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Brazoria Celebrates Btel for Being Named a Smart Rural CommunitySM Provider
Brazoria, Texas (May 2021) – The community of Brazoria today announced that Btel was recently named a Smart Rural CommunitySM (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, Btel 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 Btel’s national recognition, Brazoria 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.
“Btel is extremely proud to receive designation as a Smart Rural Community Provider by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. This important recognition comes as a result of the commitment we made to provide state-of-the-art high-speed internet services to our customers. Btel’s investments in fiber-optic broadband networks provide empowerment for people to work from home, pursue education, manage their businesses, and experience the significant benefits of being connected. While we are very proud of our accomplishments thus far, we are also looking forward to a vibrant future with plans to enhance our networks and ensure we maintain a sharp focus on technical innovation. One constant in our modern world is change, but whatever changes may come our way, Btel will always be committed to providing outstanding services to our customers.” – Charlie Greenberg, President and CEO, Btel
NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield also recognized Btel 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 Btel and Brazoria for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.”
Btel is in its 75th year of business in Brazoria, TX which began as a (what is now considered simple), switchboard in 1946 by Mr. Charley Hendrix and his wife Beulah “Boo.” The legacy of Brazoria Telephone Company was passed down through the family to Mr. John Greenberg who served as president for 30 years, then to Mr. Charlie Greenberg, the current president and CEO. Brazoria Telephone Company, now Btel, prides itself on continual technological network advancement throughout the evolution of communications by making substantial investments to keep customers and families connected locally and across the globe.
About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based communications 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.