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Every network is different—and so are our solutions. NRTC’s inside plant network engineers work side-by-side with you to determine the services and technologies that will best suit your business and connectivity needs of today and tomorrow. As a co-operative, we do far more than design and build networks; we partner with our members to build lasting infrastructure that enables rural communities to grow and thrive. 

Partnership you can count on

Our role as your trusted advisor is one we cherish. As network engineers, we do the technical heavy-lifting to enable the services—fiber broadband, smart grid connectivity, and more—you plan to offer your community. Part educators, part engineers, we guide you through every decision, offering experienced counsel and ensuring every choice supports your long-term goals and provides the best value to your total cost of ownership.  

Your network will last for generations—it’s our job to ensure that the technologies we deploy today will meet the needs of your community for years to come. 

Network design that gives you choice

Many broadband engineering companies offer quick, formulaic solutions through their vendor of choice. NRTC does not. As a cooperative specializing in rural network builds, we’ve found that cookie-cutter solutions—while often simpler—rarely meet the long-term needs of our members and require expensive updates soon after the initial build. 

Our approach is tailored to suit the specific requirements of your business and community. Our engineers sit at the table with you to discuss your vision and design solutions that bring it to life. We partner with multiple vendors and manufacturers—vetted to meet the highest industry standards—to meet your budget, goals, and connectivity needs. While these decisions take time, the result is a unique network capable of supporting long-term growth. 

The power of integration

NRTC’s network engineers work in conjunction with all departments, providing holistic support from feasibility through deployment. Working together, we’re able to coordinate our efforts to design and deliver the best outcomes for our members and their communities.  In the end, what you get is more than a well-designed network. Our greatest value lies in helping you build a lasting business—one that positions your community for long-term success. 


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Commission Splits Over “Reasonable and Timely” Portion of Section 706 Report

During its monthly agenda meeting, the FCC ruled that broadband services are not reaching Americans in “a reasonable and timely fashion,” in its first Section 706 progress report in three years. It was a partisan 3-2 vote. In the same document, the FCC also raised the broadband benchmark to 100 Mpbs downstream/20 Mbps upstream to match the requirements of federal broadband funding programs.

Annual Meeting Themes: Increased Competition and Possible AI Futures

NRTC CEO Tim Bryan and Board Chairman Jimmy Todd both focused their remarks on the rising level of competition for rural providers. They discussed ways that NRTC assists members facing competition, such as business feasibility evaluation, network design and construction, marketing, customer service and many others. During the meetings for telephone members in Tampa and for electric members in San Antonio, Bryan also shared financial results for a successful 2023. Todd announced the results of the 2024 Board Elections. The meeting also featured a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

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.

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