JUNE 2011 Published monthly for customers of SkyLine Membership Corporation and SkyBest Communications SkyBest Joins with Verizon Wireless to Deliver 4G LTE Mobile Broadband to Rural Areas SkyBest Communications, the wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyLine, has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless as part of Clear Stream Communications, LLC. to participate in Verizon's LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Rural America Program. Through this program, Clear Stream customers will have access to a 4G LTE network, the state-of-the-art global standard for high-speed wireless data services. Clear Stream Communications, LLC., composed of SkyBest, Wilkes Telecommunications, Piedmont Communications and Carolina West Wireless, will lease Verizon Wireless' 700 MHz upper C block wireless spectrum in the companies' service areas where Verizon Wireless has not already constructed wireless network facilities. Verizon Wireless and Clear Stream will collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network using Clear Stream tower and backhaul assets and Verizon Wireless' core 4G LTE equipment. The consortium currently serves customers in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga, Wilkes, Surry, Caldwell, Catawba, Burke and Alexander counties. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Boone Business Expo SkyLine’s Shauna Powers and Robin Miller welcome a special guest from Chick-fil-A to the SkyLine/SkyBest booth during the annual Boone Business Expo held at Boone Mall on April 21. SkyLine was among numerous area businesses to showcase their products and services as well as to network with businesses, customers and potential customers. www.SkyLine.org www.SkyBest.com Area Students Receive National Scholarships through SkyLine Two Ashe County High School seniors – Courtney Bowers and Christopher Hamby – have been named winners of the 2011 Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship, and each student will receive $2,500. Courtney is the daughter of Kevin and Donna Bowers of West Jefferson. She plans to attend Appalachian State University and study biology. Christopher is the son of Gary and Kristal Hamby of West Jefferson. He plans to attend East Carolina University and study engineering. These students also will be recognized at their school’s Awards Day programs and at SkyLine’s Annual Meeting in September. The one-year scholarships, sponsored locally by SkyLine, are presented by the Foundation for Rural Service, the advocacy arm of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which SkyLine is a member. Each year, a total of 30 scholarships are awarded nationwide to rural youth through this program: one per geographic region (among 10) of the NTCA membership and one to a student sponsored by a NTCA associate member. The remaining nineteen (19) awards are distributed proportionate to the number of applications received per region. The FRS funds $2,000 of each scholarship with the sponsoring organization of each winning student providing a $500 match. This program is an outreach effort of the FRS, NTCA and SkyLine to sustain and enhance the quality of life in rural America. Pictured at the installation with Mrs. Duvall were then-President Frank James and then-General Manager John McGuire. ALLEGHANY 372-1350 ASHE 877-1350 846-1350 AVERY 898-1350 WATAUGA 963-1350 865-1350 JOHNSON 739-1350 OUTSIDE LOCAL SERVICE AREA 1- 800-759-2226 REPAIR SERVICE LOCAL CALLS 611 WORTH NOTING: Saturday, June 4 Ashe County Heart Walk 1904 Courthouse, Jefferson, NC Friday, June 10 Cookbook - Deadline for Recipes A total of eight students have received FRS Scholarships since SkyLine became a local sponsor in 2006. SkyLine’s Commemorative Cookbook 60 Years of Great Connections This month, we round out the 1970s, which meant continued customer growth and the need to expand the facilities to serve new customers. In 1976 three of SkyLine’s central offices in Ashe County expanded floor space to accommodate new lines. At the time, the company served approximately 5,000 subscribers in Ashe. Another major milestone was achieved in 1978 with the 20,000th telephone service installation for the cooperative. SkyLine’s Ernest Severt installed a wall phone at the home of Ida Duvall in Baldwin. CUSTOMER SERVICE Celebrating 60 Years SkyBest to Sponsor Mountain Heart with Tony Rice at An Appalachian Summer Festival SkyBest is pleased to announce that it will be among the local corporate sponsors of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the monthlong summer arts program that features a variety of music, theatre, film and dance on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. For many years, the festival has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. This year, SkyBest will be the lead corporate sponsor of Mountain Heart with Tony Rice on Friday, July 29, at Submit Your Favorite Recipe STAFF: Jimmy Blevins Chief Executive Officer Kim Shepherd Customer Service & Sales Manager Karen P. Powell Public Relations Director & Editor CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 105431 SKYBEST JOINS VERIZON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In addition to 4G LTE coverage in their local service area, Clear Stream customers will have access to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network nationwide and those of other rural carriers in the program. Verizon Wireless customers also will be able to roam on 4G LTE networks built by program participants. "Our mission at SkyBest has always been to bring the latest in telecommunications technology to our customers, and we're ready to take a giant leap forward to secure access to 4G technology through this program," said SkyBest Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Blevins. "This consortium represents the latest in a series of productive endeavors we have forged with Wilkes and Piedmont to deliver state-of-the-art services to the region. By working with Verizon, we can accelerate the deployment of 4G and be poised to address the future needs of our customers. We feel this is a perfect complement to our fiber optic network and a natural progression for our current service offering." Construction of the 4G LTE network in northwestern North Carolina will begin in 2012. Service will be widely available throughout the consortium's footprint by the end of 2013. The regional consortium represents one of a handful of rural carriers who have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America Program. Other carriers--Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Cross Wireless, Pioneer Cellular, Strata Networks and Thumb Wireless – have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 1.8 million people and nearly 58,000 square miles in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin and Utah. "We are extremely pleased to have Clear Stream join the LTE in Rural America program. Together our companies will be the first to offer a 4G LTE high speed mobile data network in rural northwestern North Carolina," said Molly Feldman, VP of Business Development for Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless launched its 4G LTE network last December in 38 markets, covering one-third of all Americans, and in more than 60 commercial airports. The company will expand its 4G LTE network to an additional 140 markets by the end of 2011, and plans to cover its entire 3G footprint with 4G LTE by the end of 2013. The 4G LTE network provides speeds up to 10 times faster than current 3G networks, making it the fastest mobile network in America for downloading songs and movies, video conferencing, multiplayer gaming and more. APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Farthing Auditorium, and here’s a quick preview of these two groundbreaking artists, as they share their innovative ways of altering traditional acoustic music to make a sound all their own. Tony Rice spans the range of acoustic music, from bluegrass to jazz, to songwriter-oriented folk. He is one of the greatest innovators in acoustic flat-picked guitar, and he has collaborated and recorded albums with many bluegrass and folk icons of this generation, including Joni Mitchell, Bobby Hicks, Doyle Lawson and Todd Phillips. Rice remains one of bluegrass’ top instrumentalists and singers, bringing originality and vitality to everything he plays. Mountain Heart has fearlessly revolutionized the way acoustic music can be presented and played by combining elements of rock, country, blues, jazz and bluegrass into an unmistakable high-energy sound. The band has appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry more than 100 times and has shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss and Patty Loveless. To learn more about the Festival, visit www.appsummer.org, and to order tickets, contact the ASU Farthing Auditorium Box Office at 1-800-841-ARTS (2787). Send Us Your Recipes! If you’ve been meaning to send us your favorite family recipe(s) but have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to enter your recipe online (www.skyline60.com) or jot them down on a piece of paper and mail them to us at SkyLine Attn: Cookbook Project, PO Box 759, West Jefferson, NC 28694. Deadline is Friday, June 10. Response to our cookbook project has been tremendous! To the many members and customers who have already sent in your recipes, we thank you! Our commemorative cookbook will be a collection of family favorites from across our service area and beyond (those members and customers who winter elsewhere and summer here– thank you too!). We plan to have the cookbooks ready for purchase in September, and we’ll keep you posted on the size and price of the cookbooks as we compile the remaining recipes. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will support food banks in our five-county service area of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Johnson counties. Support Relay for Life Events in Your Area Watauga County: June 17 Alleghany County: June 24 Ashe County: July 15 Johnson County: July 15 Avery County: August 5 Recipe of the Month Old Fashioned Caramel Cake Cake: 1 stick of margarine 1 1/2 cups of sugar 2 eggs 2 cups flour 1 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon of vinegar 1 teaspoon of baking soda Caramel Frosting: 1 stick of margarine 1 box of light brown sugar 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder Instructions: Cake: Cream margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and continue beating. Add flour alternately with buttermilk. Blend well. Stir in soda which has been dissolved in vinegar. Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350º for 25 minutes. Cool and then frost. Caramel Frosting: Melt margarine in heavy saucepan. Add sugar and stir to blend well. Add milk and cook to soft ball stage. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes. Add baking powder and beat until smooth and creamy. The more you beat, the creamier it will be. Frost cake. Recipe submitted by SkyLine member Edith Harless of Ashe County.