Awards & Recognition Programs


Certified Gig-Capable Providers

Recognized as Industry Leaders
in Gigabit Broadband

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Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (Rainsville, Ala.)

New Hope Telephone Cooperative (New Hope, Ala.)



NATCO Communications (Flippin, Ark.)

PGTelco (Prairie Grove, Ark.)

Pinnacle Communications (Lavaca, Ark.)

Southwest Arkansas Telephone Cooperative (Texarkana, Ark.)



Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc. (Ontario, Canada)


Blanca Telephone Company (Alamosa, Colo.)

Blue Lightning (Wiggins, Colo.)

Philips County Telephone Co. (Holyoke, Colo.)

Rye Telephone Company (Colorado City, Colo.) 



Bulloch County Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Stateboro, Ga.) 

ComSouth (Hawkinsville, Ga.)



MTCO Communications (Metamora, Ill.)

Shawnee Communications (Equality, Ill.)

Wabash Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Louisville, Ill.)



Endeavor Communications (Cloverdale, Ind.)

Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation (Sunman, Ind.)

NineStar Connect (Greenfield, Ind.)

RTC Fiber Communications (Rochester, Ind.)


ATC Communications (Albion, Idaho)


Alpine Communications (Elkader, Iowa)

Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative (Bloomfield, Iowa)

Clear Lake Independent Telephone Co. (Clear Lake, Iowa)

Colo Telephone Co. (Colo, Iowa)

Communications 1 Network, Inc. (Kanawha, Iowa)

Cooperative Telephone Exchange (Stanhope, Iowa)

Corn Belt Telephone Company (Wall Lake, Iowa)

Cumberland Telephone Company (Cumberland, Iowa)

Dumont Telephone Co. (Dumont, Iowa)

Ellsworth Cooperative Telephone Association (Ellsworth, Iowa)

Farmer's Mutual Cooperative Telephone Co. (Harlan, Iowa)

Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Co. (Moulton, Iowa)

Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (Stanton, Iowa)

Griswold Communications (Griswold, Iowa)

Hawkeye Telephone Company (Hawkeye, Iowa)

Kalona Cooperative Technology Company (Kalona, Iowa)

Lehigh Valley Cooperative Telephone Association (Lehigh, Iowa)

Marne Elk Horn Telephone (Elk Horn, Iowa)

Minburn Communications (Minburn, Iowa)

MTC Technologies (Mediapolis, Iowa)

OmniTel Communications (Nora Springs, Iowa)

Panora Communications Cooperative (Panora, Iowa)

Partner Communications Cooperative (Gilman, Iowa)

Premier Communications (Sioux Center, Iowa)

South Slope Cooperative Communications (North Liberty, Iowa) 

Stratford Mutual Telephone Co. (Stratford, Iowa)

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (Gowrie, Iowa)

Western Iowa Networks (Breda, Iowa)

Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association (Lake Mills, Iowa)


Golden Belt Telephone Association (Rush Center, Kan.)

KanOkla Networks (Caldwell, Kan.)

Nex-Tech (Lenora, Kan.)

Optic Communications (Columbus, Kan.)

Peoples Telecommunications, LLC  (La Cygne, Kan.)

Tri-County Telephone Association, Inc. (Council Grove, Kan.)

Twin Valley Communications (Miltonvale, Kan.)

Wamego Telephone Co., Inc. (Wamego, Kan.)


Logan Telephone Cooperative (Auburn, Ky.)

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (McKee, Ky.)

South Central Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. (Glasgow, Ky.)

West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative (Mayfield, Ky.)


NortheastTel (Collinston, La.)


AcenTek (Houston, MN)

Albany Mutual Telephone Association (Albany, Minn.)

Consolidated Telephone Co. (Brainerd, Minn.)

Emily Cooperative Telephone Company (Emily, Minn.) 

Garden Valley Telephone Co. (Erskine, Minn.)

Halstad Telephone Co. (Halstad, Minn.)

Paul Bunyan Communications (Bemidji, Minn.)

West Central Telephone Association (Sebeka, Minn.)

Woodstock Communications (Ruthton, Minn.)



Bruce Telephone Co. (Bay Springs, Miss.)


Green Hills Telephone Corp. (Breckenridge, Mo.)

GRM Networks (Princeton, Mo.)



3 Rivers Communications (Fairfield, Mont.)

Nemont Communications Inc. (Scobey, Mont.)



Clarks Telecommunications Co. (Jackson, Neb.)

Northeast Nebraska Telephone Co. (Jackson, Neb.)

Plainview Telephone Co. (Plainview, Neb.)

Three River Telco (Lynch, Neb.)


MVT (Overton, Nev.)

New Mexico

Yucca Telecom (Portales, N.M.)


New York

Westelcom Network, Inc. (Westport, N.Y.)

North Carolina

Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. (Shallotte, N.C.)

Piedmont Communications Services Inc. (Dobson, N.C.)

SkyLine Membership Corp. (West Jefferson, N.C.)

Surry Telephone Membership Corporation (Dobson, N.C.)

TriCounty Telecom (Belhaven, N.C.)

Wilkes Communications, Inc. (Wilkesboro, N.C.)

North Dakota

BEK Communications Cooperative (Steel, N.D.)

Consolidated Telcom (Dickinson, N.D.)

Dakota Central (Carrington, N.D.)

Dickey Rural Networks (Ellendale, N.D.)

Griggs County Telephone Company (Enderlin, N.D.)

North Dakota Telephone Co. (Devils Lake, N.D.)

Northwest Communications Cooperative (Ray, N.D.)

Polar Communications (Park River, N.D.)

Red River Communications (Abercrombie, N.D.)

Reservation Telephone Cooperative (Parshall, N.D.)

SRT Communications (Minot, N.D.)

United Communications (Langdon, N.D.)


Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Kingfisher, Okla.)

PTCI (Guymon, Okla.)


Scio Mutual Telephone Association (Scio, Ore.)

South Carolina

West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative (Abbeville, S.C.)


South Dakota

Midstate Communications, Inc. (Kimball, S.D.)

Valley Telecommunications Cooperative (Herreid, S.D.)

Venture Communications Cooperative (Highmore, S.D.)


Ben Lomand Connect (McMinnville, Tenn.)

Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative, Corp, Inc. (Pikeville, Tenn.)

Highland Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Oneida, Tenn.)

North Central Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Lafayette, Tenn.)

Twin Lakes ( Gainesboro, Tenn.)



enTouch Systems (Houston, Texas)

Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Raymondville, Texas)

Totelcom Communications, LLC (De Leon, Texas)



All West Communications (Kamas, Utah)

South Central Communications (Kanab, Utah)


Toledo Tel (Toledo, Wash.)


Citizens Telephone Cooperative (New Auburn, Wis.)

Cochrane Cooperative Telephone (Cochrane, Wis.)

Lakeland Communications (Milltown, Wis.)

Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Oxford, Wis.)

Nelson Communications Cooperative (Durand, Wis.)

Norvado (Cable, Wis.)

Tri-County Communications Cooperative, Inc. (Strum, Wis.)

Vernon Communications Cooperative (Westby, Wis.)

West Wisconsin Telcom Cooperative (Downsville, Wis.)


RT Communications, Inc. (Worland, Wyo.)


Questions about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification may be directed to




Gig Certified Logo

Use of the "Gig Certified" logo is restricted to companies that have been certified by NTCA as Gig-Capable Providers. The Gig Certified logo is designed to supplement certified companies' marketing promotions for Gigabit Internet offerings or to be used as a standalone item promoting your recognition as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA.


The Gig Certified logo is best displayed at a width of 4 inches at 300 dpi for professional print quality (brochures, flyers, banners). The logo is still visible and can be displayed at a minimum size of 2 inches in width, however it is recommended that you display the seal as large as possible so the words and NTCA logo within it are legible. Display of the gig logo at a size smaller than 2 inches in width must be approved by NTCA because doing so could breach visual style guidelines in place for the NTCA and Gig certified logos. For answers to questions about use of the logo, contact Laura Withers.

Design files

Click to a link below to view the logo. Then right-click on the logo to save it to your computer.
You can also click here to download a zip file of all logos. (Zip file is 2.29 MB in size.)


EPS format (1.3 MB)

JPG format (1.13 MB)

PDF format (376 KB)

PNG format (284 KB)

Spot Color PDF format (110 KB)

Spot Color EPS format (670 KB)


For assistance with downloading the logos, contact Shawn Sample.

For assistance with logo use or formats, contact Laura Withers.


Be Recognized as an Industry Leader
in Gigabit Broadband

Become a Certified Gig-Capable Provider
with NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

As a community-based technology provider, it’s your business to stay on the edge of what’s next. That’s why many rural telcos have taken the plunge to roll out gigabit broadband, delivering Internet speeds of up to 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. More than 100 community-based providers are delivering gigabit broadband to rural communities.

Now it’s time to be recognized for your innovation and insight. By becoming a Certified Gig-Capable Provider with NTCA, you will join a national campaign to celebrate rural networks that support gigabit speeds and help us show the world how independent telecom providers are delivering the Internet of tomorrow—today. 

Newly added program features include online pay (must be logged in) using the eStore and the addition of census blocks as alternative certification criteria.


Here’s How:

  1. Review the certification guidelines and download the application.

  2. Submit your application to NTCA.

  3. Once certified, use our "Gig Certified" logo on your marketing and promotional materials to be recognized as an industry leader in gigabit broadband. (Certified companies also will receive one promotional item and be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events.)

  4. Join us as we display the innovation and insight of Gig-Capable Providers all over the country.


Get started today!


Contact Us

Questions about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification may be directed to








Applications may be submitted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed by NTCA staff for compliance with the terms of this program. Certification will be awarded, and applications shall therefore be submitted, on an exchange-by-exchange basis.


  1. Applicants must be an NTCA member company in good standing.

  2. Certification is obtained by submitting to NTCA documentation of the following:

    1. Certification that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% percent of one or more exchanges or census blocks, and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities.

    2. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.



A single nonrefundable $250 fee shall apply to applications filed simultaneously by a company for one or more exchanges or census blocks. Only credit card or check payment will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to "NTCA."



Certified companies will be permitted to advertise themselves as a "Gig-Capable Provider" and make use of the program’s logo, subject to NTCA review. Other promotional materials may be granted or made available to certified companies for a fee. Certified companies also will be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website and during association conferences and events.


NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association offers several awards programs:

The Excellence Awards celebrate individual excellence and are presented yearly at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME). 

The NTCA Retirement and Service Recognition Awards recognize managers, employees, officers and directors who have given many valuable years of service to your company, as well as those who are retiring.Order a plaque or pen set to be shipped directly to your office any time throughout the year.

The TeleChoice Awards honors excellence in independent telco public relations and marketing. This award program recognizes the vital role marketing and public relations plays in the telecom industry—keeping customers informed of important issues and raising awareness of products, services and initiatives. The TeleChoice Awards winners are presented at the annual PR & Marketing Conference.   

The newly added Gig Certification program provides the opportunity to those who have deployed gigabit broadband to be recognized as an industry leader.


  • TeleChoice Awards

    Now Accepting Applications

    NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association recognizes the vital role telecom public relations and marketing play in the industry with its annual TeleChoice Awards program. The awards program is open to all NTCA telco members and honors excellence in independent telco public relations and marketing.

    The awards program recognizes work in the following categories:

    • complete branding campaign
    • complete marketing campaign
    • customer newsletter
    • local video content
    • single-target print publication
    • website


    Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 TeleChoice Awards. Please see guidelines for information and requirements.  




    January 30, 2018

    Mailed materials must be received postmarked January 30, 2018.

    All digital materials, entry forms and entry fee payments must be received by January 30, 2018.


    Entry Fee

    Early-bird: $75 per category (received by December 31, 2017)

    Regular: $125 per category (received between January 1, 2018 - January 30, 2018)



    Entry Showcase and Awards Ceremony

    Join us at the 2018 PR & Marketing Conference, April 29 - May 1, in Nashville, TN, to see all the entries submitted for the TeleChoice Awards. The winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony at the conference. In addition, their innovations and best practices will be highlighted throughout the year through a variety of channels and resources including articles, conference sessions, and more.



    Winners Circle

    View a list of winners and their award-winning entries.


    Congratulations to the 2017 TeleChoice Awards Winners





    Contact Us

    For questions about the awards program, contact us at

    For questions about your membership log in information, technical issues with your online payment or online application form, or to make category selection changes, contact us at