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Congratulations to Dakota Central and Red River Communications who were among the 13 broadband providers to receive NTCA Smart Rural Community Showcase awards. NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier national association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies, recognized 13 companies in rural areas of the United States and Canada that have earned Smart Rural Community Showcase awards as part of the association’s initiative to highlight efforts that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.

The following broadband providers received national recognition:
• CL Tel (Clear Lake, Iowa)
• Dakota Central (Carrington, N.D.)
• GBT (Rush Center, Kan.)
• GVTC Communications (New Braunfels, Texas)
• Hartelco (Hartington, Neb.)
• Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Oxford, Wis.)
• Mosaic Telecom (Cameron, Wis.)
• Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Guymon, Okla.)
• Quadro Communications Co-operative, Inc. (Kirkton, Ont., Canada)
• Red River Communications (Abercrombie, N.D.)
• Totelcom (DeLeon, Texas)
• Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (Gowrie, Iowa)
• West Carolina Tel (Abbeville, S.C.)

Dakota Central and Red River Communications are among the 15 independent rural telephone companies that created Dakota Carrier Network. Together, DCN and its owner companies have more than 40,000 miles of fiber optic cable in service, reaching every community in North Dakota.