The Kentucky Telecom Association was established in 1937 as a non-profit organization to promote and support the general interests and welfare of the telecommunications industry in the Commonwealth. This is still our goal.
The industry has undergone enormous changes and growth since KTA was established. Advancements in technology, including the growth of computer applications and fiber cable, expanding service areas, increasingly complex regulatory requirements and competitive services has fueled many of these changes. Throughout this time, KTA has served the industry by fostering communication and cooperation among its member companies to improve their services and products.
In 2011, we changed our name from the Kentucky Telephone Association and adopted a new logo to recognize our members offer more than wireline telephone service and the many changes in our industry in the recent past – and still to come.
KTA Executive Director Graduates Leadership Kentucky
KTA Executive Director Tyler Campbell officially graduated from Leadership Kentucky last week along with 39 other business, non-profit and education leaders from across the Commonwealth. The 2020 Leadership Kentucky Class completed its final in-person session in Northern Kentucky last week after COVID-19 restrictions forced the program to conclude virtually in December. Program leaders planned the final reunion for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2020 in order to offer program participants a true graduation experience.
Leadership Kentucky participants traveled across the Commonwealth, beginning in June 2020, for 3 day sessions meeting with community leaders across the state to discuss issues impacting Kentuckians. Since 1985, Leadership Kentucky graduates have brought an enlightened and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important catalysts in the unified effort to improve our state.
"I am so thankful to the KTA Board of Directors for the opportunity to participate in this program over the past year," Campbell said. "Leadership Kentucky is the premier leadership and professional development program in the state. I cannot overstate the value of this program and the people you meet as you travel across the Commonwealth. The men and women that participate in Leadership Kentucky love and care about the state and will work to improve their communities with the knowledge and lessons learned in the program. I feel like the future of Kentucky is bright because of these community leaders."
NTIA Broadband Grant Infrastructure Program
NTIA’s Broadband Infrastructure Program was established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. In the priority order defined by the Act, NTIA will accept applications for projects that are designed to:
- Provide broadband service to the greatest number of households in an eligible service area;
- Provide broadband service to rural areas;
- Be most cost-effective in providing broadband service; or
- Provide broadband service with a download speed of at least 100 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 20 Mbps.
NTIA will group applications based on the priority above that each application addresses, and will sequence its review of application groups in the statutory order listed above. Here is the link to the NTIA website and grant page: https://www.grants.gov/
NTIA is also conducting a series of webinars on the program. You can register here for the webinars: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.
FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Beginning May 12th, the Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling with broadband affordability during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program provides a discount of up to $50/month toward broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers. Starting today, eligible households can enroll through an eligible provider (click on the link for eligible Kentucky providers) or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting fcc.gov/
PRTC GM/CEO Keith Gabbard Discusses Delivering Broadband to Rural America
Listen to KTA Board Member Keith Gabbard as he discusses delivering broadband to Rural America with panelists on WBUR in Boston, MA.
LTC Connect's CEO/GM Honored
LTC Connect's CEO/General Manager Greg Hale was recently named "Board Member of the Year" by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association's NTCA Rural Broadband PAC. Congrats to Greg on this well deserved honor and recognition! As a member of KTA's Board of Directors, no one works harder on behalf of Kentucky's community-based broadband providers.
NCTC "Fiber for Grayson" Announcement!
Congratulations to KTA Member North Central Telephone Cooperative on their recent RDOF announcement in partnership with Warren Rural Electric that will bring high-speed broadband access to Grayson County, Kentucky! Watch the announcement on Facebook Live courtesy of Leitchfield's K105 Facebook Page. https://fb.watch/4agQMKpjkH/