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.
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 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.