Who We Are
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs.
In an era of transformative technological advancements, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.
The mission of NTCA is working on behalf of small broadband providers who are working on behalf of rural America.
Our vision is to build a better broadband future for rural America.
In addition to our mission and vision, the following strategies guide our board and staff:
Advocacy and Leadership
Subsidiaries and Related Organizations
Services Management Corporation (SMC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTCA. Established in 1980, SMC provides administrative services for the association’s insurance and benefits programs through contractual relationships with trust committees that are appointed by the NTCA Board to administer the programs. The services SMC provides include claims and benefits administration, data processing and member relations.
NTCA also calls upon four related organizations to better serve our members:
- Formed in 1969, the NTCA Rural Broadband PAC, the association’s political action committee, lends credibility to the government affairs program through modest and judicious campaign contributions to key congressional supporters.
- National Telcom Corporation (NTC), also known as Telcom Insurance Group (TIG), is an association-captive property and casualty insurance company. As a captive, TIG serves only NTCA members and provides opportunities to minimize administrative costs and control losses.
- Communications Supply Service Association (CSSA), a group-purchasing venture formed by individual NTCA members, provides technical services and offers economies of scale in buying telecommunications equipment.
- In 1994, NTCA established the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), a nonprofit foundation, whose mission is to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Located in NTCA headquarters in Arlington, Va., FRS supports rural telecom companies, communities and policymakers with educational information, products and opportunities to increase their community development and involvement.
Leadership and Governance
NTCA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors comprised of employees, directors or members of cooperative or commercial telcos. NTCA staff focus on the strategic areas of concern to rural broadband advocacy, education, communications and outreach.