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Smart Rural Community


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Broadband Enabled. Locally Driven. Globally Connected.





Smart Rural Community (SRC) is an initiative that promotes rural broadband networks and their applications that communities can leverage to foster innovative economic development, commerce, education, health care, government services, public safety and security, and more efficient energy distribution and use. SRC also publishes original research and white papers that investigate issues relating to rural broadband deployment, adoption and use.

Each year, NTCA recognizes communities served by member companies with the title Smart Rural Community during an awards presentation at the Fall Conference.

The Smart Rural Community Collaboration Grant provides resources to rural broadband providers to work with their community to utilize broadband-enabled applications promoted by the SRC initiative.

Becoming a Smart Rural Community grant sponsor ensures increased brand recognition and direct access to both our members and their communities.

Sponsor a Smart Rural Community initiative
for $25,000 over a five-year term ($5,000 per year).


Sponsorship Benefits


  • One ad in Rural Telecom magazine (print, digital, mobile editions) and one tile ad on the SRC website.
  • Recognition at NTCA events as an SRC sponsor.

Brand Visibility

  • Use of SRC logo.
  • Linked to innovation/thought leadership.
  • Sponsor recognition on SRC communications, website, PR and white papers.

Community Service Visibility

  • Directly promote participation in support of rural communities.

Note: Sponsorship funds go directly to the SRC member/community initiative and do not contribute to Star Partner package minimums.


Nonmembers add 20% to all costs in the marketing kit.



Image: Marketing Kit coverFor more information, contact Michele Coleman, manager,
associate engagement, 703-351-2089.

Download the 2017 Marketing Kit