Member Driven.
Technology Focused.

We help members deliver advanced technology solutions across rural America.


Evaluating, designing and building broadband networks to meet member needs 

We help you deliver fast, reliable broadband to all your customers—no matter how remote. From technology evaluation to business modeling, right through construction and daily operations, you get the right model for providing high-speed service. Let us worry about managing complicated back-office systems like cloud storage, email servers and security. Our team takes care of the technology while you take care of your customers. 

managed services

Providing the tools and resources to maximize our members’ efficiency

Operations, billing, and customer care are vital for success. Many of our members are jumping into telecommunications for the first time, and we understand just how much work it takes to prepare for and successfully operate telecommunications networks. There are a multitude of things a new operator must manage, and we are here to help. Leverage our expert personnel and leading-edge products and services so your team can focus on taking care of your customers, improving your network, and growing your business. 

smart grid

Building a reliable, efficient, next-generation power system in rural America

With improved communication thanks to a faster flow of data with advanced metering infrastructures (AMI), you’ll know how and where your customers are using electricity. This knowledge reduces outages, gets power back online faster when outages do occur, and helps you run a more efficient utility. We can make life easier for everyone from the linemen in the field to technicians remotely monitoring systems to the manager planning deployment. Let us help you build the best network for your service territory, with demand management features, advanced analytics, and advanced, next-generation energy capabilities. 


Blazing fast data and voice service from coast to coast

Our members provide advanced mobile service in many very remote parts of the nation. These rural providers are serving their communities efficiently and affordably without having to build a single mile of wireless infrastructure, providing their customers top-notch smartphone and tablet use. Our turnkey private label Mobile Virtual Network Operator makes this possible. And our experienced wireless team means you’ll also get excellent and flexible back-office support.

REC Broadband benchmarking report

We asked electric cooperatives about their broadband deployments

Here is what we learned.

Since NRTC published its first REC broadband benchmarking report in 2020, the number of electric co-ops stepping up to bridge
the broadband divide has continued to grow.

For our newest report, NRTC and NRECA collaborated to expand the scope of this data, now including 88 members, and the topics covered. The reports’ goal continues to be to catalog our members’ results to help cooperatives that are evaluating broadband.


The Latest News and Events

Old Conflict Returns: With a Full FCC, Net Neutrality Debate Is Back

FCC Chairwoman Jessical Rosenworcel has circulated a draft document to reinstate net neutrality rules and Title II regulation of the internet, which were repealed in 2017 by the previous FCC. The swearing in of Anna Gomez to the Commission on Monday broke a two and a half year 2-2 tie and appears to open a clear path to reinstatement. However, some believe applying Title II to internet communications ultimately will not survive Supreme Court review.

FCC Restarting 5G Fund Effort, But No Reverse Auction Date in Sight

Yesterday the FCC restarted the stalled momentum behind its 5G Fund, a program it began three years ago to expand mobile broadband coverage into unserved rural areas. It adopted rules in 2020 but decided not to set a date for reverse auctions to distribute funds until it had finished developing a more detailed National Broadband Map. With a more detailed map now completed, the FCC is still not ready to set an auction date, but instead is considering additional 5G Fund eligibility rules to clarify the rules it set in 2020.

$102.4 Billion Is Highest Broadband Capex in 21 Years, USTelecom Says

USTelecom recently released its 2022 Broadband Capex Report finding that broadband providers invested $102.4 billion in construction of broadband connections last year. That was the highest expenditure since 2001, according to the report. The association collected data from major carriers, but not from small telcos, electric co-ops, or satellite providers. The report estimates those entities would amount to “no less than $2 billion” in additional capex.

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