The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

The Foundation for Rural Service is Indeed About Service

Youth Tour 2019

So many NTCA members really go above and beyond and make sacrifices for the young people in rural communities, knowing that this next generation represents the future of their areas.

But Ron Laudner of OmniTel Communications, and former NTCA board member, is willing to go bald – all in the name of supporting Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) scholarships. Three shears (get it?) for Ron and OmniTel for their creative campaign to raise at least $25,000 for FRS scholarships by October 29 when they will be livestreaming Ron’s visit to see Jack the Clipper and get buzzed bald. Many thanks to OmniTel Communications for kicking off the drive with a donation of $2,500, so 10% of the goal has been met! Join the fun—go to to donate. I personally can’t wait to see the “new” Ron Laudner so I have made my contribution!

Scholarships and the popular Youth Tour are two of the key programs FRS offers to support young people in rural America. Also in the mix are grants to support community and business development, the Virtual Living Room program to create private spaces with broadband and a connection to the nearest VA hospital for veterans to access, and educational programs such as the annual congressional broadband tour and various white papers that are wonderful educational tools. The latest white paper was just released in early September and it highlights the positive impact that NTCA members have on creating jobs in their community. The paper was authored by the Purdue University Center for Regional Development and is available to download for free.

These FRS programs and resources require support from the NTCA community, so FRS hosts fundraising events throughout the year. Coming up in Denver at the Fall Conference will be a super-fun Backyard BBQ on Monday, September 23. Tickets are $150 and worth every penny for the delicious barbeque and good times – all while supporting a great cause. Register for the Backyard BBQ through the member portal or by contacting the folks at FRS at

FRS is such a powerful resource for rural communities and a wonderful partner and asset for the rural broadband industry. I am so proud of the work that they do and excited to see where they go in year 26!

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