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Golden West Elects Board Members

09/25/12 | Member Updates and News

Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative members elected four board members at the annual meeting Sept. 22 in Wall. Pictured from left to right are, Jeff Nielsen of Canistota (District IX), Stewart Marty of Hot Springs (District V), Rod Renner of Wall (District II) and Lee Briggs of Midland (District III).

One Newcomer Joins Three Incumbents on Board of Directors

WALL – More than 400 members attended the 60th annual meeting of the Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative at the Wall Community Center on Saturday, September 22nd. People attending the event had the opportunity to vote in four board member elections, hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the cooperative, win several door prizes and listen to the Itty Bitty Opry Band.

One newcomer and three incumbents were elected to the board of directors for Golden West Telecommunications this year. The board members elected on Saturday were:

  • Rod Renner, of Wall, who ran unopposed for a four-year term to represent District II.

  • Lee Briggs, of Midland, who ran unopposed for a four-year term to represent District III.

  • Stewart Marty, of Hot Springs, was elected to a four-year term to represent District V. He will replace Harold Wyatt,
    who did not seek re-election.

  • Jeff Nielsen, of Canistota, who ran unopposed for a four-year term to represent District IX.

Board President Rod Renner began the day’s presentations by speaking to the crowd about the commitment of Golden West employees and board members. He summarized Golden West’s sixty years of service to its members and thanked Harold Wyatt for his nearly 25 years of dedication and service to the cooperative.

Golden West General Manager Denny Law also recognized Harold Wyatt’s service and talked about Golden West building of a one of the most robust telecommunications networks in the state including the introduction of Cable TV and Internet access. Mr. Law then announced the availability of faster Internet speed options for both residential and business customers. The new speeds range from 6x1, 15x1, 25x2 to 30x5 and will soon be offered in designated areas.

Mr. Law also addressed how the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regulatory policy changes will affect rural companies like Golden West in their ability to plan to invest in future technology and infrastructure upgrades. He talked about how the FCC is mandating federal guidelines on local service rates and the resulting penalties if companies choose not to follow the guidelines. Law said Golden West is working to make certain the interests of rural customers are understood at the FCC.  “Now more than ever before we need to make the case that our rural communities deserve to have the same access to advance technology as our urban neighbors,” stated Law.

The Itty Bitty Opry Band of Rapid City entertained the crowd with a variety of 1950’s songs, Larry Cohen of Martin won the $500 grand prize drawing. Next year’s Golden West annual meeting will be held on September 28, 2013.