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Twin Valley, State of Kansas to Invest $1.2 Million to Expand Access to High-Speed Internet in Butler & Cowley Counties

December 14, 2023

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The projects are two of 11 funded in 2023 as a part of the State’s latest round of Broadband Acceleration Grants, totaling $5 million awarded this year.

Local broadband provider Twin Valley will receive state funding to expand its fiber network in Latham, located in Butler County, and Cambridge, located in Cowley County, as a part of the Broadband Acceleration Grant Program. Governor Laura Kelly made the announcement, unveiling a total of 11 rural broadband improvement projects set to receive funding as a part of the $5 million disbursement for 2023. Grant recipients will provide $6.6 million in matching funds, resulting in an investment of nearly $12 million for high-speed broadband access projects across 10 rural Kansas counties.

“As a part of our Pledge to our communities and customers, we share in the State’s goal of connecting rural Kansans with reliable and affordable internet service. Our digital inclusion efforts – through broadband expansion, community outreach, our free internet service program, and more – all contribute to achieving digital equity in our state,” said Ben Foster, Twin Valley President & CEO. “Public-private partnerships and grant support are key to making rural projects possible, which require exponentially more capital per home to fund.”

Twin Valley has served Cambridge and Latham since 1944, originally as SKT before rebranding to Twin Valley earlier this year. The fiber to the premises projects will drastically improve service reliability and speed, bringing 25+ times the download speed and 200 times the upload speed with symmetrical 2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps) fiber internet service.

Twin Valley continues its aggressive expansion efforts in Kansas, with Cambridge and Latham joining other recent and announced fiber builds in Bennington, rural Clearwater, Junction City, Minneapolis, and Rosalia. Along with other planned builds, the company will soon bring fiber to an additional 20,000 homes and businesses in the state over the next year.

“Reliable and affordable high-speed internet is no longer a ‘nice to have.’ It’s a necessity,” Foster continued. “Our 2 Gbps symmetrical fiber network will expand digital opportunities in remote work, online education, telehealth and more.”

Both Cambridge and Latham residents have several miles of travel to reach vital resources, with the nearest schools and colleges, major employers, libraries, and hospitals up to 40 miles away. Online connectivity will bring those resources into their homes and support business and economic development.

The full list of grantees, dollar amounts awarded per project and matching contributions can be found here. Twin Valley will announce the project start date, anticipated dates to begin installation and other project details in 2024. Those interested in service can sign up for project updates at twinvalley.com/cambridgefiber or twinvalley.com/lathamfiber.