I am grateful for my rural upbringing. It has challenged me to be a responsible, hardworking, independent individual. It has taught me patience and compassion for other living beings, and it has instilled in me a sense of a community pride...."
Holly Lynne Bridges
- FRS College Scholarship Winner

About FRS

Our Mission

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues.

Our Vision

To harness the power of the rural communications industry to enrich lives in America. 

Who We Are and What We Do

Established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) by NTCA in 1994, FRS plays a unique role within the telecommunications industry, supporting rural telecom companies, communities and policymakers with educational information, products and opportunities to increase their community development and involvement. 

FRS provides a variety of programs, ranging from youth-based initiatives and educational materials to consumer awareness and rural economic development. To fulfill its mission, FRS develops and disseminates information about rural telecom issues and encourages the support of community-based telecom providers and the communities they serve.  Rural telecom providers know that their customers are also their neighbors.  These telcos not only have direct impact on the local economy, but they are also proactively involved in making their communities better places to live and work.

With every program, FRS calls attention to rural challenges, goals and achievements, and educates the public and lawmakers on exactly why rural America is so unique and worth fighting for.  Similarly, FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrow's economic and civic development depends on the involvement and success of today's students.

Why We Need Your Help

As a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, FRS needs your support to ensure that our programs and initiatives are successful.  The Foundation depends on the generous donations of rural broadband providers, corporate sponsors and individuals to continue to strengthen development in rural America. 

Help us increase rural America’s visibility and viability by becoming a part of the FRS team and getting involved today.  Join us by becoming a donor/sponsor, participating in our programs or promoting the Foundation’s initiatives in your community.  Together, we can help enhance the quality of life in America.


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