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Dear GRM Networks Customer,

Last week, myself and members of GRM Networks’ Board of Directors met with our federal legislators in Washington D.C., to advocate for rural broadband. GRM Networks, along with other communication providers, participated in the NTCA Legislative and Policy Conference.

NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association is a membership association that represents 850 independent, rural and community-based broadband companies in the United States that deliver connectivity and essential services in rural and small-town communities across America.

We met with Missouri and Iowa legislators including United States Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa, and United States Representatives Sam Graves of Missouri and Zach Nunn of Iowa, to discuss issues related to broadband deployment and reforms to existing Federal Communications Commission programs. Another important discussion included the Farm Bill and ensuring that fiber networks are built for long-term sustainability.

While there, I also participated in an NTCA Smart Rural Community® panel discussion alongside Emily Buckman, Director of Government Affairs at the American Farm Bureau Federation. She and I spoke to the need and importance of reliable fiber broadband networks in rural communities. Broadband providers like GRM Networks are vital members of their communities, providing fiber connections necessary for businesses, telehealth, economic development, precision agriculture and distance learning. We must work with our communities to help them take advantage of all the opportunities fiber broadband networks generate.

Opportunities to meet with our state and federal legislators are important to ensure that our elected officials understand the role cooperatives such as GRM Networks play in bringing reliable broadband access to rural America. Time spent with our legislators and advocating for our members, customers and communities is time well spent. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

Sincerely,

Mitchell Bailey

Chief Executive Officer

GRM Networks