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About Rural Telecom

Rural Telecom is an award-winning quarterly magazine for small independent rural service providers to discover and share innovative strategies and insights on technology, business issues, management, marketing and customer service facing rural broadband today.

Established in 1981 by NTCA, the flagship publication is a valuable member benefit. A one-year print subscription provides unique information and relevant perspectives to service providers leading innovation in rural and small-town America.

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Current Issue

Spring 2019


  • Building a Brighter Future for Rural America
  • Racing to Meet the Speed Testing Deadline
  • RTIME 2019 Charts a Revolutionary Course for Rural Broadband


Committed to Your Success


CHR Solutions is the leading provider of B/OSS software solutions, Engineering, and Managed IT and NOC services that address the operational and marketplace challenges faced by today’s CSPs. Whether you are looking to build a broadband network; upgrade your billing, facilities, and customer management software; or need assistance internally with your IT networks and security, CHR provides solutions to keep you one step ahead of the competition. Our team of industry experts help companies grow revenue and improve operations.


Feature Stories

Building a Brighter Future for Rural America

Seven years ago, NTCA launched the Smart Rural Community (SRC) program to promote member achievements, offer grants for innovative pilots and create educational programming that could benefit those in the rural broadband industry. As the program continues to evolve, we highlight the dedication of the SRC Showcase Award winners—the members who best exemplify rural broadband innovation—and the way they have advanced their communities.

Racing to Meet the Speed Testing Deadline

Beginning in the third quarter of 2019, providers must follow a detailed testing and reporting protocol to measure speed and latency between customer premises and one of 16 approved internet exchange points. We talk to equipment vendors and rural broadband providers to find out how they’re tackling the challenge of meeting the FCC’s deadline.

RTIME 2019 Charts a Revolutionary Course for Rural Broadband

Themed “Revolution,” this year’s iteration of NTCA’s annual RTIME featured not only several new elements—including an updated EXPO and EXPO Live!, off-site regional caucus meetings, and anniversary celebrations for both the Foundation for Rural Service and the NTCA Rural Broadband PAC—but also an appearance by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who took part in a “fireside chat” with NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield.


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Rural Telecom strives to deliver informative, creative and engaging content and perspectives on telecom technology and business matters such as marketing, legislation and management issues. We invite you to submit an article for an upcoming issue.

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Contact the Editor

Editor: Christian Hamaker

Statements of opinion and fact are the individual views of the authors and not necessarily the positions of its company, officers, directors, members or staff, and NTCA.