October is National Cooperative Month

There are approximately 29,000 cooperatives that operate in every sector of the US economy. 1.2 million rural Americans are served by 260 telephone cooperatives in 31 states.  Pioneer is proud to be one of those cooperatives. As a cooperative, Pioneer reinvests in its network and gives back to the communities. A cooperative’s only purpose is to serve you, the members. Our mission is to bring you the best telecommunications and broadband service available. There are seven principles that set us apart from other providers.

  • Open and Voluntary Membership
    Membership in a cooperative is open to all persons who can reasonably use its services and stand willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, regardless of race, religion, gender, or economic circumstances.

  • Democratic Member Control
    Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.

  • Members’ Economic Participation
    Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital remains the common property of the cooperative.

  • Autonomy and Independence
    Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members, regardless of any agreements they may enter with other organizations.

  • Education, Training, and Information
    Education and training for members, elected representatives (directors/trustees), CEOs, and employees help them effectively contribute to the development of their cooperative.

  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
    By working together through local, national, regional, and international structures, cooperatives improve services, bolster local economies, and deal more effectively with social and community needs.

  • Concern for Community
    Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.