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WK&T Establishes Tornado Disaster Relief Fund

Thank you to the many individuals, companies and KTA members that have reached out over the last few days following last weekend's devastating tornadoes in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The loss of life and the devastation impacting South Central and Western Kentucky is heartbreaking for our state.WK&T's service territory took a direct hit from the tornadoes in Western Kentucky. Thankfully, the employees of WK&T are okay and WK&T continues to work to restore service in those communities that were impacted by the tornadoes. Unfortunately, as we approach the holidays, many people in Western Kentucky, including those in WK&T's service territory were not as fortunate.

WK&T has worked to establish a tornado relief fund that will accept donations with 100% of the funds going to provide aid to the families impacted by the tornado in Western Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee. Funds that come in after Christmas will be used to meet any other needs of these families.

Please be advised when making a donation that the fund and WK&T are not established as a 501(c)3, so donations will not be tax deductible. If you are looking for a tax deductible fund, there are many other relief efforts set up for Kentucky and Tennessee. KTA will be happy to direct you to those funds.

If you have already donated to one of these disaster relief funds, thank you! However, KTA would like to make you aware of this fund specifically set up by WK&T to assist families in their cooperative and service territories.

Checks can be mailed to WK&T at 100 WK&T Technology Drive, Mayfield, KY 42066. Please include a note that it’s for the WK&T Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.

A link for credit card payments is in the process of being created. This payment type will incur transactions fees. If you should want to make a donation by this method, please contact Davida Bridges at WK&T and she will get the information to you as soon as it is available. ACH routing and wiring information is also available. Feel free to contact Davida at WK&T or KTA Executive Director Tyler Campbell for more information.
 
Any contribution to the families in these areas would be greatly appreciated. Your continued prayers for the affected communities are also certainly appreciated. Please feel free to contact the KTA Office at 502.699.2206 or via email if you have any questions about this disaster relief fund or one of the other tornado disaster relief funds being utilized to offer assistance to families in Western Kentucky.


Premier Engineering Firm Mid-State Consultants Acquired by JSI

Move Builds on Efforts to Provide Complete Solutions for Rural Broadband Clients

September 1, 2021, Greenbelt, MD: JSI is pleased to announce that it has acquired Mid-State Consultants, Inc., a premier engineering firm headquartered in Nephi, Utah. The move further enhances JSI’s ability to help clients as they take advantage of unprecedented funding resources available on the federal and state levels to expand and maintain broadband networks across the country. The acquisition of Mid-State Consultants significantly grows the engineering capabilities that JSI began building last year.

“We are pleased to add Mid-State to the JSI family. Our clients now have access to more services and solutions and a talented team with the broadband technology, regulatory and business know-how,” said Tasos Tsolakis, CEO of JSI. “The broadband industry’s future is bright and JSI is well positioned to support our clients every step of the way.” Mid-State Consultants is well known in the rural telecommunications industry and has worked jointly with JSI on several client projects in the past. The company was established in 1963 and specializes in providing comprehensive communication systems engineering, including network planning and design, outside and inside plant, field services, virtual drafting, project development, grant and loan applications, and regulatory compliance
consulting. JSI and Mid-State share many common clients across the country. This acquisition expands JSI’s complete solutions into the western United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii.

“It is an honor to join forces with JSI. Our clients and the industry at large now have the benefit of an unprecedented suite of solutions from a single company,” said Steve Kidd, president of Mid-State Consultants. Under Tsolakis’ leadership, Steve Kidd will remain president of Mid-State. JSI President Steve Meltzer and N-com President Dennis Wisdom will remain in their respective roles.

About JSI
JSI is a full-service consulting firm, providing financial, engineering, management, operational, regulatory, and strategic assistance to independent community-based communications providers. JSI’s business knowledge, experience and proven success help its clients plan and realize long-term success and profitability. JSI has relationships with approximately 750 communications entities in 46 states and several US territories. Headquartered in Greenbelt, MD, JSI also has offices in MN, TX, GA and UT. JSI can be found at https://jsitel.com/.

About Mid-State Consultants
Mid-State Consultants provides nationwide telecommunications engineering services with a focus on rural broadband access issues, including backhaul, rural, and urban projects. Mid-State’s engineering and outside plant experience will be key as broadband providers across the country strive to meet the requirements for the upcoming broadband infrastructure grants and the subsequent implementation processes and procedures. The firm’s headquarters is in Nephi, Utah, and operates seven regional offices in AK, HI, LA, MI, NC, and two in WI. Mid-State Consultants can be found at https://www.mscon.com/.

e-Tel Completes it's conversion to MACC's billing system

(Blair, Nebraska – June 30, 2021) e-Tel recently completed its conversion to Mid America Computer Corporation’s (MACC) billing system. The company is now using MACC’s platform to meet its need for billing, customer management, plant record maintenance, and other key business functions.  

Located in Paducah, Kentucky and locally-owned, the company provides internet, telephone, and business phone systems to its community.

“e-Tel is a progressive company and delivers the best available technology to its customers.” said Craig Aman, MACC’s President and CEO. “We are honored to have the opportunity to support e-Tel as the company continues to grow and expand.”

About MACC
MACC’s billing system is used by telecom companies of all sizes across the United States. Our products empower clients to reach new levels of efficiency through integration and process automation. MACC's products are supported by professional and dedicated customer care teams to ensure the outstanding service our clients deserve. Plus, we offer the stability of being a growing company with more than 45 years of experience.

Contact information
Steve Appel
(402) 533-5156
sappel@maccnet.com
 


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