Smart Rural Community Showcase Award

The Smart Rural Community (SRC) Showcase Awards are annual awards presented to NTCA members to recognize their extraordinary achievements in promoting rural broadband networks and their broadband-enabled applications in their rural communities. Telcos are awarded based on their ability to demonstrate the use of these technologies through innovative economic development, education, health care, government services, safety and security, and more efficient energy distribution and use.


How are winners selected?

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.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: July  1
Winners Announced: NTCA Fall Conference



SRC Showcase Award Winners

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017



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

Dakota Central Telecommunications (Carrington, N.D.)

Golden Belt Telephone Association, Inc. (Rush Center, Kan.)

GVTC Communications (New Braunfels, Texas)

Hartelco (Hartington, Neb.)

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

Mosaic Telecom (Cameron, Wis.)

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Guymon, Okla.)

Quadro Communications Co-operative, Inc. (Kirkton, Ont., Canada)

Red River Communications (Abercrombie, N.D.)

Totelcom (DeLeon, Texas)

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (Gowrie, Iowa)

West Carolina Tel (Abbeville, S.C.)



Arvig (Melrose, Minn.)

Ben Lomand Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (McMinnville, Tenn.)

Citizens Connected (New Auburn, Wis.)

ComSouth Telecommunications (Hawkinsville, Ga.)

Garden Valley Telephone Co. (Erskine, Minn.)

Home Telephone Co., Inc. (Moncks Corner, S.C.)

Liberty Communications (West Liberty, Iowa)

Mosaic Telecom (Cameron, Wis.)

Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Metter, Ga.)

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

UNITEL, Inc. (Unity, Maine)

West Wisconsin Telcom Cooperative, Inc. (Downsville, Wis.)



Arvig (Perham, Minn.)

Big Bend Telephone Co. (Alpine, Texas)

Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative (Bloomfield, Iowa)

Endeavor Communications (Cloverdale, Ind.)

Lakeland Communications Group (Milltown, Wis.)

Madison Telephone Co. (Staunton, Ill.)

NineStar Connect (Greenfield, Ind.)

Paul Bunyan Communications (Bemidji, Minn.)

Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corp. (Park River, N.D.)

Rainbow Telecommunications Association (Everest, Kan.)

South Slope Cooperative Communications (North Liberty, Iowa)

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



Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (Brainerd, Minn.)

Copper Valley Telecom (Valdez, Alaska)

FTC(Kingstree, S.C.)

HuronTel (Ripley, Ontario, Canada)

North Central Telephone Cooperative (Lafayette, Tenn.)

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (McKee, Ky.)

Premier Communications (Sioux Center, Iowa)

Solarus (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.)

Triangle Communications (Havre, Mont.)

Tri-County Communications Cooperative (Strum, Wis.)

Twin Valley Telephone Co. (Miltonvale, Kan.)

Vernon Telephone Cooperative (Westby, Wis.)

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (Waitsfield, Vt.)



Blue Valley Tele-Communications, Inc. (Home, Kan.)

DRN (Ellendale, N.D.)

ITS Telecom (Indiantown, Fla.)

Mutual Telephone Company (Little River, Kan.)

Nex-Tech Inc. (Hays, Kan.)

Park Region Telephone/Otter Tail Telcom (Underwood, Minn.)

West Central Telephone Association (Sebeka, Minn.)



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