Planning

Great results can only come from sound beginnings 

We know a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work for our members. The technology path that works for one member may not be right for another. We also know that planning is essential when making significant, often generational, technology investments.

Our Broadband Feasibility Studies, Smart Grid Technology Planning and Funding Services are customized for each member based on your realities – service area, financial situation, current infrastructure, demographics and competitive environment.

The result is a meaningful analysis that empowers you make sound decisions. Our experienced team takes the time to review options with you, make recommendations and develop a technology approach that’s best for you.

Planning also helps you see how all the pieces fit together and figure out what’s next. When you build a broadband network, how can it benefit future smart grid applications? When you deploy a mobile voice and data service, what does it mean for your broadband subscriber base?

We see the big picture, and we take the long view because we that’s what a partner should do.

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Project to Bring Broadband to Rural Vermont Wins Grants

Two grants totaling more than $16 million to support broadband construction projects. Most of the support – $15,899,089 – goes to the Communications Union District serving the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) to carry on a project connecting 45 rural towns in three counties to fiber broadband. 

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How We Help Our Members Plan Their Projects

Pivot Joins Forces With CrowdFiber for Full Broadband Labeling Suite

Two NRTC companies, Pivot and CrowdFiber announced that they are working together to provide a full suite of Broadband Consumer Labels services. Pivot will add employee training and regulatory consulting services to the label generating and archiving system CrowdFiber developed last year. ISPs are required to display labels with broadband service data beginning in 2024. NRTC demonstrated Broadband Consumer Labels at its RTIME booth in Tampa.

Current Funding Opportunities

Federal and State governments are unleashing a tidal wave of grant funding programs to bridge the digital divide. Our funding experts can help you build a competitive, sustainable, low-risk business plan to win funding and provide a better life for your community.

NTCA and Other Groups Seek Rural Broadband Tax Relief

Groups representing rural broadband providers are urging House and Senate Committees considering tax legislation to pass the proposed “Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act,” which would make grants from Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) and other federal programs nontaxable income. They are asking legislators to attach the broadband provisions to the more comprehensive “Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act,” which the House Ways and Means Committee passed last week.

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