Rye Telephone named certified gig-capable provider by NTCA

Rye Telephone Company (RTC) has been recognized today by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association as a certified gig-capable provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in the RTC Colorado City exchange, the company said.

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is an association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America.

As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, RTC 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, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many US households.

To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95 percent of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities.

Rye Telephone Company was founded in 1959 when the MacCormack family made a proposal to acquire the Farmers Mutual Cooperative in Rye. Today, RTC serves an area of approximately 1,800 square miles. RTC utilizes a fiber optic network and offers products and services to satisfy the area´s telecommunications needs. RTC is now a part of the USConnect family.