Telecom Innovators Gather at NTCA 2010 Annual Meeting & EXPO

Jan 06, 2010, 12:29 ET from National Telecommunications Cooperative Association

Premier event unites industry leaders, solutions providers

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Rural telecom industry leaders will experience the newest telecom innovations and evaluate the current communications climate at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association's (NTCA) 2010 Annual Meeting & EXPO, January 31 - February 3 in Tampa.

NTCA's Annual Meeting is home to the industry's premier trade show -- EXPO '10 -- designed exclusively for the rural telecom sector. Exhibitors will demonstrate new technologies and full-service solutions to meet the changing business needs of rural communications providers. The EXPO's Hot Technologies area will unveil the newest telecom product innovations that have been developed or significantly improved within the last year.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, commanding officer of the USS Cole when it was attacked in Yemen, will keynote the opening general session with a presentation on leadership and accountability. The session will also feature NTCA Chief Executive Officer Michael E. Brunner's annual "State of the Association" address and a panel discussion during which telecom executives will predict how rural telcos will do business in an all-IP world.

Noted economist, professor of finance and investment expert, Peter Ricchiuti, will provide a humorous yet insightful look at the challenges and opportunities in today's economic climate at the closing general session. Timely and informative seminars and workshops on topics including smart grids, marketing and succession planning will provide additional learning opportunities.

Registration is complimentary for members of the press and includes admittance to all general sessions, seminars and the EXPO hall. For registration, contact Caitlin Colligan, NTCA public affairs manager, at For additional information about NTCA's 2010 Annual Meeting & EXPO, visit

NTCA is the premier association representing more than 560 locally owned and controlled telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. NTCA provides its members with legislative, regulatory and industry representation; meetings; publications and educational programs; and an array of employee benefit programs. Visit us at

Contact: Caitlin Colligan, 703-351-2086,

SOURCE National Telecommunications Cooperative Association