• KYRBA is the premier state trade association and voice for Kentucky's rural broadband providers. 

    If you are a company interested in serving Kentucky's rural internet service providers, we encourage you to become a part of our association today! 

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The Kentucky Telephone 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 the Kentucky Telephone Association 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, our association 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 to the Kentucky Telecom 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. Now, in 2023, we have once again adopted a new name and logo to reflect our members focus on delivering world class fiber broadband to rural Kentuckians. The Kentucky Rural Broadband Association remains focused on expanding broadband access and broadband deployment to some of the most rural, high-cost areas of the Commonwealth. By growing broadband deployment and adoption, and closing the digital divide, we will grow opportunities for all Kentuckians. 

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KYRBA Annual Meeting Registration Available Soon

 

Issues with the online registration portal have delayed the availability of the KYRBA Annual Meeting registration process. We hope to have the issue resolved later this week and will notify our members when registration is open.


Better Internet Grant Program Applications Now Open

The application window is now open for the next round of grant funding to support the expansion of high-speed internet access across Kentucky. This round includes more than $206 million.
 
The application is available on the website for the Kentucky Office of Broadband Development. Grant funds will be competitively awarded to high-speed internet networks owned, operated or affiliated with local governments, nonprofits and cooperatives, as well as private providers. Applications will be accepted until February 6, 2023, at 3:30 pm Eastern Time and grants will be awarded based on an applicant’s demonstrated ability to meet the criteria outlined in the application.


USDA Announces $21.5 million broadband investment in Rural Kentucky

Congratulations goes out to KTA telco members Mountain Telephone and Thacker-Grigsby Communications on their recent USDA Rural Development Reconnect Round 3 grant/loan awards! Over $21.5 million is being invested by USDA in rural broadband for Breathitt, Leslie and Powell Counties! More than 5,000 residents, 89 businesses, 70 farms and 6 educational facilities will receive world class high-speed fiber-to-the-premise as a direct result of this funding. KTA is proud to work with these member companies as we seek to close the digital divide throughout rural areas of the Commonwealth! https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/news-release/biden-harris-administration-invests-215m-expand-high-speed-internet-rural-kentucky?fbclid=IwAR35wnNVjqTTft6cn_5NJYwC52_cFmeFrz2Pd940AGNuRCfe4-rlPdsi9Dc 


28th Joint Fall Conference & Supplier Showcase largest ever

Last month, more than 400 rural broadband industry leaders gathered in Bowling Green, KY for the 28th Joint Fall Conference & Supplier Showcase of the Kentucky Telecom Association and Tennessee Broadband Association! This was the largest meeting ever attended in the 28-year history of the event. Rural broadband providers from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Volunteer State gathered in Bowling Green to hear from Kentucky and Tennessee's new federal program officers from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the hundreds of millions of dollars that are expected to be invested in the states for broadband infrastructure as part of the bipartsian Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed last year. Attendees also heard from Kentucky's new Executive Director of Broadband Development, Meghan Sandfoss, about setting up her new office and the future of Kentucky's broadband deployment fund as well as from Taylre Beaty, the State Broadband Director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Fall conference attendees also heard from industry leaders about the competitive state of rural consumer markets and the importance of staying sharp in the current economic environment as well as from industry leaders in cybersecurity, workforce development and financial lending. The event was capped off with the Supplier Showcase and 95 vendors exhibiting the latest broadband technology to Kentucky and Tennessee's broadband providers.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and meeting participants that made this year's fall conference such a success! We hope everyone will mark their calendars to join us October 10-12, 2023 in at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN for the 29th Joint Fall Conference & Supplier Showcase! 

Mission

The Kentucky Rural Broadband Association supports Kentucky’s rural broadband providers through advocacy, member education and training, and community engagement as they deploy enhanced broadband networks throughout the commonwealth to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities available to rural Kentuckians.

Values

KYRBA values its role as an industry leader and our association – more than 80 years old - will continue to fulfill its mission by providing its member companies services and information that is:

  • Credible
  • Efficient
  • Transparent
  • Innovative

Benefits

Take advantage of the meetings with other industry professionals, and enjoy the programs and benefits of being a member of the Kentucky Rural Broadband Association.