The SRC Collaboration Challenge is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. It encourages collaboration among community leaders to provide the best technologies. Allocated through fund-matching obligations in the program, it requires local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.
How are grants awarded?
Applicants must be a current NTCA telco member to eligible. Applications are reviewed by the SRC Advisory Council. Chairs of the NTCA Associate Member Advisory Council and the Innovation and Business Opportunity Committee solicit their respective members to participate in the review and scoring process. Although the review process is overseen by NTCA staff, NTCA staff does not score applications.
The process is configured to ensure that each application is evaluated by at least two panels of reviewers. Reviewers are divided into two or more teams. Representatives of non-telecom industries are distributed among the teams to ensure that each review panel features non-telecom experts. Each application is typically reviewed by ten or more different individuals. NTCA provider members that have submitted or otherwise participated in the preparation of an application are disqualified from reviewing any applications; Associate Members of NTCA that have participated in the preparation of an application are disqualified from reviewing the application in whose preparation they assisted, but may score other applications.
2016 Collaboration Challenge Grant Recipients
Consolidated Telecommunications Company
Copper Valley Telecom
Triangle Communications, Inc.
Past Collaboration Challenge Recipients
View 2015 winners
Joshua Seidemann, email@example.com or (703) 351-2035