Fiber-fast internet – that’s what we do!

For the past decade, WK&T has pursued state and federal grants and developed unique public-private partnerships to aggressively expand fiber broadband throughout the West Kentucky and Tennessee region.

In 2009, WK&T pursued and was awarded a $123.8 million grant/loan through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — the largest amount awarded by the federal government that year through the Broadband Initiatives Program. Since then, WK&T has continued to impact and grow its service area, providing the critical infrastructure to support and enrich the lives of residents and businesses in Weakley and Henry counties.

  • 2016
    • WK&T announces fiber broadband is coming to Martin, Tennessee.
  • 2018
    • WK&T announces fiber broadband is coming to Dresden, Tennessee.
    • WK&T receives a $3 million Community Connect grant to bring fiber to Dukedom, Tennessee. WK&T contributes $450,000 to the project.
  • 2019
    • WK&T receives a $2 million matching grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development to bring fiber broadband to the area of Henry County that lies east of Highway 79 and west of Kentucky Lake. WK&T will match these funds, investing more than $4 million in the fiber broadband network.
  • 2020
    • WK&T receives a $2 million matching grant from Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development to build fiber in an east central portion of Weakley County near Sharon.
    • Graves County partners with WK&T to expand fiber to 4,000 locations.
    • WK&T is awarded a $1.64 million grant to provide 350 households in Henry County and a $1.025 million grant to bring fiber internet to 1,120 households in Weakley County from the Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund.
    • The cooperative was awarded a ReConnect grant of $610,000 to expand fiber into Graves County east of Mayfield and $14.9 million to expand into five counties in southern Illinois.

Fiber broadband has the power to transform a region and change lives through:

  • Quality of life
  • Education
  • Job growth
  • Health care and telemedicine
  • Economic development

WK&T will continue to pursue innovative ways to improve its service area. To stay informed on the latest fiber broadband news, sign up for the email newsletter above and follow us on Facebook at​ ​www.facebook.com/wkttelecom​.

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Fiber Construction Progresses in Graves, Weakley and Henry Counties

Neighborhoods opening for installation.
April 29, 2021

The first quarter of 2021 was a busy one for WK&T fiber construction crews. Projects in Henry, Graves and Weakley counties significantly progressed, with many neighborhoods now ready for installation.
 
Henry County-Poplar Grove Project (*) — As the largest project in the Henry County build, we’re happy to announce that it’s 100% complete and we are starting to schedule installations. The project includes the majority of the north side of Highway 69 South in Springville and the Lakes area. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Graves County-Tech Park Project
 — This project is nearly 100% ready for installation, with the exception of the Old General Tire property, which we estimate to be complete in the next couple weeks. This project involves the surrounding area of the Tech Park that we do not currently serve, including Highway 1241, West Vaughn Road, Carter Road, Hickory Road and Key Bottom Road.


Graves County-Jimtown Project
 — Crews have completed the majority of construction and are now testing. Once testing is complete, we can start installing portions of this build in late April. Some of the roads in this build include Old Dublin, Highway 80, Oak Grove Church, Sholar, Sutton Lane North, Butterworth, Jimtown, Highway 121, Sanderson, Key Bottom and Highway 45.


Weakley County-South Martin Project (*)
— Construction on Doran Road is 85%-90% complete, and almost 70% of the splicing is complete. Nearly 100 addresses are now ready for installation. This project should be 100% complete in late April or early May. The majority of this build is southwest of the city limits of Martin to Old Troy Road and West of Highway 45. We are hoping to have crews start fiber construction on the Adams and Sub Station projects in South Martin soon.


Weakley County-Sidonia Project (*)
 — Construction has recently started. We’re estimating that installation will start in late May and continue into the summer months. This project includes the areas directly west of Sharon to the Weakley County line.

 

(*) These projects are funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

If your area is ready for installation, call WK&T at 877-954-8748 now to sign up for fiber-fast internet service!

WK&T Fiber Crews Wrap Up 2020 Busier Than Ever

Fiber builds progress throughout West Tennessee and Kentucky.
Jan 5, 2021
 

Dukedom-Austin Spring project — Areas include the portions of the south side of State Line Road and surrounding areas of downtown Dukedom. This build is complete and ready for customer installation.

Dukedom-Grissom project — The Grissom project includes portions of the south side of State Line Road and parts of the Ruthville, Tennessee, area. It is complete and ready for customer installation.

Dukedom project — Areas include the downtown Dukedom area that was not previously covered by the Dukedom Community Connect grant. This project is complete and ready for customer installation.

Henry County-Shady Grove project — This area is between Old Murray Paris and Shady Grove roads and is located south of the Puryear exchange to Edgar Cemetery Road. Some addresses are ready for installation. Please contact WK&T customer service 1-877-954-8748 to find out if your address is ready.

Henry County-Elkhorn Cemetery project — The Elkhorn Cemetery area includes the south side of Highway 79, along Oak Grove Road South, starting at Friendship Road and the surrounding Elkhorn area. This project is ready for customer installation.

Henry County-Poplar Grove project — The Poplar Grove remote area includes the majority of the north side of Highway 69 South in Springville and the Lakes area. This is the largest project with over 900 locations and is the last in the current Henry County build. The build is complete and ready for customer installations. Please contact WK&T customer service at 1-877-954-8748 for an appointment today.

Spring Hill project — Crews have completed construction, splicing and testing of this 28.3-mile project with about 185 houses. The roads along this route include Manleyville, Bob Richardson, Harvey Bowden, Reynoldsburg, Van Dyke, Highway 77, Spring Hill, Old McKenzie Highway, Hinchey Cemetery, Steele, Cope Looney, Palestine, Herrondale East, Henry Midway and Midway. This project will be a path from the Henry County-Poplar Grove project to WK&T’s Cottage Grove exchange. Some addresses are ready for installation. Please contact WK&T customer service 1-877-954-8748 to find out if your address is ready.

Elkhorn Cemetery project — This area consists of portions of Oak Grove Road South, Oak Grove Road North and Buchanan Road. Some addresses are ready for installation. Please contact WK&T customer service 1-877-954-8748 to find out if your address is ready.

Graves County project — These areas include portions of State Line Road and Highway 129. Some addresses are ready for installation. Please contact WK&T customer service 1-877-954-8748 to find out if your address is ready.

Graves County-Tech Park project — Crews have completed most of the construction on this project and have a good start on splicing. The majority of this project includes the surrounding area of the Tech Park that WK&T doesn’t currently serve, which is Highway 1241, West Vaughn Road, Carter Road, Hickory Road and Key Bottom Road. WK&T estimates it will be first quarter 2021 before addresses will be ready for customer installation.

Graves County-Jimtown project — Crews have completed the majority of the construction of this project in the northwestern part of the county and have started splicing in some areas. Some of the roads in this project include Old Dublin Road, Highway 80, Oak Grove Church Road, Sholar Road, Sutton Lane North, Butterworth Road, Jimtown Road, Highway 121, Sanderson Road, Key Bottom Road and Highway 45. Some of the addresses will be ready for customer installation during the first quarter of 2021.

Weakley County-South Martin/Doran Road project — Construction is about 60%-70% complete, but splicing has not started yet. The majority of this build is southwest of the city limits of Martin to Old Troy Road and West of Highway 45. WK&T is estimating to start customer installation during the first quarter of 2021.

If your home or business is located in one of these project areas, and it’s ready for customer installation, please call WK&T at 877-954-8748 to see when you can get connected!

 

WK&T Continues Fiber Builds as Fall Begins

Some parts of Graves, Weakley and Henry counties are ready for installation.

Oct. 8, 2020

Graves County project — Construction is underway for the first Tech Park remote, which will cover most of Highway 1241 and W. Vaughn, Hickory and Key Bottom roads. Service addresses ready for installation may be released in the coming weeks.

WK&T is also in the construction phase of installing a second remote in the northwestern part of Graves County, which will include some addresses in Old Dublin, Highway 80, Oak Grove Church Road, Sholar Road, Sutton Lane North, Butterworth Road, Jimtown Road, Key Bottom Road, Highway 45, Sanderson Road and Highway 121.

There will be six remotes in the Graves County project.

Dukedom-Austin Springs project — The south portion of State Line Road and surrounding areas of downtown Dukedom are ready for installations. Call

877-954-8748 today to schedule an appointment!

Dukedom-Grissom project — Areas for this project include portions of the south side of State Line Road and parts of the Ruthville, Tennessee, area. Fiber construction is complete. Some addresses may be ready for installations after the final inspections are completed.

Henry County-Shady Grove project — This area is between Old Murray Paris and Shady Grove Roads and south of the Puryear exchange to Edgar Cemetery Road. This project is 100% complete and ready for installations. Call 877-954-8748 today to schedule an appointment!

Henry County-Elkhorn Cemetery project — This project includes over 130 locations near the south side of Highway 79 along Oak Grove Road South, starting at Friendship Road and surrounding the Elkhorn area. Construction is complete and ready for installations. Call 877-954-8748 today to schedule an appointment!

Henry County-Poplar Grove project — This project includes more than 900 locations, including the majority of the north side of Highway 69 South and the lakes area. Crews are in the area working, pulling cable and setting facilities. Some addresses will be released for installation early this month. The remote work should be completed by the end of November.

Henry County-Grant Area — This project includes 28.3 miles of coverage and approximately 185 homes. The project is slated to be completed by Dec. 15. Some of the roads that may be covered in this build area are Manleyville, Bob Richardson, Van Dyke, Highway 77, Spring Hill, Old McKenzie Highway, Hinchey Cemetery, Steele, Cope Looney, Palestine, Herrondale East, Henry Midway and Midway. Call 877-954-8748 to inquire about service at your location now!

Many Fiber Construction Projects are Ready for Installation

July 27, 2020

As summer heats up, so does fiber internet construction. WK&T crews continue to work on the fiber builds, and many areas are ready for installations.

Dukedom-Austin Springs project — The south portion of State Line Road and surrounding areas of downtown Dukedom are ready for installations.

Dukedom-Grissom project — Areas include portions of the south side of State Line Road and portions of the Ruthville, Tennessee, area. Fiber construction is underway. Selected addresses will be released for installation in the coming weeks.

Henry County-Shady Grove project — This area is between Old Murray Paris and Shady Grove roads and south of the Puryear exchange to Edgar Cemetery Road. This project is ready for installations.

Henry County-Elkhorn Cemetery project — This project includes over 130 locations near the south side of Highway 79 along Oak Grove Road South, starting at Friendship Road and surrounding the Elkhorn area. This project is ready for installations.

Henry County-Poplar Grove project — This project includes more than 900 locations, including the majority of the north side of Highway 69 South and the lakes area. Crews have started pulling cable in the northwest portion of the project.

The WK&T and Graves County project has started construction at the Tech Park. The first remote will serve residents and businesses on Highway 1241, West Vaughn Road, Carter Road, Hickory Road and Key Bottom Road in Mayfield.

WK&T expands in Graves County, projects in Weakley and Henry counties move forward!

June 12, 2020

WK&T and Graves County have reached an agreement that will increase access to fiber optic internet for many residents in the county.

WK&T will begin construction right away on a fiber network that will pass about 4,000 locations in Graves County. The agreement also sets up 10 public Wi-Fi hot spots at community anchor institutions.

Dukedom-Austin Springs project — The south portion of State Line Road and surrounding areas of downtown Dukedom are ready for installations.

Dukedom-Grissom project — Areas include portions of the south side of State Line Road and portions of the Ruthville, Tennessee, area. Fiber construction is about 50% complete. Some addresses will be ready for installations later this month.

Henry County-Shady Grove project — This area is between Old Murray Paris and Shady Grove roads and south of the Puryear exchange to Edgar Cemetery Road. This project is 100% complete and ready for installations.

Henry County-Elkhorn Cemetery project — This project includes over 130 locations near the south side of Highway 79 along Oak Grove Road South, starting at Friendship Road and surrounding the Elkhorn area. This project is estimated to be ready for installations in June.

Henry County-Poplar Grove project — This project includes more than 900 locations, including the majority of the north side of Highway 69 South and the lakes area. This project is in its early stages. Installations are estimated to begin late summer 2020.

 

WK&T Continues Expansion of Fiber in Henry & Weakley Counties

March 13, 2020

WK&T crews have been busy the last few weeks in various locations building fiber throughout Henry and Weakley counties.

WK&T Fiber UpdateDukedom-Austin Springs — Crews have made great progress and are hoping that by the end of March/early April, WK&T will be able to begin installations at more homes in this area.

Henry County-Shady Grove — This project is completely finished and ready for installations.

Henry County-Elkhorn Cemetery — Crews are making great progress, and the majority of construction is complete. There are still a few small tasks that need to be completed, but WK&T hopes to have the majority of the area ready near the end of March. This project has roughly 225 locations inside the grant area.

Henry County-Poplar Grove — WK&T crews have recently started this project. This is the largest project of the three remotes in Henry County. Crews will begin the process of boring the ground to run the fiber cable, and we expect the area will be ready for installation in late spring.

 

Despite weather, construction is on schedule for Henry and Weakley counties.

The fiber build-outs for Henry County in Tennessee and for Dukedom in Weakley County, Tennessee, are expected to be finished by the end of the year. Residents and businesses in these areas will have access to the most advanced internet technology available. This will provide lightning-fast speeds and more reliable service than traditional copper wiring.

Construction in Henry County is complete north of Woodland Acres near Highway 218 north of U.S. 79. WK&T will soon begin installing fiber to about 120 addresses in that area. Construction is nearly complete south of U.S. 79. Installation to about 160 addresses should begin around March or April.

Construction will soon begin north of Highway 63A near Big Sandy and Springville and should be completed by the end of the year.

In Dukedom, fiber construction is currently underway east of Chestnut Glade Road. Installation has already begun in an area near Austin Springs for about 80 homes. Fiber connection to the remaining homes and businesses in the Dukedom project should begin in April or May and will service about 200 addresses.

Construction west of Chestnut Glade Road to service another 200 homes and businesses should begin in spring and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Since the project began, crews have built 24 of 90 miles of fiber in Henry County and 24 of 77 miles of fiber in Dukedom. Recent rains have slowed progress and could continue to impact construction, but both projects remain on track to be complete by the end of the year.

Fiber Builds Coming to Fruition

As 2019 nears an end, WK&T is busy on the ground in Weakley and Henry counties. 

Dukedom construction began in August and has gone full steam ahead.

Likewise in Henry County, a small northern section of about 80 homes will be complete at the end of November. Construction has started on the northern end of the larger portion of the project.

WK&T Makes Strides In Bringing Fiber Broadband To Parts Of Weakley And Henry Counties

In mid-August, Dresden’s buildout will be 100% complete, giving 1,650 customers access to fiber broadband. This service will provide residences and businesses with faster, more reliable internet access than traditional copper wiring.

In Dukedom, crews were set to begin fiber construction on Aug. 1. The build will connect 406 residents who have had limited internet access in their homes.

WK&T’s most recent venture is in southeastern Henry County. A contractor has been selected and will begin work in mid-September in the northern part of this build. Engineering and staking is still underway in the southern part. One area lies east of Highway 79 and west of Kentucky Lake, while the second area is west of Highway 79 and northeast of Paris. When completed, 912 homes will have access to unmatched fiber broadband from WK&T.

Fiber Build In Martin Is Complete

The fiber build in Martin is complete. What does this mean for you? If you are a resident of or operate a business in Martin, you have access to WK&T’s unmatched fiber optic network.

The fiber network provides homes and businesses with the capacity to connect multiple devices — laptops, smartphones, tablets and gaming systems — and use them simultaneously. And uploading and downloading large files, as well as videoconferencing, is super fast.

In 2018, WK&T partnered with officials in Dresden to bring an unmatched fiber network to the city. More than 1,700 residents and businesses in the city should have access to the high-speed connection this summer. The agreement also allows installation of smart water meters so the municipal water department can gather accurate readings, with data transmitted directly from the meters to the office.

The project’s first phase is finished, and the final phase is nearing completion. The connection to Dresden is made possible by the existing fiber network in Martin. The service with WK&T will provide Dresden residents and businesses with internet access that is faster and more reliable than service over traditional copper wiring.

WK&T’s fiber network will also bring new voice, security and television offerings to Dresden.

Recently, WK&T was chosen from 124 applicants to receive a $3 million grant to build a broadband network in the Dukedom community in Weakley County, Tennessee. The 406 residents WK&T is connecting in the community had limited home internet access.

And in Henry County, Tennessee, WK&T received $2 million from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Broadband Accessibility Grant program.

The cooperative will match these funds, investing more than $4 million to build a fiber optic broadband network in Henry County. The project calls for building a fast broadband network in two sections of the county. One area lies east of Highway 79 and west of Kentucky Lake, and the second area is west of Highway 79 and northeast of Paris.

When completed, the network will make high-speed broadband internet access available to 912 homes.

 

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Our mission is to offer leading-edge technology, excellent customer service and support to our members with a goal to achieve complete customer satisfaction.

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