Promoting Rural Broadband Networks and Applications

Smart Rural CommunitiesSM  Are Building a Brighter Future for Small Town America

From the Pacific Ocean to Georgia’s coastal plains, a nationwide effort is underway to bring high-speed internet to small-town America. Rural broadband providers are taking lead to bring advanced digital infrastructure to the regions and the people they serve. Their goal? To enhance quality of life by creating Smart Rural Communities, which utilize a robust fiber network to jumpstart economic growth and improve access to first-rate education, healthcare, and government services.

Join the Network

NTCA members that achieve certain network and service standards can apply to become a SRC Smart Rural Community Provider™ and join the national network of innovative rural broadband providers building smarter rural communities. 


National Recognition

The annual SRC Showcase Awards are presented to NTCA members to recognize their extraordinary achievements in promoting rural broadband networks and applications in rural communities. Awards are based on the demonstrated use of these technologies to support innovative economic development, education, health care, and other vital public functions.



The SRC Grant 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.


Congratulations to Our Smart Rural Community ProvidersSM

  • Albany Mutual Telephone Association (Albany, MN)
  • Alpine Communications, (Elkader, IA)
  • Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (ATMC; Shallotte, NC)
  • BEK Communications Cooperative (Steele, ND)
  • Ben Lomand Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (McMinnville, TN)
  • Big Bend Telephone Co., Inc. (Alpine, TX)
  • Buckland Telephone Company (Buckland, OH)
  • Cascade Communications Company (Cascade, IA)
  • Central Texas Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Goldthwaite, TX)
  • Chariton Valley (Macon, MO)
  • Citizens Telephone Cooperative (New Auburn, WI)
  • Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company (Clear Lake, IA)
  • Cochrane Cooperative Telephone Company (Cochrane, WI)
  • Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Santa Anna, TX)
  • Consolidated Telcom (Dickinson, ND)
  • Consolidated Telephone Company (Brainerd, MN)
  • Cunningham Telephone Company, Inc. (Glen Elder, KS)
  • Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative (Ellendale, ND)
  • DTC Communications (Alexandria, TN)
  • Dumont Telephone Company (Dumont, IA)
  • Emily Cooperative Telephone Co. (Emily, MN)
  • Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (Bellingham, MN)
  • Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (Stanton, IA)
  • Federated Telephone Cooperative (Chokio, MN)
  • Green Hills Communications (Breckenridge, MO)
  • GRM Networks (Princeton, MO)
  • Kalona Cooperative Technology Co. (Kalona, IA)
  • KanOkla Networks (Caldwell, KS)
  • Liberty Communications (West Liberty, IA)
  • Livingston Telephone Company (Bedford, NH)
  • Madison Telephone Co. (Staunton, IL)
  • Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Co. (Elk Horn, IA)
  • Mountain Telephone (West Liberty, KY)
  • Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Guymon, OK)
  • Paul Bunyan Communications (Bemidji, MN)
  • Pembroke Telephone Company (Pembroke, GA)
  • Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (McKee, KY)
  • Polar Communications (Park River, ND)
  • Premier Communications (Sioux Center, IA)
  • Rainbow Telecommunications Association, Inc. (Everest, KS)
  • The Rye Telephone Company (Bedford, NH)
  • Shawnee Communications (Equality, IL)
  • South Central Telephone Association Inc. (Medicine Lodge, KS)
  • South Park Telephone (Hartsel, CO)
  • Surry Telephone Membership Corporation (Dobson, NC)
  • Taylor Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (Merkel, TX)
  • Thacker-Grigsby Telephone Company, Inc. (Hindman, KY)
  • ToledoTel (Toledo, WA)
  • Tri-County Communications Cooperative (Strum, WI)
  • Tri-County Telephone Membership Corporation (Belhaven, NC)
  • United Communications (Langdon, ND)
  • UNITEL, Inc. (Unity, ME)
  • Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (Gowrie, IA)
  • West River Telecommunications Cooperative (Hazen, ND)
  • Wiatel-Western Iowa Telecom (Lawton, IA)
  • Wilkes Communications (Wilkesboro, NC)
  • Wittenberg Telephone Company (Wittenberg, WI)
  • Yucca Telecom (Portales, NM)


Advisory Council

The Smart Rural Communities Advisory Council (SRCAC) supports the SRC initiative by providing the technical and business expertise essential to the implementation of the program. The SRCAC includes representatives from the communications, power utility, education, agriculture, public safety, health care and rural economic development industries. Certain NTCA member committees, as well as one NTCA staff liaison, are also represented on the council.


Current Members
  • NTCA Associate Member Advisory Council (Chair)
  • NTCA Innovation and Business Opportunity (Chairs)
  • NTCA Marketing Committee (Chair)
  • Mapcom Systems
  • National Information Solutions Cooperative
  • National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
  • Plus One Strategic Communications
  • Citizens Connected (SRC Alumni Representative, 2016)
  • Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (SRC Alumni Representative, 2014)
  • Madison Telephone Co. (SRC Alumni Representative, 2015)
  • Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (SRC Alumni Representative, 2014)


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