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Julie Keim, CPA

Telergee Benchmark Study

By definition, a benchmark serves as a standard by which others may be measured or judged.

Each year, the Telergee Alliance, of which BerryDunn is a member, with the financial support of CoBank, conducts a benchmark study of more than 230 nationwide rural ILECs which allows participants to compare their company against other companies with competing or similar services. Benchmarking can produce comparisons which help management identify savings opportunities, highlight company strengths or weaknesses, and set goals for improvement.

Our benchmark study collects data in order to define relevant peer groups for comparison and includes key measurements related to:

  1. Asset allocations, liabilities, debt and equity
  2. Revenues, expenses and profitability
  3. CLEC data
  4. Federal and state support levels
  5. Plant investment
  6. Non-regulated investments and operations, particularly wireless, Internet and cable TV
  7. Service penetrations and customer counts
  8. Payroll and staffing data
  9. Forecasted income and investment information
  10. Credit rating definitions and scores

The scorecard, which is the result of your company’s study participation, shows your individual benchmarks compared to measurements of the classification your company is in, as well as the national averages. Click here to see a sample scorecard.


To learn more about the 2016 Telergee Alliance Benchmark Study or to inquire about participating, contact Julie Keim.

About the Rural Telecom Industry Benchmark Study

Launched in 1996 as the definitive source of rural telecom performance data in the U.S., the Telergee Alliance Benchmark Study comprises information gathered from 236 rural telecommunications companies across the country.

For more information, or to join the study, please contact Julie Keim.