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

FCC Hopes to Kick-start Sat/Cell Connections

The FCC hopes that setting a regulatory framework for future satellite/cellular communications will prompt innovation and a variety of new services carried seamlessly over multiple networks. It unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at flexible rules and rapid authorizations. Earlier this week, SpaceX said that it will begin testing a sat/cellular service over its second-generation Starlink satellites, as it announced last summer with T-Mobile.

NRTC Annual Meeting 2023

NRTC held its annual meeting for electric members in conjunction with the NRECA PowerXchange conference and TechAdvantage Expo, March 5, 2023. Meeting highlights included a recognition of retiring NRTC board members; announcement of 2023 board election results; Board Chairman Tim Mergen’s report, and CEO Tim Bryan’s report.

Long-term Directors Step Down From NRTC Board

NRTC, during its annual meeting in Nashville, gave special recognition to three departing board members: Tim Mergen of Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association in Minnesota; Bob Hance of Midwest Energy Cooperative in Michigan and George Kitchens, who recently retired from Joe Wheeler EMC in Alabama. Each received a commemorative vase marking the occasion, and NRTC is donating to each former board member’s favorite causes.

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