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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 2019


  • Starting a Rural Broadband [R]evolution at RTIME
  • Outlook 2019
    • Legislative: A Changing Landscape
    • Regulatory: Are We There Yet


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

Starting a Rural Broadband [R]evolution at RTIME

Technology is dramatically changing the world, and rural broadband companies are at the forefront. It’s no secret that technology is changing the landscape of how we communicate, with growing demand creating new opportunities and challenges to the way we do business.

Legislative: A Changing Landscape

2018 was a busy year for the telecommunications industry in Washington—including seven congressional hearings at which NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association staff and members testified, as well as numerous other panels and events featuring NTCA staff. This beehive of activity contributed to both a heightened focus on and increased resources for broadband deployment across the country.

Regulatory: Are We There Yet

The USF program has been the subject of reform for more than a decade. Starting in 2008 and continuing through 2016, the FCC considered (and reconsidered) how to reorient USF for a broadband world. Unfortunately, much of the early focus centered upon how to deliver minimal levels of broadband to unserved areas, ignoring both the need to sustain existing networks and the fact that networks must evolve to keep pace with user demand. For smaller operators, many
of these changes unfortunately translated to new cuts, caps and constraints on USF support as the commission looked to provide “better incentives” for investment and operations and to funnel money toward unserved areas.


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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.