Access to reliable communications is critical in today’s world, but in rural areas, access to high-speed communications is limited, creating a digital divide between rural and urban consumers that rural providers are striving to overcome—many with financial support from CoBank.

For decades, CoBank has provided loans and leases to the full range of telecommunications providers: incumbent local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, wireless and cable companies, data centers, and tower and fiber companies.

Our suite of loan products has enabled telecommunications companies to bring broadband fiber to the home, upgrade their networks and expand to serve new territories. From direct loans to accessing capital markets, we work with customers of all sizes to deliver the financing they need.


Communications Customers


Loan Commitments


Years Combined Communications Experience

We’ve been serving the communications industry for more than 30 years and have developed deep expertise in its challenges and opportunities. We also know that your needs are ever-evolving, and so we work with our customers to adjust terms as needed throughout the life of the loan.

We have a lot of confidence in CoBank. They understand our industry and have been there for us for an awfully long time.
– John Woody, CEO, Union Wireless

Financial Solutions

Term Loans Lines of Credit Capital Markets
Leasing Interest Risk Management Cash Management

Industry Expertise

As active members of the communications industry, we provide financial support to national organizations including NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, the Western Telecommunications Alliance and the Telergee Alliance, as well as many statewide telecommunications associations.

We chose CoBank because of its understanding of small rural community businesses, experience in the regional wireless space, and its reputation in the industry.
– Slayton Stewart, CEO, Carolina West Wireless


Ted Koerner, SVP, Communications Banking Division
Phone: (303) 740-6461

Lennie Blakeslee, Lead Relationship Manager
Supporting CO, ID, MT, OK, TX, WY
Phone: (303) 740-4191

Jacqueline Bove, Lead Relationship Manager
Supporting MI, MN, WI
Phone: (303) 740-4037 

Gary Franke, Lead Relationship Manager
Supporting CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT
Phone: (770) 618-3229 

Parish Fruge, Relationship Manager
Supporting AZ, ND, NM, SD
Phone: (303) 740-4370 

Gloria Hancock, Lead Relationship Manager
Supporting AR, DE, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV
Phone: (770) 618-3212 

Kevin Oliver, Lead Relationship Manager
Supporting AL, GA, FL, KY, MS, TN
Phone: (770) 618-3214 

Andy Smith, Lead Relationship Manager
Supporting IL, IN, KS, LA, MO, NE
Phone: (770) 618-3260 

Robbie Wallace, Associate Relationship Manager
Supporting AK, CA, IA, NV, OR, UT, WA
Phone: (303) 740-6515