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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 recently redesigned flagship publication is a valuable member benefit—providing unique information and relevant perspectives to service providers leading innovation in rural and small-town America.




Current Issue

Winter 2018


  • Less Talk, More Action
  • No Rest for the Weary; No Time To Be Weary
  • It’s Time for RTIME
  • Product Previews


Product Previews

Our special product previews highlight companies exhibiting at the Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & EXPO (RTIME), February 25–28, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Find out about the latest products and  services that you can explore during the show, and consult the previews as a resource the rest of the year.

Feature Stories

Winter 2018, Feature

Less Talk, More Action

The drive to pass major tax reform legislation, possibly an infrastructure bill in its wake, and perhaps even changes to health care laws after numerous attempts will dominate Capitol Hill in 2018, leaving little room for work on major telecom legislation. However, smaller efforts to affect telecom law and policy, including some initiated by NTCA, could move alone or as part of a larger, higher-profile bill.

Winter 2018, Feature

No Rest for the Weary; No Time To Be Weary

The current FCC has not shied away from juggling multiple conversations at once in the interest of moving forward, and it did take some substantial actions in 2017 to address key regulatory priorities. There is no indication that 2018 will be any different with respect to the pace of activity or the issues to tackle.

Winter 2018, Feature

It’s Time for RTIME

The Rural Telecom Industry Meeting & Expo (RTIME), the largest conference of the rural telecom industry, is many things: a time of celebration, a time of preparation and a time of tradition. It’s also a time for rural providers to come together and discuss investing in broadband.


Advertising on Rural Telecom allows your brand to reach key employees and executives of rural service providers throughout the country who are passionate about innovative strategies and insights on technology and issues facing rural broadband today.

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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.

All accepted articles will be edited for style, spelling and grammar. Other changes may be made to clarify points, improve readability or conform to space limitations. A publication contract must be signed before the article goes through the production process.




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.

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