TSTCI's committees are the backbone of our organization. Our committee volunteers are the people making things happen and overseeing the work of the association on a regular bases. We have several standing committees and encourage all members to become involved. 

Accounting Committee
Purpose: To participate and monitor regulatory, legislative and industry activities that impact the accounting practices of and for rural telephone providers and impacted vendors. Committee works with the Comptroller’s Office to update, revise and disburse the TSTCI Tax Grid; works with the Executive Staff, Accountant and Board on Association budget; works within the Committee structure to ensure CPE training opportunities for the membership.

Legislative Committee
Purpose: To participate, monitor and influence legislative issues that may impact the membership. Committee works with Executive Staff and Legislative Manager to determine position and action items for legislative strategy/agenda during session and non-session years. Committee also takes the lead on political action committee (PAC) activities, fundraising and makes recommendations to the PAC Disbursement Committee for political contributions. Committee responsible for legislative bill tracking, analysis and data collection as needed.

Marketing Committee
Purpose: To participate with Executive Staff and Communications Director to develop marketing proposals and/or templates for membership use. Committee will also work to enhance the Association’s direct and indirect communications with the membership and with the general public through direct mails, website, email communications, newsletters and brochures.  Committee will work with membership on general marketing/advertising campaigns and will be available to assist other committees with advocacy materials as needed.

Program Planning Committee
Purpose: To participate with Executive Staff and Meeting Planner to develop program content and budget for the four standing meetings throughout the year. Committee will also help evaluate evaluations, review proposed location contracts and recommend keynote speaker topics/speakers.  Committee will also poll membership for requested program topics, speakers and any additional educational forums they need.

Regulatory Committee
Purpose: To participate and monitor regulatory, legislative and industry activities that impact the regulatory oversight both at state and federal level on the rural telephone providers. Committee works with the Executive Staff to monitor, analyze and participate in regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission and the Federal Communications Commission either through comments, filings and/or testimony as needed.

Technical Advisory Committee
Purpose: To participate, monitor and analyze technical and/or technology issues impacting our industry. Committee oversees maintenance of the Industry Emergency Contact List and would help coordinate contact between companies and other impacted industries in the event of a natural or other type disaster affecting communications. Committee will act as a resource for other Committees in areas of industry technology, technical applications, engineering and emergency impacts.