You are here

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. We serve as the go-to source for broadband news and industry events.

Our Mission

Broadband technology is the primary foundation for modern communications, providing essential services that enable the nation’s economy, education, health care, government and daily life for all Americans. A robust broadband infrastructure is now available coast-to-coast, thanks ongoing investment to extend high-speed Internet services and applications. USTelecom strives to unite the broad base of members that provide U.S. consumers with these vital services in advocating for pro-investment policies. USTelecom provides professional development opportunities and online technical education in addition to keeping the public informed and updated on the state of the communications marketplace. Through meetings, weekly newsletters and strategic CEO memos, the 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 distinguished history of serving America’s  communications’ needs. USTelecom brings members together in partnerships that build new pathways to better serve consumers — by reducing barriers to investment and building a network infrastructure that encourages and supports broadband connectivity for all Americans. 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, broadband technology is available to nearly all the U.S. population, and wired broadband services to 96 percent of Americans. USTelecom members provide the foundational network backhaul services that support all broadband communications from ground to cloud, enabling communications on a host of mobile devices and serving core business communications needs.  Significant levels of investment enable the communications infrastructure that wires America, with USTelecom members contributing billions each year. Since 1996, the entire broadband industry has provided $1.4 trillion toward broadband infrastructure, with investment reaching $78 billion in 2014. These investments are vital to support the massive levels of Internet traffic that are projected to increase 36 percent over the next five years.

Broadband yields enormous benefits in consumers’ daily lives — from health care and education — to jobs and the environment:

  • 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.

Learn how to join USTelecom to take advantage of our membership benefits. We represent all providers large and small and look forward to serving you.

Click here to see a list of USTelecom members.