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Smart Rural Community

Fiber broadband powers the Smart Rural Community network across the United States.

GRM Networks is proud to announce we have joined the network of providers committed to building a brighter future for small-town America.

Learn more at www.ntca.org/smart-rural-community

The Smart Rural Community program is a network made up of rural broadband providers who meet robust broadband standards and who are committed to driving growth and creating opportunities for their communities. Smart Rural Community providers enable fast, reliable and sustainable connectivity needed to thrive in an online world, especially as the demand for distance learning, telemedicine, smart ag and remote work grows. For those who live in these communities, it means equal opportunity for education, resources, entrepreneurship and more.

GRM Networks CEO Mitchell Bailey was a guest on The Rural Leaders Podcast with Richard Fordyce and Dana Peterson in September 2022. Rural connectivity is vital as our lives are so dependent on being connected. GRM Networks is helping improve how our communities connect and work as we continue to bring fiber networks to our customers.Cooperatives are built out of determination to deliver a service or good. The resourcefulness and resilience of our predecessors led GRM Networks to provide clear communication services in rural north Missouri and southern Iowa. We applaud them as they embodied the pioneering spirit of collaboration and partnership to bring technology to our rural communities.We are making a difference in our communities, not only through the technology but also through our tangible donations and support and through our commitment to bring fiber internet to all our customers and members. Our designation as a Smart Rural Community provider further demonstrates our support for economic development and access to education as well as telehealth. We will continually work to provide you the same broadband opportunities as those found in the most connected regions of America.

In the News:

GRM Networks Brings Smart Rural Community Designation to Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa

GRM Networks has been certified a Smart Rural Community by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. Smart Rural Community is a national program that promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting innovative economic development, access to education, state-of-the-art health care and other important issues for rural America.

In order to qualify as a Smart Rural Community provider, GRM Networks was required to demonstrate high-capacity broadband capabilities as well as community subscription to its services. More importantly, the program requires local communications providers, like GRM Networks, to work actively with other local leaders to develop broadband-based solutions to improve local conditions.

Recent changes in work, school and healthcare have increased the demand for reliable broadband service. With schools utilizing distance learning and many companies asking employees to telework, demand for high-capacity internet access has increased significantly. GRM Networks has played a key role in providing broadband-enabled solutions for northern Missouri and southern Iowa residents, businesses and schools.

As a member of NTCA, GRM Networks has affirmed its commitment to its local community by subscribing to the Smart Rural Community program.

“GRM Networks strives to meet these standards, which enable our customers to fully participate in today’s connected society,” said GRM Networks CEO Mitchell Bailey. “With access to high-speed Internet, residents in our communities have educational and economic opportunities on par with those in the most connected regions of America.”

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield said, “Smart Rural Community is a 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 GRM Networks for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.”