The Rural Broadband Council is an independent operating unit of the Utilities Technology Council that is dedicated to promoting opportunities for utilities to bring robust, reliable and affordable broadband services to rural America. The RBC was formed as a home for utilities that are actively offering broadband or interested in doing so to the customers that they serve. These utilities are uniquely positioned to offer broadband because they have extensive communications networks and other infrastructure that can be leveraged to provide broadband to areas that are currently unserved or underserved by other commercial service providers.
The RBC members recognize that broadband is essential to economic growth in today’s economy, and it is essential for education and social interaction in the Internet era. Not only is it important for rural America to have access to broadband, but it must be robust, reliable and affordable too.

The Rural Broadband Council:

  • Promotes opportunities for broadband funding for rural utilities, and won a huge victory last year by carving-out opportunities for utilities to access funding through the Connect America Fund, where utilities applied to provide Rural Broadband Experiments. That win prevented ILECs from taking all of the available money for themselves, and positions utilities to be able to compete with the ILECs for the money that is available in those areas where they applied to provide rural broadband experiments.
  • Educates and informs members through newsletters, webinars and case studies/whitepapers. The RBC will be holding more workshops and webinars this year so that utilities will gain valuable information that will help them successfully offer broadband services.
  • Enables networking with utilities on ways to provide broadband to rural America. In addition to events like the workshops and webinars, the RBC is also using an online platform, “Networks” to help utilities network with each other and share information.

If your utility serves rural areas, consider joining RBC and help lead this important infrastructure evolution.   Membership in RBC is free to all UTC core utility members. Associate membership in the RBC is also available to equipment manufacturers and other companies that support utility broadband.

For more information or to join, please contact