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Committees & Councils

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) is proud of the fact that it works closely with its members to further its mission, vision and values. In doing so, each spring the NTCA board solicits member participation in committees and councils that meet throughout the year. Membership on the thirteen standing committees is open to directors, managers and employees of member systems and, for the Legal Committee, attorneys for cooperative and commercial company members.

The regional directors make the appointments from a cross-section of members. Two members from each region are appointed to the Awards Committee, Resolutions Committee and each of the four umbrella committees (Meetings and Education Committee, Innovation & Technology, Government Affairs, and Industry & Regulatory Policy Committee). One member from each region is appointed to the four umbrella committees’ related committees. Committee members serve one-year terms at the Board’s discretion, and are expected to attend all committee meetings and fully participate in all committee proceedings. Additional at-large members are appointed to most of the committees by the board president, with the input of the board.

Associate Member Advisory Council

Represents the interests of associate members. Provides insight and education to members on technological, regulatory and evolutionary business changes through publications, seminars and workshops. Develops educational programs tailored to ensure timely dissemination of key topics vital to the membership. Council members are nominated by the associate members and are elected by the council. Also includes EXPO Advisory Subcouncil Meeting Summaries.


Awards Committee

Develops national awards program to recognize achievements of members. Reviews nominees and selects recipients.


Government Affairs Committee

Identifies critical industry issues and trends and develops corresponding policies to be advocated before the Congress, the administration and certain regulatory agencies. Coordinates association grassroots activities that will assist in achieving NTCA's goals. Facilitates the exchange of state-level legislative and regulatory industry information.


Industry and Regulatory Policy Committee

Reviews developments and recommends policy affecting technological developments, industry structure and member needs in federal and state regulatory matters.


Innovation and Technology

Explores new telecom business opportunities and technologies. Reviews new developments in these areas and communicates this information to members. Refers items to the Marketing committee for their more specialized review and action, and assists in the communications and education efforts of those committees.


Legal Committee

Reviews legal developments affecting members. Reports to Industry committee.


Marketing Committee

Shares progressive marketing ideas among telcos and works to convince decision makers that investing in marketing is both worthwhile and necessary.


Meetings and Education Committee

Focuses on membership retention, recruitment, programming and other member services. Ensures that the work of the Associate Member Advisory Council and various task forces benefits members.


Membership Committee

Focuses on membership retention, recruitment, and other member services.


Resolutions Committee

Reviews resolutions from other committees and presents those to be considered to the full membership on the floor of the Annual Meeting's business session.


Wireless Committee

Evaluates regulatory and technical concerns ensuring adequate input to the regulatory process. Communicates wireless issues to members through publications and educational efforts. Reports to the Business and Technology Committee.

Committees & Councils

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) is proud of the fact that it works closely with its members to further its mission, vision and values. In doing so, each summer the NTCA board solicits member participation in committees and councils that meet throughout the year. Membership on the thirteen standing committees is open to directors, managers and employees of member systems and, for the Legal Committee, attorneys for cooperative and commercial company members.

The regional directors make the appointments from a cross-section of members. Two members from each region are appointed to the Awards Committee, Resolutions Committee and each of the four umbrella committees (Meetings and Education Committee, Innovation & Technology, Government Affairs, and Industry & Regulatory Policy Committee). One member from each region is appointed to the four umbrella committees’ related committees. Committee members serve one-year terms at the Board’s discretion, and are expected to attend all committee meetings and fully participate in all committee proceedings. Additional at-large members are appointed to most of the committees by the board president, with the input of the board.

Associate Member Advisory Council

Represents the interests of associate members. Provides insight and education to members on technological, regulatory and evolutionary business changes through publications, seminars and workshops. Develops educational programs tailored to ensure timely dissemination of key topics vital to the membership. Council members are nominated by the associate members and are elected by the council. Also includes EXPO Advisory Subcouncil Meeting Summaries.


Awards Committee

Develops national awards program to recognize achievements of members. Reviews nominees and selects recipients.


Competitive and Advanced Services Committee

Evaluates regulatory and technical concerns ensuring adequate input to the regulatory process. Communicates wireless issues to members through publications and educational efforts.


Government Affairs Committee

Identifies critical industry issues and trends and develops corresponding policies to be advocated before the Congress, the administration and certain regulatory agencies. Coordinates association grassroots activities that will assist in achieving NTCA's goals. Facilitates the exchange of state-level legislative and regulatory industry information.


Industry and Regulatory Policy Committee

Reviews developments and recommends policy affecting technological developments, industry structure and member needs in federal and state regulatory matters.


Innovation and Business Opportunity

Explores new telecom business opportunities and technologies. Reviews new developments in these areas and communicates this information to members. Refers items to the Marketing committee for their more specialized review and action, and assists in the communications and education efforts of those committees.


Legal Committee

Reviews legal developments affecting members. Reports to Industry committee.


Marketing Committee

Shares progressive marketing ideas among telcos and works to convince decision makers that investing in marketing is both worthwhile and necessary.


Meetings and Education Committee

Focuses on meeting trends, features and components, as well as developing education initiatives.


Membership Committee

Focuses on membership retention, recruitment, and other member services.


Resolutions Committee

Reviews resolutions from other committees and presents those to be considered to the full membership on the floor of the Annual Meeting's business session.


Technical Committee

Research and document the impacts on small companies of rapidly developing technological advancements. A specific focus is paid to how these developments impact existing networks and the services that are provided over these networks. The committee also pays close attention to pending legislation or regulation that may also require a technical solution to be implemented.


Tribal Affairs Committee

Provides guidance to the Industry and Regulatory Policy, Government Affairs and other NTCA committees as necessary to help shape and inform the discussion of federal regulatory and legislative issues and the impacts for those members that serve tribal nations.