For Immediate Release

Contact: Lauren Gaydos, [email protected], (703) 351-2015

Rye Telephone Celebrates with Rye Elementary on Foundation for Rural Service Grant Award

Colorado City, CO., (November 19, 2020) – The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) today announced the recipients of 23 grants totaling $104,000 to advance the quality of life and enable economic development in communities served by members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

Rye Telephone Company (RTC) is pleased to announce Rye Elementary School as one of these grant recipients. Principal Amber Balenseifen received $5,000 to purchase Promethean boards for the classrooms.

“We are thrilled that we were able to collaborate with Rye Elementary on applying for these funds. Bringing technology to our rural community is a critical mission of RTC. At RTC we focus heavily on bringing the best in broadband connectivity and this award allows the school to utilize that connectivity to educate students in a unique way,” commented Shawn Davis, Operations Manager at RTC.

“Rye Elementary School will be using the grant money awarded to go toward purchasing new Promethean Boards for our general ed classrooms,” said Rye Elementary School Principal Amber Balenseifen. “The boards will help enhance both remote and in-person instruction. Right now, an electronic challenge we face with remote instruction is students can only see their teacher or the material being taught but cannot see the teacher interacting with the material being taught. The new Promethean Boards solve this problem. This really is a game changer for our school and what we can offer instructionally on so many levels”

“Especially during the ongoing pandemic, the work or projects these grant recipients are going to accomplish will make a significant impact in their communities,” said FRS Executive Director Pam Becker. “It is more important than ever before to expand telemedicine options and ensure that students have access to technology. We are grateful for all our recipients’ hard work, the NTCA members that endorsed them and continue to help their communities, and to our grant sponsor Womble Bond Dickinson.”

For a complete list of awardees, click here.


About Rye Telephone Company:


Rye Telephone Company, a USConnect Company, was founded in 1959 and serves an area of approximately 1,800 square miles. RTC utilizes a state-of-the-art fiber optic network and offers an abundance of products and services to satisfy the area’s communication needs. Visit us at


About FRS:


The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in rural America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Through scholarships, grants, and a variety of educational programs, FRS focuses on educating rural youth, encouraging community development and introducing policymakers to challenges unique to rural communities. Visit us at

About NTCA:


NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. 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. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, health care, agriculture and education, and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year. Visit us at