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County, WK&T partner to build fiber broadband network

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 mutually agreed upon locations in Graves County for public access.

WK&T Chief Executive Officer Trevor Bonnstetter called the agreement a great opportunity for Graves County residents as well as the Cooperative.

“This agreement means that the residents of Graves County are one step closer to having access to the fastest, most reliable internet technology available,” he said. “This technology improves the daily lives of our members by opening up a whole new world of opportunities in entertainment, health care, education and so much more.”

Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry praised the partnership as a great benefit for area residents.

“More Graves County residents will soon have access to the same broadband technology that is typically only available in large, urban cities,” Perry said. “This is a great tool that we can leverage for economic development as well as to improve access to health care and educational opportunities.”

Residents who sign up for WK&T’s fiber broadband can choose speeds beginning at 100 Mbps up to a gigabit per second. Engineering crews will begin designing the fiber network expansion immediately, although it may take up to 24 months for the project to be completed.

“We are excited to partner with WK&T and are eager to bring this amazing technology to the underserved portions of Graves County,” Perry said.

For more information, visit www.mywkt.net or call 877-954-8748.

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