“If you’re a company with less than 100,000 subscribers, you had problems with net-neutrality, and you can have problems without,” Big Bend Telephone’s General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Russell “Rusty” Moore said.
Moore was elected to the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association board of directors in November 2016. The group’s primary mission is to unite rural broadband providers and represent their needs at the federal and state level.
“It’s really just to help insure our relevance,” Moore explained. “What we do out here still matters. As the larger companies start to draw back their interest in rural communities, we’ve ramped up our interest. We believe in our relevance to the greater good. We can stimulate economic development with the investments we’re making in technology.”
“We want to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. We’ve built our own networks and they have the capacity to support the customer experience,” Moore said.