SRC Collaboration Challenge

Collaboration Challenge

Winners are announced at the NTCA Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo (RTIME).

The Smart Rural Community®  (SRC) Collaboration Challenge is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. Matching-fund obligations require local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.

Published July 2016

Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge Report

The SRC Collaboration Challenge funds have supported broadband access for financially challenged students in Alaska; telehealth equipment for hospice patients in Minnesota; job training access on tribal lands in Montana; a network of community Wi-Fi across several towns in Vermont; and other applications.


Congratulations to the 2018 Grant Recipients

Consolidated Telecommunications Co.  (Brainerd, Minn.)
Project: Enable a full classroom to experience virtual reality (VR) tours of distant significant sites, scientific endeavors, and natural resources.
Type: technology, education, economic development

GRM Networks (Princeton, Mo.)
Project: Support a business incubator facility designed to train area high school students in business development; the facility will be staffed by senior citizen volunteers.
Type: technology, education, economic development, aging in place

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Guymon, Okla.)
Project: installation of an HD surveillance and security system at a 32-acre public park; the system will also support public WiFi access.
Type: technology, community development, economic development

Star Communications (Clinton, N.C.)
Project: Support the implementation of digital literacy and interactive learning programs for pre-K students at a local preschool and day care center.
Type: technology, education

Past Collaboration Challenge Grant Recipients



Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Metter, GA)
Award: $4,882.90
Project: Support a public Wi-Fi network in a central park area of the community.
technology, community development, economic development

SkyLine Membership Corp.
(West Jefferson, NC)
Award: $5,000
Project: Support the installation of high definition, night vision cameras that enable remote monitoring of a memory-care unit in an assisted living facility in order to ensure patient safety and prevent residents from leaving the premises.
Type: technology, telehealth, aging in place

Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (Brainerd, MN)
Award: $1,723
Project: Supporting MakerSpace for “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts and music) in four public schools. SRC will match funds for the purchase of computer equipment and accessories.
Type: technology, education

Copper Valley Telecom (Valdez, AK)
Award: $2,180
Project: Supporting a Prince William Sound College (PWSC) continuing education course to teach basic computer skills for older residents and others unfamiliar with basic computer technology. SRC will match funds donated by Copper Valley and PWSC.
Type: technology, education, economic development

Triangle Communications, Inc. (Havre, MT)
Award: $5,000
Project: Supporting a tribal-owned economic development agency with establishment of a virtual workplace suite and training center to provide educational resources and training for call center and telework industries.
Type: technology, education, economic development


Copper Valley Telecom (Valdez, AK) 
Award: $5,000
Project: Partnered with the Copper River School District to provide DSL scholarships that enable increased participation in the district’s online learning program. 
Type: technology, education

Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association (Brandon, MN)
Award: $5,000
Project: Partnered with Knute Nelson Home Care and Hospice to install wireless Mi-Fi systems that enable vital-sign monitoring and social connectivity for underserved patients.
Type: technology, telehealth, aging in place

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (Waitsfield, VT)
Award: $5,000
Project: Partnered which is partnering with local business leaders to provide a downtown Wi-Fi network to more than 100 local businesses.
Type: technology, community development, economic development