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Building a FTTx, wireless, or smart grid network is a generational investment in your community. It’s also a massive undertaking—one you want done right. With industry-leading tools and decades of experience, NRTC is the partner you can lean on to design and deploy a network capable of supporting long-term growth. 


Poor planning can be expensive. We begin every design project with a scoping and field collection process to ensure we have accurate network and in-field services data for the fiber design. This data is then imported into our industry-leading GIS platform, which informs the entire lifecycle of your project.  

From initial design through construction and deployment, all parties have access to the same electronic map and data to boost transparency and build efficiency. This enables true construction oversight, where members can manage and modify contractor behavior in real time, course-correct on the fly, and ensure the final product is built to spec. Our GIS tool also enables us to automate repetitive processes, reducing human error and shortening timelines while maintaining quality. 


Every network is different, yet too much customization on a large-scale project can grossly inflate your budget and your timeline. NRTC’s time-tested approach strikes the balance between a standardized, highly scalable process and one that incorporates the unique needs of your community. Expect a highly collaborative experience where we work together to design a network that offers the best value for your total cost of ownership. 


Let our expert analysts handle your permitting needs.

Large-scale network builds pass through many hands. We’re not just designers; we’re your construction partners, accommodating changes where needed and ensuring your network is built to spec. 

The design process is fully integrated with our feasibility, procurement, and construction and project management departments. Working together, we’re able to coordinate our efforts to ensure your project is completed on time, on budget, and according to design. Our role as trusted partner and advisor is one, we take seriously, and you can count on us to help you lay a foundation that will support your community’s growth well into the future. 


Why Choose NRTC?

There are many providers out there who can help you develop, deploy and maintain your broadband network. But NRTC is different.

We understand that every network is unique, and there is no “one-size fits all” solution. We don’t have a specific network we’re trying to sell—we help you explore all available options to understand the potential effects each one can have on your business.

What’s more, NRTC is organized as a cooperative. That means that we are not driven by profit, but rather the long-term success of our members.


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