Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative Joins NetAmerica Alliance

NetAmerica Alliance Expands into Virginia as Buggs Island delivers 4G LTE

Dallas, TX (January 6, 2014) – NetAmerica Alliance, LLC today announced that Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative (dba BIT Communications) has joined the NetAmerica Alliance. BIT Communications is headquartered in Bracey, Virginia, and is building a 4G LTE network with plans to deliver fixed broadband service to Amelia, Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway counties.

As a Member of NetAmerica, BIT not only has access to the shared expertise of all other Alliance Members  (deploying commercial networks in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Arizona, and New Mexico) but also to the 4G LTE core hosting, infrastructure, operational tools, personnel, and marketing programs which the Alliance provides to its Members.

"Being a rural service provider with deep commitment to the communities we serve demanded we find a partner with the same commitment and values," said Michele Taylor, Wireless Operations Manager at BIT Communications. "After a robust Request for Proposal process, we found the holistic approach taken by the NetAmerica Alliance and their commitment to rural America to be a perfect fit.  A key part of our decision was not only the experience they and their Members have in running commercial networks, but also the experience of being an Alliance Member and getting the help we need to succeed."

"It is with great pleasure that we welcome BIT Communications to the Alliance.  It is our goal to ensure rural communities have the same access to leading edge communications services as those in urban areas and we are proud to serve BIT Communications in delivering on that promise to southern Virginia," said Roger Hutton, NetAmerica Chairman and CEO.

About NetAmerica Alliance:
The NetAmerica Alliance is a democratic, peer-to-peer union of independent Communication Service Providers (CSPs) joining forces to secure the future of rural America.  Through the programs, services, capabilities and investment in infrastructure with which the Alliance arms its Members, and the manner in which they work for their individual and collective success, NetAmerica helps to mitigate business and technology risk to yield successful and profitable deployment of 4G LTE service.  The Alliance believes in rural America and in the virtues of independence, community, and family.  We also believe that irrespective of geography, every individual should have access to modern communications services that maintain those valuable connections.  For more information, visit: www.NetAmericaAlliance.com.

About Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative:

The Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative, founded in 1951, provides quality communications services and products, along with rapid deployment of the latest wireless technology and infrastructure necessary to assist in the economic revitalization efforts of south central Virginia. For more information, visit:  www.bitbroadband.com.

Press Contact:
Chuck Harris
NetAmerica Alliance, LLC
954-654-5152 (mobile)
www.netAmericaAlliance.com