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Bluegrass Cellular President and CEO Appointed to Second Industry Leadership Role for 2015

Elizabethtown, KY (Dec. 1, 2014) – Ron Smith, President and CEO of Bluegrass Cellular, has been re-elected as an Executive Committee Member of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). Smith, who was also recently named 2015 CTIA Chairman of the Board, has been involved with the CTIA for more than 22 years.

CTIA is an international wireless industry trade group based in Washington, D.C. While Smith will speak on behalf of carriers, manufacturers, suppliers and developers in his previously-announced role as Chairman of the Board, he will also represent the small carrier sector while serving on the Executive Committee. In both roles, Smith will advocate on behalf of the organization and its members at all levels of government. His one-year term begins January 1, 2015.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have been re-elected to this important role,” said Smith. “As Executive Committee Member, I will work to ensure our industry remains competitive and innovative, and that wireless companies – large and small – carriers, manufacturers, suppliers and developers – have an opportunity to speak with a united voice in the face of the significant challenges and opportunities facing our industry. I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of colleagues, and I’m eager to see what opportunities lie ahead in 2015.”

With more than 28 years of experience in the wireless industry, Smith brings a comprehensive understanding of the communications field to his role. He managed the launch of Bluegrass Cellular in 1991 after a 13-year career with GTE – a legacy company of Verizon – and has since turned the company from a pioneer in rural cellular to one that continues to lead in technology and commercial advances in the wireless industry. Under his leadership, Bluegrass Cellular was the first to offer analog cellular service to Central Kentucky in 1991 and digital cellular service in 1998. Today, Bluegrass operates two 4G LTE networks providing both nationwide mobility and regional wireless Internet services to its customers.

About CTIA-The Wireless Association
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.