By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
INDIANTOWN -- At the western edge of Martin County is a small rural community that is ahead of the curve as far as technology is concerned.
Indiantown may be just another small town a bit off the beaten path as far as many Martin County residents are concerned, but it's certainly on the map for national technology organizations.
Most recently in the spotlight is ITS Telecom, an Indiantown company nationally recognized for its advances in high-end fiber internet.
On Sept. 16 the company was presented with a Smart Rural Community Award in Chicago by NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association, alongside six other communities in three other states.
The NTCA Smart Rural Community initiative acknowledges the efforts of rural telecommunications providers to offer technology that makes rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.
"Rural is Cool" is their slogan and Denise Lechner of ITS Telecom tends to agree as her company continues to look for ways to advance technology to improve the community.
"There are good technological things happening in rural communities," Ms. Lechner said.
She's pleased to show the rest of the country that a small company in a small town can be on the cutting edge.
But it's not just about the recognition; it's about improving the lives of the people who live here.
The low maintenance fiber optic cable that brings a super-fast internet connection to 42-square miles of the western edge of the county means more family members can simultaneously use multiple devices without a delay and businesses have more reliable and consistent connections and a higher capacity for data.
"It's really an advancement technology-wise," Ms. Lechner said.
"We're super blessed to have ITS as one of our partners," said Hilary McKeich, executive director at the Indiantown Chamber of Commerce.
But ITS Telecom isn't the only company advancing Indiantown's techy image. Between the 500 acres of solar mirrors that FPL installed and the chamber's brand new app for ticket purchasing and membership information, the rural community is really attracting some positive attention.
"There's a lot of great stuff going on in Indiantown," Ms. McKeichsaid.
Ms. Lechner and Ms. McKeich both believe the advancements being made in the city are good news for everyone: residents who benefit from them now and future businesses and residents who will be drawn to the small town because of all it has to offer.