PRTC recognized by NTCA
by The Press and Standard | July 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm
Palmetto Rural Telephone Coop was recognized on June 22 by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a certified gig-capable provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in Colleton County and surrounding communities.
As a certified gig-capable provider, Palmetto Rural Telephone Coop joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second — 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. Palmetto Rural Telephone Coop also received tools to promote itself as a gig-capable provider in Colleton County and surrounding communities and will be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events.
To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its service territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.
More information about the NTCA gig-capable provider certification program is available at www.ntca.org/gigcertified.