NRTC named James (Jim) DaBramo as president of its Broadband Solutions division (formerly Pulse Communications), effective Jan. 6, 2020. Jim comes to NRTC from LICT Corporation, an integrated provider of broadband, voice, video and wireless services, where he oversaw the operations of eleven rural telephone and communications services companies across the country. Jim is replacing Eric Freesmeier who is retiring at the end of the year.
Jim will lead NRTC’s extensive work with telephone and electric members to build fiber and wireless broadband networks. The Broadband Solutions division works closely with its members in all phases of broadband deployment, including business planning, design, engineering, procurement, deployment, and operations. NRTC has performed over 175 feasibility studies and helped members deploy nearly $1.5 billion in capital for more than 25 separate rural projects nationwide.
Jim’s experience includes four years as chief operating officer of LICT, as well as senior leadership roles at fixed wireless provider Airband Inc., and in the VoIP and telecom services assurance businesses at IBBS (now Momentum Telecom).
“Jim’s past experience and our needs are a great match,” said Tim Bryan, NRTC’s CEO. “As we look to 2020 with our extensive schedule of broadband projects, we are pleased to add an executive like Jim to complement our existing outstanding team focused on Broadband Solutions. I also want to take this moment to thank Eric for his hard work and dedication over the past decade to put Pulse and NRTC in the forefront of serving rural members with broadband.”
DaBramo added, “I’m pleased to be joining NRTC at this critical time, and I am certain my past experiences can be used to benefit NRTC’s members. I look forward to continuing my work on broadband in rural America, and I’m eager to engage with NRTC’s telephone and electric members.”
We are a Member Driven and Technology Focused cooperative. NRTC provides solutions that help our 1,500 electric and telephone members bring all of the advantages of today’s evolving technology to rural America.
NRTC’s products and services are developed specifically to meet the needs of rural utilities and their customers, and include integrated smart grid and utility solutions, advanced energy, broadband infrastructure and managed network services, wireless technologies, and programming distribution capabilities for video providers.
NRTC helps ensure our members’ success by aggregating their individual buying power, negotiating national contracts, and helping members integrate technology solutions with existing infrastructure.