Smart Rural Community awarded to Madison Communications -Local is better
Madison Communications, located in Staunton, IL is one of 12 rural communications firms in North America to be honored with the Smart Rural Community Award by NTCA —The Rural Broadband Association, which cited Madison Communications’ advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders, businesses, and civic engagement as keys to its success.
Madison Communications was honored for deploying advanced technologies and leveraging those technologies to enable innovation in the areas of economic development and commerce, civic engagement, education, enhanced health care, public safety and security. Madison Communications’ civic engagement was specifically spotlighted for their partnerships with state agencies, chamber executives and economic development professionals, to provide forums for utilizing broadband to extend market outreach, advertising, cost-efficient inventory and financial transaction applications and public safety. The company’s headquarters training room serves as a community computer lab where company personnel offer basic courses as well as new technology workshops to encourage adoption and use.
Madison Communications Senior Vice President, Kim Harber(middle), is pictured accepting the award in Boston, MA, amongst Scott Leitzel of Twin Valley Telephone, former SRC recipient, and Shirley Bloomfield, President of NTCA.
Madison Communication’s efforts were judged against those of dozens of other communities nationwide by a panel of experts from the fields of telecommunications, software and technology services, education, health care and economic development. “We’re honored to receive such an award, and look forward to continuing to help our communities grow in multiple areas of economic development, healthcare and education,” said Mary Schwartz Westerhold, Chief Financial Officer.
What it means to be a "Smart Rural Community".
A smart rural community uses broadband networks to enable applications that the community can leverage for innovative economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and energy distribution and use.
Broadband facilitates interconnection of a community’s resources and can prepare and enable citizens’ participation in the global economy. It also allows for flexibility to work from home and creates numerous efficiencies within business operations. On the entertainment side, it allows citizens to stream movies within seconds, listen to Internet radio and play online games.
Madison Communications currently has an extensive fiber optic network that deploys broadband to 100% of customers throughout its service territory, ensuring the communities it serves can effectively compete for a viable economic future. Madison Communications’ future plans include additional fiber optic deployments, to further penetrate its existing service territories and specifically serve Community Anchor Institutions such as manufacturing, financial services, health care and education as the demand for broadband increases.
Benefits of fiber optics include:
- Increased high speed internet speeds
- Home values increasing upwards of $4,000 (According to studies conducted by Corning and the FTTH Council)
- Reliability and longevity of infrastructure
- Increased economic attractiveness for companies relocating to the area
Madison Communications is committed to making a better life for our community through technology. We are proud to accept this honor as recognition that our dedication to this goal is making a difference and we thank everyone in our community for their support.