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Awards & Recognition Programs

 

GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA


CRITERIA

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

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

  • Certification that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% percent of the exchange, and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities.

  • 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.
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    PROCESS

    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.

     

    FEES

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

     

    BENEFITS

    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.

     

     

    Be Recognized as an Industry Leader in Gigabit Broadband

    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.



    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.
    Here’s How:
  • Review the certification guidelines and download the application.

  • Submit your application to NTCA.

  • 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 be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events.)

  • Join us as we display the innovation and insight of Gig-Capable Providers all over the country.
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    www.ntca.org/GigCertified
    Get started today!

     

    Contact Us

    Questions about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification may be directed to GigCertified@ntca.org.

     

     

    NTCA Awards Program

     

    NTCA is proud to present the NTCA National Awards. Nominate your colleagues and employees for an award to recognize their outstanding personal and professional accomplishments. The NTCA awards program represents the association's highest recognition of accomplishments within the industry.

    New for 2016 are two award categories: Management Innovation and Outstanding Marketing Achievement.

    Nomination Guidelines
    • Only one individual per category, per company may be nominated.
    • Previous nominees who did not win a national award in years past may be nominated again.
    • Winners of the NTCA National Awards will be recognized and presented with the awards during the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO.
    Nomination Procedures
    • Click here to download the single nomination form for all of the award categories.
    • Nominations must be submitted and e-mailed to membership@ntca.org by August 15, 2015.
    • Please provide the following for the corresponding award along with the completed nomination form. No additional supporting documents are required/accepted:
      • Associate Member Outstanding Achievement:
        • Please list your nominee’s contributions to the telecommunications industry.
        • Please state, in 500 words or less, why you believe your nominee is deserving of this recognition.
      • Heroism:
        • Please state, in 500 words or less, why you believe your nominee is deserving of this recognition.
      • Key Employee:
        • Please list your nominee’s contributions to your company.
        • Please state, in 500 words or less, why you believe your nominee is deserving of this recognition.
      • Life Achievement (Director, Manager):
        • Please list your nominee’s specific achievements and contributions to your telecommunications company and others where he/she has worked or been a director/manager.
        • Please state, in 500 words or less, why you believe your nominee deserves this recognition.
      • Management Innovation:
        • Please list your nominee’s specific achievement(s) during his/her tenure.
        • Please state in 500 words or less, why you believe your nominee deserves this recognition.
      • Outstanding Marketing Achievement:
        • Please list your nominee’s specific achievement(s) during his/her tenure.
        • Please state in 500 words or less, why you believe your nominee deserves this recognition.
      • Special Achievement:
        • Please list any above and beyond efforts that your nominee has exhibited, not related to your company.
        • Please state, in 500 words or less, why you believe your nominee deserves this recognition. 
    Awards Procedures
    • The NTCA Awards Committee selects the winners of the National Awards at the Fall Conference.
    • Winners will be invited to the VIP Reception held at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO, be listed in the meeting app, and recognized via Silver Screen slide.
    • The committee determines the winners based upon the materials submitted.

     

    Questions? Contact NTCA membership at membership@ntca.org or 703-351-2118.

    Awards and Recognition Programs


    NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association offers several awards programs:

    The National Awards celebrate individual excellence and are presented yearly at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME). There are two new award categories for 2016.

    The NTCA Retirement and Service Recognition Awards recognizes managers, employees, officers and directors who have given several years of service to your company, as well as those who are retiring. View more about these awards.

    The annual 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—from connecting with customers, to keeping customers informed of important issues and raising awareness of products, services and initiatives. The TeleChoice Awards entries are on display, and winners are presented at the annual PR & Marketing Conference.  

    National Awards

    Retirement and Service Recognition Awards


    Retirement and Service Recognition Awards


    Honor Your Colleagues

    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.  

    Three types of awards are available to order at any time throughout the year:

    Retirement Recognition Pen Set: Pen sets recognizing individuals who are retiring.

    Certificate Plaque: Insert your own 8-1/2” x 11” certificate into this walnut plaque.

    Service Recognition Plaque: Personalized plaques for individuals who are celebrating a work anniversary serving your company. These plaques can now be ordered for any number of years of service and can also be purchased for individuals who are retiring.

    We’ve listened to your feedback and have redesigned the Service Recognition Plaques to better fit your needs. These plaques will now include your own company name or logo at the top, as well as the NTCA logo, so that you can more personally recognize the contributions your board members and employees have made to your company over the years.

    NEW: Further customization options are now available for the service plaques, such as personalized text or a date range for years of service (i.e. 1970-2015). Just place the plaque in your cart and note your custom requests in the Order Notes text box. Customized plaques will require an additional small set-up fee. Awardee name and number of years of service are standard options and will not require an additional fee.

    Order your awards today or at any time throughout the year. They’ll be shipped directly to your office. Our Merchandise Mart’s timely shipping allows you to present your honorees with their awards from the comfort of your hometown during any of your company’s functions or events.

    Please note that we will no longer be presenting awards at our Regional Conferences. Any awards you order will be shipped directly to your office.

    Please feel free to contact our member services department at membership@ntca.org with any questions.