Valley Telephone Cooperative’s CEO, Steve Metts said “The Board of Directors is pleased to be able to provide financial resources to our area’s worthy students who intend to invest in their future through higher education”. Since 2003, Valley Telephone Cooperative Foundation and Copper Valley Telephone have awarded $1.2 million in scholarships and we look forward to continuing this program in the future.

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 since 1962.

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, highspeed internet and digital cable television to many residents in Southeastern AZ and Southwestern NM. They have been serving this area since 1962.

Valley Telephone Cooperative’s CEO, Steve Metts said “The Board of Directors is pleased to be able to provide financial resources to our area’s worthy students who intend to invest in their future through higher education”. Since 2003, Valley Telephone Cooperative Foundation and Copper Valley Telephone have awarded $1.3 million in scholarships and we look forward to continuing this program in the future.

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

Valley Telephone Cooperative’s Board President, David Thompson said “We are so pleased to be able to provide scholarships in our communities to worthy students who invest in their future through higher education”. Since 2003, Valley Telephone Cooperatives Foundation has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships and we look forward to continuing this program”.

Scholarship recipients were recognized at Valley Telephone Cooperative’s Annual Meeting on May 4, 2019 in San Simon, AZ.

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