WINAMAC, IN – The community of Winamac announces that LightStream was recently named a Smart Rural Community (SRC) provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. SRC is a national network of communities powered by innovative rural broadband providers that are building a brighter future for small-town America. The program promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting innovative economic development, effective education, efficient energy distribution and use, state-of-the-art health care and other important issues for rural America.
In order to receive recognition as a SRC provider, LightStream was required to affirm that it offers 25/3 Mbps broadband to at least 50% of its service area; that it has broadband subscription rates of at least 50%; and that it is committed to program principles of collaboration and innovation. As a result of LightStream’s national recognition, Winamac will now be celebrated as a Smart Rural Community in program materials and online at www.smartruralcommunity.com, joining a national network of similarly innovative communities.
“The town of Winamac salutes LightStream for its hard work to exceed these standards, which enable our residents to fully participate in today’s connected society,” said Town Manager Brad Zellers. “Because of access to gigabit speed internet, Winamac provides its residents with educational and economic opportunities on par with those in the most connected regions of America.”
NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield also recognized LightStream 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 LightStream and Winamac for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.”
About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
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. NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.
Headquartered in Buffalo, IN, Pulaski White Rural Telephone Cooperative (d/b/a LightStream) has been providing telecommunications services in the greater Buffalo, Pulaski, and Star City areas since 1954. Now serving the areas of Monticello and Winamac, LightStream provides high-speed Internet and phone services to approximately 2,300 customers. LightStream is building a connected community with the most reliable fiber optic technology. This fiber infrastructure will deliver the best entertainment options to your home and the most dependable network to your business. Learn more at www.lightstreamin.com.