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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Bob Dahlstrom

Marketing Supervisor

752 East Maley Street

Willcox, AZ 85643

(520) 384-2231

Bob.dahlstrom@vtc.net

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Valley TeleCom Group Awards $84,000 in Scholarships to Local Area Students.

Willcox, Arizona, April 12, 2013

The Valley TeleCom Group Board of Directors has awarded 34 scholarships to local area students for the upcoming 2013/2014 school year. The VTC Education Foundation awarded twenty-five scholarships of $3,000.00 each and Copper Valley Telephone awarded nine scholarships of $1,000.00 each for a total of $84,000.00.

Valley Telephone Cooperative's Board President, David Thompson, said, "It is our mission to improve the quality of life in our area and providing educational opportunities is very important. The Board of Directors is very pleased to be able to invest in the education of these worthy students."

Over the past twenty years, the VTC Education Foundation has dispersed scholarship funds in excess of $626,250.00.

About Valley Telephone Cooperative

Valley Telephone Cooperative is a local telecommunications company that provides local phone, long distance, high-speed internet and digital cable television to many residents in Southeastern AZ and Southwestern NM. They have been serving this area since 1962.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Bob Dahlstrom

Marketing Supervisor

752 East Maley Street

Willcox, AZ 85643

(520) 384-2231

Bob.dahlstrom@vtc.net

www.vtc.net

Valley Telephone Cooperative Returns Patronage Capital to Membership.

Willcox, Arizona, November 28, 2012

Valley Telephone Cooperative Board of Directors authorized the payment of over $1.1 million in patronage capital to members who purchased telecommunications services from the Cooperative between 1991 and 2011.

Valley Telephone Cooperative's CEO, Steve Metts said, "We appreciate the patronage and loyalty of our membership. The 2012 payment is substantially larger than those done in recent years and the Board of Directors takes great pride in being able to return this amount of money to our membership and to the local economy. This year, Valley has been
celebrating its 50th year of business and there could not be a better way to cap off another successful year."

Members of the Cooperative should start receiving checks in the mail during the week of
December 10th.

About Valley Telephone Cooperative

Valley Telephone Cooperative is a local telecommunications company that provides local phone, long distance, high-speed internet and digital cable television to many residents in Southeastern AZ and Southwestern NM. They have been serving this area since 1962.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Bob Dahlstrom

Marketing Supervisor

752 East Maley Street

Willcox, AZ 85643

(520) 384-2231

Bob.dahlstrom@vtc.net

www.vtc.net

Valley Telephone Cooperative Holds 48thAnnual Meeting at the Animas Public School.

Animas, New Mexico, May 5, 2012 - Valley Telephone Cooperative's 48th Annual Meeting commenced promptly at 11:00 AM in the Animas Public School Cafetorium, with a Call to Order and Welcome, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem.  The proceedings continued with verification of the Election Proctor Report and Quorum of Mail-In Ballots, through the Presentation of Reports from Committees, Reports of Officers, and the Report of the Election Proctor. A special video presentation was developed commemorating Valley's 50th Anniversary featuring Lyle Donovan, Valley's first General Manager, Rich Dullum, former employee of Valley, and Valley's current C.E.O. and General Manager, Steve Metts.  The video centered on the initial need to supply telephone services to the residents of rural Southeastern Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico with a historical perspective of how Valley began by establishing itself as a cooperative.  The video continued with how Valley grew over the years, and addressed how Valley plans to evolve into their next fifty years.  This commemorative video can be seen on Valley TeleCom Group's Community Channel One.

The 2012/2013 Scholarship Committee was then identified by President Thompson who then announced the scholarship recipients.  Valley Telephone Foundation awarded thirty-two recipients scholarships totaling $80,000.00 along with Copper Valley Telephone which awarded five recipients scholarships totaling $5,000.00. Over the past twenty years, Valley Telephone Foundation has dispersed scholarship funds in excess of $542,250.00 and is committed to further enrich future generations by supporting higher education. After the
scholarships were awarded, the Election Proctor announced the results of the Director Elections. The results were as follows:  Carrol Miller of Rodeo, NM, re-elected for District
#1, Ruby Sipes of San Simon, AZ, re-elected for District # 2, and Jyme Stoner of Pearce, AZ, re-elected for District #3.

The meeting concluded with questions from the attending members followed by the drawing for door prizes and the Grand Prize drawing of $1,000.00.  Joan Brown of Pearce, AZ, enthusiastically accepted the $1,000.00 Grand Prize when her ticket was drawn.  The meeting adjourned and was followed by a delicious luncheon prepared and served by the local FFA Chapter.

About Valley Telephone Cooperative

Valley Telephone Cooperative is a local telecommunications company that provides local phone, long distance, high-speed internet and digital cable television to many residents in Southeastern AZ and Southwestern NM. They have been serving this area since 1962.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 

Bob Dahlstrom

Marketing Supervisor

752 East Maley Street

Willcox, AZ  85643

(520) 384-2231

Bob.dahlstrom@vtc.net

www.vtc.net

Valley TeleCom Group Officials Meet with Congressional Representatives

Discuss Valley's efforts to bring advanced communications to parts of rural Arizona and New Mexico.

Valley TeleCom Group's Steve Metts, C.E.O. and General Manager, along with David
Thompson, Board President, recently met with staff and legislators in Washington, D.C. to discuss the significant impact of small communications providers like Valley TeleCom Group in delivering affordable broadband services to consumers in Southeastern, Arizona and Southwestern, New Mexico.

Valley TeleCom Group's representatives spoke about the importance of broadband for
rural business development and growth and also the ways that broadband brings
education, public safety, telemedicine and other opportunities to rural consumers. Mr. Metts and Mr. Thompson provided an overview of its service area in Arizona and New Mexico to highlight the types of services it provides to both consumers and businesses in this region as well as pointing to the number of jobs their company provides in these two states and other services that contribute to the area's economic development.

Valley TeleCom Group's representatives urged their congressional delegates to help them continue to provide the services their community needs at an affordable rate by removing regulatory uncertainty and urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider the deep cuts and other extreme modifications it is proposing to impose on the Universal Service Fund (USF). Valley's representatives explained that cuts to this
important fund could put existing investment in rural broadband at risk and discourage future investment in new broadband-capable networks by small companies such as Valley, leading to increased rates for telephone, broadband and other services

Mr. Metts and Mr. Thompson were in Washington to participate in the National
Telecommunications Cooperative Association's Legislative & Policy Conference, March 19-21. More than 500 rural telecom representatives from all over the country gathered in the nation's capital for educational briefings about emerging rules and regulations and other industry issues. They also took part in visits to policymakers on Capitol Hill and the FCC.

About Valley Telephone Cooperative

Valley Telephone Cooperative is a local telecommunications company that provides local phone, long distance, high-speed internet and digital cable television to many residents in Southeastern AZ and Southwestern NM. They have been serving this area since 1962.

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