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From improving the nation's infrastructure to securing stable funding and advancing rural development, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is working to build a better broadband future.

Every day small rural broadband providers work hard to deliver vital broadband services that spur innovations in business, education, agriculture, community and telehealth. Their steadfast commitment to serving the communities they call home makes them rural America’s trusted solution providers.

NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield discusses rural broadband infrastructure, USF and RUS.



From Our Blog

Digital Divide #SXSW

First, my profound thanks to my NTCA Texas members for warning me about the shift in traffic from last week’s NTCA meeting to the sheer and total chaos and volume that is SXSW!  Yes, your advance warnings were helpful and ensured that I kept my feet moving to make my way in and out of Austin in time to catch flights…whew!

Tackling Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Technology


We’re out in California right now wrapping up NTCA’s Telecom Executive Forum and my brain is a little bit on overload from the many topics that we found a way to cover at this meeting.  From “hacking” your customer’s brain, to reinventing the consumer experience, to mergers and acquisitions and other interesting business models to the top consumer tech trends to working wonders with wireless (that still needs wires!) to attracting talent to your company to creating a culture of good to ending on the note of looking forward with a preview from our fabulous Futures Task Force group on their work on where the industry will go into the future and how to create a road map.

FirstNet in Rural America – Time for a Real and Public Status Check

When FirstNet was first announced, it offered much promise but there were also many questions about whether and how it would reach rural America.  As NTCA members know all too well, it’s a unique challenge to make the business case for infrastructure investment and ongoing network operations in areas where population densities may be only few people per square mile (or even less).