Rural Iowa Independent Telephone Association and Iowa Telecommunications Association Will Unify in January 2014
David Byers, board president for the Rural Iowa Independent Telephone Association (RIITA) and Roxanne White, board chair for Iowa Telecommunications Association (ITA), announced on November 4 that their respective association memberships voted to unify.
As of January 1, the unified association will operate as Iowa Communications Alliance and will serve as the single professional association for independent telephone and wired broadband companies in Iowa. The unification of ITA and RIITA provides the opportunity to strengthen telecommunications policy efforts with a combined voice to better represent technology in rural areas and synergy for increased organization effectiveness in serving the new association’s members.
“For some time now, leadership of both legacy associations recognized we had the opportunity to leverage association strengths, combine resources and represent our respective memberships with a stronger voice by unifying,” said David Byers, board president for the new Iowa Communications Alliance Board of Directors and current board president for RIITA. “The purpose and membership of our respective associations are similar; unification is a sound strategy toward strengthening rural communications and connectivity in Iowa.”
Roxanne White, current board chair for the Iowa Telecommunications Association said, “We are positioned to lead the rural telecommunications industry with a more defined, stronger focus and enhanced programs and services that support our member companies and ultimately, our members’ customers. Our combined efforts will result in securing future success of rural technology and economic development in the communities our member companies serve.”
Byers announced Dave Duncan, current president of the Iowa Telecommunications Association, will serve as CEO for Iowa Communications Alliance.
2014 Iowa Communications Alliance Annual Meeting & Expo
We’re ushering in a new era with the unification of Rural Iowa Independent Telephone Association and the Iowa Telecommunications Association which took place on November 4, 2013. At that time, the two organizations merged and formed the Iowa Communications Alliance. This Annual Meeting & Expo of the Iowa Communications Alliance, which was formerly known as the RIITA Annual Conference & Expo, continues the great tradition of providing quality education, the largest expo in the Midwest and ample opportunity to collaborate and visit with your industry colleagues. Join us as we focus on future opportunities and new beginnings!
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