Who is WK&T
WK&T is a progressive telecommunications provider. Across its 100% fiber-to-the-home network, WK&T delivers high-speed broadband Internet, digital TV, phone and related services to citizens and businesses of West Kentucky and Tennessee.
In 2009, WK&T pursued and was awarded a $123.8 million loan/grant from RUS to construct its fiber-to-the-home network. This transformed the company, enabling it to connect members with the most technologically advanced telecommunications network to meet the today's sophisticated broadband needs.
WK&T was incorporated as West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative in July 1951. In September of the following year, the cooperative received a loan from theRural Electrification Administration (today's RUS) to provide telephone service to the citizens of West Kentucky, as well as those in the Tennessee counties of Henry and Weakley. With this loan, construction of a modern dial telephone service began in the spring of 1953. As a not-for-profit telephone cooperative, the company’s purpose was — and remains — to provide the highest quality, most advanced and most dependable service available to its members.
In June of 2006, WK&T acquired Yorkville Telephone Company (Tennessee), welcoming over 2,000 Yorkville customers into the WK&T family. The company operates a retail Technology Store, with locations in Mayfield, Murray and Yorkville.
WK&T has grown from 1,350 subscribers in ten exchanges to more than 13,000 subscribers receiving state-of-the-art telecommunications service in 22 exchanges. WK&T's service territory encompasses over 2,200 route miles.
The Benefits of Fiber
WK&T operates a 100 percent fiber network. Many telecommunications providers use fiber in their network to connect their equipment in the field, but WK&T has taken the extra step of delivering fiber all the way to the homes and businesses of every customer.
So why fiber?
- Provides faster connection speeds
- Is less susceptible to outages caused by weather, vibrations or shock
- Increased home value
- Allows homeowners to connect more devices simultaneously thanks to increased bandwidth
- Offers better security since fiber doesn't radiate signals and is difficult to tap
- Is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference from nearby electrical machinery
- Provides a private connection that is not shared with other homeowners or businesses
- Costs less in the long run, as it is less expensive to maintain and has little downtime
- Eliminates the need to build new cable in order to upgrade network performance