Who We Are
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing more than 800 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America.
NTCA is a full-service association, offering a wide array of member services, including a highly effective government affairs program; expert legal and industry representation; a broad range of educational services; a comprehensive assortment of regular and special publications and public relations programs; and a well-rounded complement of national and regional meetings.
Services Management Corporation (SMC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTCA. Established in 1980, SMC provides administrative services for the association's many benefit programs through contractual relationships with Trust committees that are appointed by the NTCA Board to administer the programs. The services SMC provides include claims and benefits administration, data processing, and member relation services.
NTCA also calls upon three related organizations to better serve its membership:
- Formed in 1969, the NTCA Rural Broadband PAC, the association's political action committee, lends credibility to the government affairs program through modest and judicious campaign contributions to key congressional supporters.
- National Telcom Corporation (NTC) is an association-captive property and casualty insurance company. As a captive, NTC serves only NTCA members and provides opportunities to minimize administrative costs and control losses.
- Communications Supply Service Association (CSSA), a group-purchasing venture formed by individual NTCA members, provides technical services and offers economies of scale in buying telecommunications equipment.
In 1994, NTCA established the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), a nonprofit foundation, whose mission is to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Located in NTCA's Arlington, Va., headquarters, the FRS resource center supports rural telecom companies, communities and policymakers with educational information, products and opportunities to increase their community development and involvement. FRS provides a variety of programs, ranging from youth-based initiatives and educational materials to consumer awareness and rural economic development. With every program, FRS calls attention to rural challenges, goals and achievements, and educates the public and lawmakers on exactly why rural America is so unique and worth fighting for.