Houston, TX – (AP News) – August 15, 2022 – With a mission to provide accessible quality gigFAST(TM) broadband to rural America, RTA is committed to help:

  • Bridge the Digital Divide between urban and rural America.
  • Build economic and social prosperity in the rural areas.
  • Promote the “rural America is open for business” initiative.

This blueprint stems from the founders’ belief that internet access is a crucial ingredient for rural area development. 

Thankfully, we have RTA’s Leadership Team to channel the appropriate resources and achieve these goals. Their team is always on hand to lead the commitment to support America’s rural communities.

RTA’s founders and leadership team understand the role internet plays in modern life in regards to communication, education, health, information services, work, and play. However, the challenge rural America faces is the rural/urban digital divide with insufficient internet facilities that severely restrict rural communities from today’s modern business development and quality of life.

RTA’s leadership team understands this and recognizes our rural areas, populations and businesses are the backbone of America. This is why they are 100% devoted to delivering reliable gigFAST INTERNET(TM) to our rural neighborhoods. 

Moreover, RTAs leaders share their pledge to provide the best possible affordable modern internet plans, which encompass:

  • Unlimited data plans.
  • No hidden fees.
  • No long-term contracts.

Here at Rural Telecommunications America, we demand modern affordable internet services. Hence, we have the best hands to lead us to achieve internet access support for America’s rural communities.

Here are the leaders at RTA and what makes them fit and capable individuals to lead their mission:

Jim Edwards: Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Edwards attended the University of Houston who, early in his career, held executive management positions with Motorola C&E, RCA Global, and Graphic Scanning Corporation. A resident of Houston, Texas, United States, he has over thirty years of executive management experience in the telecommunications industry.

His mission today is to deliver modern broadband solutions to rural America. As a Co-Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Rural Telecommunications of America (RTA), he is well poised to deliver on this mission. His LinkedIn bio reads, “Giving rural America all the advantages of urban Broadband speeds and services.” it is just another testament to Jim Edwards’s commitment to RTA’s mission statement.

In addition, below are highlights of Jim Edwards’ career:

  • Founder/CEO of the second-largest Long Distance Telephone Re-seller in the U.S.
  • Generated $250 Million in profitable revenues in 34 states with over 1,000 full and part-time employees.
  • Founder/CEO of the third-largest U.S. T-Mobile Cellular Dealership.
  • Ranked #43 of Top 100 New Companies in the U.S. by Entrepreneur Magazine.
  • A two-time finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards.
  • Twice owner of one of the fastest-growing businesses in Texas, according to Texas Monthly magazine and the Houston Business Journal.
  • Holder of three U.S. patents (5,819,029; 6,067,525; 6,275,940)

Donald Workman: Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Operating Officer

In his own words: “Since the beginning of my career, when data networking and the internet was at its infancy, I have been fortunate to be in positions where I disrupted industries such as Data Networking and Telecommunications through innovating thinking, passionate determination, and many first of a kind technology.” Such is the life of this visionary who now shares the vision of RTA.

Donald Workman co-founded Zvolve Systems at the beginning of the millennium and introduced Conscious(TM), the world’s first real-time data traffic engineering solution for telecommunication firms. 

After that, Workman spent over a decade at IBM in different management and executive roles revamping and performing digital transformations of Telecommunication companies’ strategies and service offerings globally.

In 2016, he launched BSSNext(TM). According to him, it was one of his “new ideas for again disrupting the telecommunications industry.” BSSNext(TM) was the first cloud-based Business Support System (BSS) Solution as a Service (SolaaS). This innovation disrupted the telecom industry as he wanted it to by being the first “all in one” cloud-based BSS digital platform to support multiple segments (wire and wireline), industries (Telecom, Utilities, Banking, etc.), and multi-tenant (multiple brands) on a single configurable platform.

Now, he is passionate about delivering affordable modern broadband solutions to rural America after co-founding Rural Telecommunications of America, Inc. (RTA) in June 2018. Donald Workman believes in “Strengthening America’s rural communities by providing affordable gigFAST INTERNET(TM),” as his LinkedIn bio reads.


The RTA leadership team is a group of meticulously selected experts with passions that tally with the RTA’s mission. Therefore, every leader in this team is enthusiastic about bringing their skills and abilities on board as the entire leadership team jointly leads their commitment to support America’s rural communities to success.

Media Contact:

Company Name: RTA Rural Telecommunications of America Inc.

Contact Person: Keith Gross

Phone: +1-844-7824872

City: Houston, Texas

Country: United States



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