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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

Fall 2018


  • How Wellness Works at Local Telcos
  • The Video Conundrum: To Offer or Not to Offer?
  • DIY Rural Economic Development


Special Section: Telecom Business

Feature Stories

How Wellness Works at Local Telcos

While “work-life balance” remains elusive for many people, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association member companies are shining examples of how to incorporate employee health and happiness into a successful business plan. Learn what four member broadband providers are doing to promote wellness among their workers.

The Video Conundrum: To Offer or Not to Offer?

Video services are unprofitable and video take rates are declining while broadband margins and take rates remain strong. Still, the reports of video’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Most customers want video, and most telcos offer video service if their networks are robust enough.

DIY Rural Economic Development

The small towns and regions that boast rural broadband companies have a distinct advantage when it comes to economic development: the broadband companies themselves. Not only are these providers capable of creating wired and wireless connections, they’re uniquely positioned to exercise a little do-it-yourself  economic development by connecting people, resources and opportunities.


Telecom Business

Solution providers share their insights on challenges telcos are facing from pushing your boundaries with partnerships to managed Wi-Fi services.


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.

Write for Rural Telecom

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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