NRTC to Acquire Pulse Broadband to Expand Rural Communications Solutions

  • NRTC
  • Pulse Broadband
Herndon, VA — NRTC (National Rural Telephone Cooperative) and Pulse Broadband, have announced an agreement for NRTC to acquire 100 percent of Pulse Broadband. The acquisition will enable NRTC to accelerate its efforts to provide a full range of technology solutions to its electric and telephone members in the areas of broadband and communications services.

“It takes multiple technologies to overcome the broadband and communications connectivity challenges in the more rural areas served by our members,” Tim Bryan, NRTC’s CEO, said. “Adding fiber to our portfolio of infrastructure services, including wireless and satellite, allows us to meet the broadest set of member needs. Working with Pulse over the past year, we have come to appreciate their deep knowledge, talent, and customer focus.”

Pulse’s entire team, led by Eric Freesmeier, will remain and continue to deliver a wide range of fiber services, including financial feasibility modeling, design and engineering, and construction management. The Pulse team will be supported by strong sales, member relations, and administrative support from NRTC, much like the support provided to NRTC’s other subsidiaries, NeoNova and Telispire. In addition, NRTC, directly and through NeoNova, will offer members its full range of telecom services, including managed network services, ISP support, video solutions, and marketing.

A Commitment to Expanding Rural Broadband Access through Fiber
“This is a great day for all of us at Pulse,” Freesmeier said. “We all have a deep commitment to expanding broadband access through fiber, and we have developed a strong affinity for the rural utilities who are members of NRTC. We look forward to working even more closely with them as we work to advance NRTC’s mission.”

NRTC is focused on helping electric and telephone members address operational needs through fiber connectivity, including connectivity for anchor institutions, smart grid applications, wide-area and last mile wireless networks, communications, IoT, backhaul and redundancy. In addition, NRTC remains committed to expanding and enhancing consumer and enterprise broadband access through technology implementation and the delivery of its telecom services.

Helping Existing Broadband Providers Enhance their Offering
“Many areas of this country still lack sufficient broadband, and we believe our electric and telephone members are best suited to deliver that vital connectivity,” stated Greg Santoro, NRTC’s chief marketing and strategy officer. “We want to help our existing broadband providers enhance their offering, through services like next-generation video, and we want to enable new fiber investments, especially those forged through electric-telco member partnerships, to reach into areas currently under-served.” The transaction is expected to close in the next few weeks.

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