WESTON – Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company (NNTC) recognized the Village of Weston as a Smart Rural Community (SRC) on Tuesday, October 11 at the Weston Fire Station as part of the company’s open house.
The designation comes from the Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) in conjunction with NNTC. This recognition is presented to broadband communities who see the importance of broadband internet as a way to connect and grow through the capabilities of expanded online education, remote working, telehealth, technology agriculture, economic development, government services, safety and security. Weston is a Gig-Certified capable community enabling technology for everyone who lives and works 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-enabled fiber communities have the power to build a better future for America’s small towns.
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At a time when the government in Nebraska and the United States is investing millions to help bridge the “digital divide,” Weston already enjoys the same fiber optic speeds as those in urban areas like Lincoln and Omaha.
NTCA Chief Executive Shirley Bloomfield also recognized NNTC for the achievement, noting, “We are delighted to welcome another smart rural community provider to this growing network of innovative broadband providers offering the fastest internet speeds. fast in some of the most remote and rural communities in our country. I commend NNTC and Weston for their commitment to enabling advanced technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationally.
The presentation to Weston by NNTC was part of an open house hosted by the company. All NNTC communities will receive this designation at a later date.