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Who We Are

Rural Broadband USTelecom is the nation's leading trade association representing broadband service providers and suppliers. Our diverse member base ranges from large publicly traded communications corporations to small companies and cooperatives – all providing advanced communications services to markets both urban and rural. Previously known as the United States Telephone Association, we serve as the go-to source for broadband news and industry events.

Our Mission

Broadband technology has enriched the nation’s economy, education, health care and more, driving a higher quality of life for all Americans. As a result of the industry’s commitment to ongoing investment to extend high-speed Internet services and applications, a robust broadband infrastructure is now available coast-to-coast. Our mission at USTelecom is to unite America’s broadband service providers across our membership in the advocacy of pro-investment policies that promote broadband access and expansion, and provide valuable services and platforms to every American.

USTelecom is also committed to providing professional development opportunities and online technical education. In addition, we strive to keep the public informed and updated on the state of the communications marketplace, providing high-quality research and information on the broadband industry. And, through weekly newsletters and strategic CEO memos, our association offers access to invaluable industry resources.

Our Members

USTelecom members, comprised of companies of all sizes – urban and rural, publicly-traded, privately held, and cooperatives – have a long and proud history of serving America’s  communications’ needs. Our member companies have committed a considerable amount of resources and investment to deliver high-speed broadband to U.S. households, and expand service access across the nation. They are also actively engaged in developing and maintaining innovative partnerships to better serve consumers — reducing barriers and building a network infrastructure that encourages and supports broadband connectivity for all Americans. In addition, USTelecom members have long demonstrated their multi-billion commitment to working with minorities, women, service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises, and small businesses — encouraging supplier relationships with minority-owned vendor sources whenever possible that can provide competitive prices, quality and service. 

Our Broadband Commitment

According to data from the National Broadband Map, three-in-four Americans now use broadband at home, while over 98 percent have access to wireless broadband at a speed of at least 6 megabits per second.

The telecom sector has been actively engaged in a number of efforts to advance broadband adoption and expand high-speed Internet to areas across the country. Since 1996, the industry has provided $1.4 trillion toward broadband infrastructure, with investment reaching $78 billion in 2014.

Additionally, Internet traffic in the U.S. has quadrupled in the past five years and is predicted to increase 36 percent over the next five years, due in large part to this massive infrastructure.

Broadband is also yielding a variety of benefits and opportunities in numerous aspects of consumers’ daily lives — from health care and education — to jobs and the environment. Some of the key advantages resulting from broadband’s evolving technology include:

  • Significant health care efficiencies. Faster patient diagnoses, reduced medical errors and decreased patient care costs are just a few examples of how broadband technology is helping to revolutionize the medical arena.
  • Enhanced learning opportunities. Broadband has exponentially fueled American learning opportunities. Educational materials and course instruction, which previously could only be delivered in a classroom environment, can now be accessed online, regardless of geographic location or financial restraints. Broadband-backed programs such as ConnectEd and ConnectHome are also helping transform the classroom experience and digital literacy for millions of students across America.
  • Job growth. According to BLS data on the telecom sector, defined by the Department of Labor as people who work in “telephony, VoIP, cable and satellite television distribution; Internet access; and telecom reselling,” employment grew from 861,500 in December 2014 to 863,400 in March 2015.
  • Environmental benefits. Concerns over global warming, energy usage and global emissions are driving broadband-fueled conservation initiatives. Broadband innovations in Smart Grid technology, telecommuting programs and green energy are a few examples of how the industry is committed to protecting and ensuring a safer environment.