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Lakeland Communications Group’s John Klatt Elected NTCA President

Arlington, Va. (November 20, 2017)—John Klatt, President/CEO of Lakeland Communications Group, LLC (Milltown, Wis.), was elected President of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, a national trade association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies, during the association’s fall board meeting.

Klatt has served on the NTCA Board of Directors for three years. With nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, he has served on many industry boards including the Wisconsin State Telephone Association (WSTA), the Wisconsin Locally Owned Telephone Association, NTCA Futures Committee and NTCA Dues Task Force. Klatt has also received a number of awards, including the NTCA Management Achievement Award. Lakeland Communications Group, where Klatt has been at the helm for 20 years, is a nationally recognized Smart Rural Community and an NTCA Gig- Capable Provider.

The NTCA board also elected Kevin Beyer, general manager of Federated Telephone Cooperative (Chokio, Minn.), as vice president and Allen R. Hoopes, CEO/chairman of Silver Star Communications (Freedom, Wyo.) as secretary/treasurer. Don Richards of Richards, Elder & Green, LLP (Lubbock, Texas) was re-elected general counsel.

About NTCA

NTCA is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of transformative technological advancements, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high- quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Visit us at

About Lakeland Communications Group

Lakeland Communications is a rural telecommunications company located in Milltown and Luck, Wisconsin, serving customers with a proud heritage since 1908. Lakeland provides a fiber infrastructure to bring the best to its subscribers and was nationally recognized as a Smart Rural Community and a Gig-Capable Provider. Lakeland offers voice, video and all broadband services.