Why Join RWA?

The Rural Wireless Association is a Washington, DC-based trade association that ensures wireless carrier members with fewer than 100,000 subscribers have a strong voice in our nation’s capital.  RWA’s members have joined together to speed delivery of new, efficient, and innovative telecommunications technologies to underserved rural communities across the country.

Benefits of Joining RWA:

  • Innovative advocacy by legal and regulatory experts devoted to strengthening policies that affect rural wireless companies
  • Essential information provided to members as it unfolds
  • Valuable relationships strengthened through committee participation, conferences, and member-only networking events
  • Knowledgeable and responsive Public Policy Committee shapes the association’s legislative and regulatory agendas to better serve our members
  • Member-run Education Committee that uses webinars, briefings, white papers, and member teleconferences to inform and instruct
  • Member-driven advocacy approach
  • Member-elected Board of Directors consisting of C-levels each with over 20+ years of industry experience.
  • Member-only briefings detailing congressional and FCC actions, as well as other issues that impact rural carriers, including universal service, spectrum auctions, regulatory and reporting requirements, and E-911 emergency system compliance

Learn more about membership at RWA here.

Membership Categories, Dues and Applications

Voting Members – Carriers (Carrier 1, Carrier 2 and Carrier 3) and 600 MHz Licensees

A Voting (Carrier) member is an FCC licensee or one that leases spectrum from an FCC licensee with under 100,000 subscribers.

  • Carrier 1 (0 to 2,000 wireless subscribers) – Membership Investment: $3,450
  • Carrier 2 (2,001 to 10,000 wireless subscribers) – Membership Investment: $6,000
  • Carrier 3 (10,001 to 100,000 wireless subscribers) – Membership Investment: $11,500
  • Application-2018-Voting-Member

A 600 MHz Member is a 600 MHz licensee that secured a rural or small business bidding credit for the 600 MHz auction.

  • Membership Investment: $600 (May 1 – December 31)
  • Full Voting (Carrier) Member rights as set forth above
  • Application 600 MHz Member

A 3.65 MHz Member is a 3.65 MHz licensee that secured a rural or small business bidding credit for the 3.65 MHz auction.

  • Membership Investment: $365 (June 1-December 31)
  • Full Voting (Carrier) Member rights as set forth above
  • Application 365 MHz Member

Supporting Members

Associate Members

  • Any company providing goods or services to the rural wireless industry (consulting firms, law firms, engineering firms, suppliers and those companies not otherwise qualifying as a Voting or Supporting Member).
  • Membership Investment: $2,500
  • Application- 2018-Associate Member

2018 Tax Status

Membership Investment/Dues payments to RWA are NOT deductible as charitable contributions for federal tax purposes. However, dues payments may be deductible as an “ordinary and necessary” business expense. The passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (Clinton 1993 Tax Act) limits the deductibility of dues payment to associations. The portion of dues payment used for lobbying expenses by the association is no longer deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes. We have determined that the deductible portion of RWA dues for 2018 is 90.00%.