LENORA — Nex-Tech was recently recognized by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in 39 central and western Kansas communities.

As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, Nex-Tech joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households.

“I applaud Nex-Tech for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise consider the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “By building a gigabit-capable network, Nex-Tech has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region and nationwide.”

To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.

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Nex-Tech currently offers gigabit Internet service in the following exchanges: Almena, Athol, Burr Oak, Collyer, Courtland, Damar, Downs, Edmond, Esbon, Gove, Grainfield, Hays, Hill City, Hoxie, Ionia, Kensington, Lebanon, Lenora, Logan, Long Island, Morland, Munjor, Norcatur, Norton, Osborne, Palco, Phillipsburg, Plainville, Prairie View, Quinter, Republic, Russell, Smith Center, Stockton, Victoria, WaKeeney, Webber and Woodston.

About Nex-Tech

Nex-Tech connects thousands of people and businesses through a robust broadband network and cutting-edge technology. Nex-Tech’s powerful fiber-to-the-premise technology delivers the highest quality Internet, with speeds up to 1 Gig, Digital TV, home security, and local and long distance phone service. Nex-Tech also provides an array of enterprise IT solutions including cloud services, Hosted PBX, network security, physical security and surveillance, networks operations monitoring, help desk services and managed services to business clients nationwide. Nex-Tech focuses on providing the best technology and support with the best people. With stores in more than 20 locations and a full-service help desk and 24-hour Network Operations Center, Nex-Tech customers are ensured unsurpassed technology and support. Headquartered in Lenora, Kansas, Nex-Tech has been delivering exceptional service for over 60 years.

About NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org

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