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2016 Showcase Award—Application deadline: June 24

Applications for the 2016 Smart Rural Community Showcase award program are now available. NTCA members are encouraged to apply for the awards, which will be announced at the NTCA Fall Conference.

Please see the application and FAQs for additional information.

What Is Smart Rural Community?®

Smart Rural Community is an initiative of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. Smart Rural Community comprises programming relating to and promoting rural broadband networks and their broadband-enabled applications that communities can leverage to foster innovative economic development, commerce, education, health care, government services, public safety and security and more efficient energy distribution and use. Smart Rural Community hosts educational events for communications and non-communications professionals, including government policy-makers; administers an award program that invites and reviews applications of rural broadband providers for certification and recognition; and provides resources to rural broadband providers to assist their achievement of goals promoted by Smart Rural Community. Smart Rural Community also publishes original research and white papers that investigate issues relating to rural broadband deployment, adoption and use.

NTCA Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge

2016 Winners

Consolidated Telecommunications Company
Brainerd, Minn. 

Copper Valley Telecom
Valdez, Alaska

Triangle Communications, Inc.
Havre, Mont.

View 2015 winners

View Collaboration Challenge Guidelines

View Collaboration Challenge FAQs

Smart Rural Community Initiative Goes to the White House

NTCA Members Convene With White House Rural Council

Busy Week In Washington: NTCA Members Celebrate Smart Rural Communities at White House Event

White House event in photos


2015 Smart Rural Community Showcase Awards

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.


2015 Trailblazers

Ben Lomand, McMinnville, Tenn.

EATEL, Gonzales, La.

Garden Valley Telephone Co., Erskine, Minn.

GRM Networks, Princeton, Mo.

Mosaic Telecom, Cameron, Wisc.

Sandhill Telephone Cooperative, Jefferson, S.C.

Unitel, Unity, Maine


2015 Special Recognition Award

ComSouth Telecommunications
Hawkinsville, Ga.
Special Recognition: Education


View 2014 Award Winners

View 2013 Award Winners

For additional information, please contact Joshua Seidemann (, 703-351-2035).

Smart Rural Community is
supported by

Mapcom Systems