The Rural Broadband Council is an independent operating unit of the Utilities Telecom Council that is dedicated to the cause of 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. Moreover, they have an existing relationship with their members and customers, making them a trusted provider of essential services, including electricity, gas, water and broadband. Yes broadband. 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. RBC’s utilities are currently providing or planning to provide broadband gigabit speeds over their own fiber rings at prices that are far less than the telephone or cable incumbents. Thus, the RBC is the place to go for utility broadband.