Big Bend Telephone (BBT) Receives National Smart Rural Community and Gig-Capable Certification
Alpine, Texas, 6-7-2022 – Big Bend Telephone (BBT) was recognized by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, as a Smart Rural Community℠ (SRC) provider in 2015 and most recently a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in West Texas communities.
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.
As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, BBT 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 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households.
“BBT has been committed to providing the best, available communications services to its customers for over 60 years. Our investment in a fiber infrastructure is another way of showing our continued growth in providing robust, scalable voice and broadband services for the next generation.” said Rusty Moore, BBT General Manager/COO.
In order to receive recognition as an SRC provider, BBT was required to affirm that it offers 100 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.
To achieve certification as a Gig-Capable Provider, BBT showed that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.
BBT gigabit Internet is offered throughout BBT’s service territory where fiber is available. The communities of Sanderson, Sheffield, Comstock & Langtry are 100% served by synchronous gigabit fiber Internet service with Presidio scheduled for completion this year.
BBT has provided quality voice, high-speed broadband, and advanced business services to thousands of customers in West Texas’s vast remote territory for over 60 years. BBT is the only fiber-based provider in the many rural communities served, and its service area covers 18,000 square miles, including 485 miles of border with neighboring Mexico. BBT is committed to providing the fastest speeds and most reliable voice service possible.
About NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
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.