” (SRC) is a designation from the Rural Broadband Association.

NNTC recognized the Village of Winside as an SRC on Tuesday at the Village Office following an open house from the American Legion Roy Reed Post 252.

The designation comes from the Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) in conjunction with NNTC.

This recognition is presented to those Broadband enabled communities who see an importance of Broadband Internet as a way to connect and grow through the capabilities of expanded online education, remote work, telehealth, ag technology, economic development, government services, safety and security. Winside is a Gig-Certified capable community enabling technology for all those who live and work there.

The Smart Rural Community℠ designation is an opportunity for rural communities to position themselves among a national network of communities powered by innovative rural broadband providers for growth. Gig-capable fiber communities have the power to build a brighter future for small-town America.

At a time in Nebraska and the United States when government is investing millions to help close the “Digital Divide”, Winside is already enjoying the same great fiber enabled speeds as those in urban areas like Lincoln and Omaha.

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield recognized NNTC 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 NNTC and Winside, NE for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.”

NNTC Marketing Manager Melissa Lanzourakis presented the award to Village Clerk Carol Brugger, Superintendent Zach Morris, and Asst. Superintendent Kevin Gothier.