Meet The Tennessee Telecommunications Association’s New Officers

Four industry professionals representing telcos from across have been named the 2018 Tennessee Telecommunications Association officers.

“TTA members are working to make high-speed broadband and fiber available to every part of the state,” TTA Executive Director Levoy Knowles said. “This group of officers, led by Mark Patterson, will provide great leadership as they and their fellow TTA members continue to make progress in getting rural Tennessee connected.”

Patterson is president/CEO of Highland Telephone Cooperative and Highland Communications, and will serve as TTA’s board president.

He is joined by Lisa Cope, vice president and CEO of Ben Lomand Connect and Ben Lomand Communications, who will serve as vice president of the board.

CEO of Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative Charlie Boring will be the board’s secretary.

DTC Communications CEO Chris Townson will serve as board treasurer.

The board officers were elected in June at the association’s annual meeting, held in Franklin.

The board members will provide leadership for TTA, which represents 21 companies and cooperatives that provide broadband service to rural areas across the state. Collectively, they provide gig-speed fiber internet to more than 136,000 customers in rural Tennessee communities.