Here’s news that has a nice ring.
Ben Lomand Connect CEO Lisa Cope has been elected president of the Tennessee Broadband Association and will serve until mid-2020.
Cope has been employed at Ben Lomand for 25 years and been CEO since 2016. She was chosen for the position by fellow executives from other independent telecoms and rural cooperatives around the state.
“We are very proud Ms. Cope has been chosen for this position,” says president Gerald Sitz of the Ben Lomand Connect board of directors. “It speaks to her deep knowledge of this industry, as well as the confidence others place in her to lead the state of Tennessee into a better future using the power of broadband.”
The Tennessee Broadband Association is comprised of independent and cooperatively owned companies like Ben Lomand Connect that connect almost 30 percent of the state with broadband and related services.
Together these companies have invested more than $240 million in recent years to connect rural Tennesseans with fiber networks. Faster internet service is a key community enhancement and helps with everything from recruiting industry to improving education.
“Being selected to lead the association is both a great honor and responsibility,” Cope said. “As our state’s rural broadband experts, the Tennessee Broadband Association and its members are accomplishing terrific initiatives to bring connectivity to rural areas. I look forward to helping represent the voices and needs of this special group of Tennesseans through leadership, service and a spirit of cooperation. Our executive director, Levoy Knowles, does great work for us and will be excellent to work with.”
Cope added, “As our customers’ needs have changed, we’ve changed with them. I’m proud the Tennessee Broadband Association companies work so diligently to make sure their friends and neighbors have the communication networks they need today and for the future.”
Ben Lomand Connect is a member-owned corporation that serves all of Grundy, Warren and White counties, and portions of Bedford, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Franklin, Marion, Rutherford and Van Buren counties.