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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.


Most Recent Event

The Foundation for Rural Service and Smart Rural Community Present
"Rural Health at a Digital Crossroads: Improving Care with Telehealth Technologies"
A Seminar and Demonstration
December 15, 2016, 
Westin Washington, D.C. City Center

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8:30 a.m. –Doors Open
9:00–11:30 a.m.–Program
11:30–1:00 p.m.–Vendor demonstration and Networking

Take part in this half day session immediately following the Telecom Executive Policy Summit that addresses rural health care issues, including telemedicine applications and network security, and participate in technology demonstrations with telehealth developers and vendors.

Who Should Attend:

  • TEPS conference attendees
  • NTCA members
  • Associate members
  • Policymakers
  • Telehealth solution providers

RSVP by December 6 by calling 703-351-2026 or sending an email to

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


Smart Rural Community is
supported by
Mapcom Systems