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3:10PM March 25, 2020
8:59AM February 17, 2020
On February 13, 2020, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $9 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,744 rural households, 31 businesses, 41 farms and a critical community facility in Tennessee. North Central Communications, a subsidiary of NCTC, is one of these recipients. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.
“Our core mission at USDA is to increase rural prosperity through boosting economic opportunity in rural America,” Perdue said. “We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity. Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is proud to partner with rural communities to deploy this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
NCTC/North Central Communications, Inc. is the recipient of a $1.4 million ReConnect Program grant to provide broadband service to residents and businesses in rural Smith County. The funded service areas include 164 households, 10 pre-subscribed businesses and 21 pre-subscribed farms spread over 22 square miles.
Johnny McClanahan, president and CEO of NCTC and North Central Communications expressed his gratitude to the USDA for its efforts in providing funding to the deserving residents of Smith County. “Without USDA RUS support we would not have been able to provide this service to our customers. We are extremely grateful and supportive of the many initiatives sponsored by the USDA RUS and the positive impact on our communities,” stated McClanahan.
NCTC will be serving the Beasley Bend area of Riddleton in Smith County. The USDA will provide approximately $1.5 million, and NCTC will provide approx. $.5 million in funding to build fiber in the rural western portion of the Smith County area. This area consists of rugged terrain including farm land, hillsides, and sharp ridges. The residents have no access to broadband speed services, and many are unable to get reliable landline service.
NCTC has three years from the time the grant is awarded to complete construction and begin providing service to the affected residents.
In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America. On Dec. 13, 2018, Secretary Perdue announced the rules of the program, called “ReConnect,” including how the loans and grants will be awarded to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. USDA received 146 applications between May 31, 2019, and July 12, 2019, requesting $1.4 billion in funding across all three ReConnect Program funding products: 100 percent loan, 100 percent grant, and loan-grant combinations. USDA is reviewing applications and announcing approved projects on a rolling basis. Additional investments in all three categories will be made in the coming weeks.
These grants, loans and combination funds enable the federal government to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient service is defined as connection speeds of less than 10 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1 Mbps upload.
In December 2019, Agriculture Secretary Perdue announced USDA will be making available an additional $550 million in ReConnect funding in 2020. USDA will make available up to $200 million for grants, up to $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. The application window for this round of funding will open Jan. 31, 2020. Applications for all funding products will be accepted in the same application window, which will close no later than March 16, 2020.
A full description of 2020 ReConnect Pilot Program funding is available on page 67913 of the Dec. 12, 2019, Federal Register (PDF, 336 KB). To learn more about eligibility, technical assistance and recent announcements, visit www.usda.gov/reconnect.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force. To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/tn.
10:14AM October 23, 2019
Today, NCTC and Kentucky based electric cooperative Warren RECC announced a pilot project that will bring high-speed internet to some areas of rural Warren County. In a newly formed collaboration, Warren RECC will lease dark fiber along their new fiber optic communications backbone to NCTC. NCTC will offer up to a gigabit internet service across Warren RECC’s Fiber to the Home (FTTH) to Warren RECC members in the pilot area. The project allows the two organizations to combine their resources and decades of experience to offer affordable, high-speed internet services in a new area and to improve the quality of life for Warren RECC members in the area. If the pilot is successful, the companies hope to expand their partnership.
“Providing high-speed internet in rural areas has been and continues to be an important issue nationwide. It’s a difficult proposition. If it wasn’t, the large companies would be there already. Fortunately, we have been able to develop a model we think will work and we look forward to analyzing the results,” said Dewayne McDonald, President and CEO of Warren RECC. “Part of our mission is to improve the quality of life for our members. These pilots represent a giant leap in progress for our members, and we’re excited about the momentum.”
“We are very excited to announce this collaboration today. NCTC understands the importance of high-speed internet in today’s economy, and we are pleased to be part of a pilot project to bring that service to a new area in southeast Warren County,” said NCTC President and CEO Johnny McClanahan. “We appreciate WRECC’s effort to provide the fiber infrastructure that will allow NCTC to broaden its service area.”
NCTC will contact residents as soon as service is available. The pilot area includes approximately 800 Warren RECC members in southeast Warren County.
According to Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon, “Today is a great day for Warren County. For years we have struggled to get high-speed internet into the more rural areas of the county. I am thankful that these two companies came together with a common goal and created a solution. I look forward to receiving positive results from this pilot and I certainly hope that it will be successful enough to warrant expansion into other parts of the county. I applaud the hard work and vision of both of these companies, and their commitment to improving their communities.”
For more information on the pilot, visit www.fiberforwarren.com .
2:01PM September 20, 2019
Come see us at the Builders Association of Southern Kentucky’s Parade of Homes. We are set up at Magnolia Hills, Poplar Grove, and Drakes Ridge.
3:26PM February 21, 2019
The first phase of bringing world-class fiber to the Claypool-Boyce area is moving right along, with NCTC currently in the process of securing right-of-way access for some of the build.
Amid record rainfall amounts, overall construction has been delayed in an effort to minimize damage to property. With that, residents should expect service by mid-summer.
Those in the phase one area can expect a knock on their doors in the near future as NCTC contractors drop by to explain the process in more detail. Additionally, NCTC will contact you by phone or mail to schedule an appointment for installation once service is available in your area.
To show interest or to stay up to date about when fiber internet may be coming to your neighborhood, be sure to sign up at fiber.NCTC.com.
2:23PM October 31, 2018
The first of three phases of work needed to bring NCTC’s world-class fiber internet to the Claypool-Boyce is nearing completion.
Work on the right of way is in progress, and boring near Highway 231 will begin once we receive state permits. Crews should begin work by mid-November.
You are the reason NCTC is able to bring some of the fastest internet available to your neighborhood. If you haven’t already been contacted, expect a knock on your door soon regarding potential fiber placement.
To show interest or to stay up to date about when fiber internet may be coming to your neighborhood, be sure to sign up at fiber.NCTC.com.
3:32PM September 06, 2018
Make plans to attend the 2018 Parade of Homes, Sept. 13-16 where builders, furnishers and providers will be showing off the latest trends in craftsmanship and technology. NCTC will be onsite throughout the event at the entrance to the Drakes Ridge subdivision with examples of how fiber internet can transform your house into the smart home of your dreams.
With the fastest internet available, your entire home can run automatically. Whether it's a video-controlled doorbell you can talk through, an automatic thermostat that knows when you're home, a fire alarm that automatically calls a company or a lighting system that changes depending on the time of day, you can save money and stay safe with the latest in smart home technology.
Stop by NCTC's mobile office to learn more about how you can make sure fiber is available where you plan to build, or to provide NCTC with the level of interest in your neighborhood.
2:12PM June 28, 2018
Meet the Marquezes.
Searching for a new home, David and Leolie Marquez, along with their teenage children, were looking for the best of both worlds: great internet and rural living.
David teaches Sculpture in the Department of Art at Western Kentucky University in nearby Bowling Green, and Leolie does marketing for a global company, where she spends 70 percent of her day videoconferencing from home.
Their children, 14-year-old David and 12-year-old Gabriella, attend Greenwood High School and Drakes Creek Middle School, respectively. The two find themselves using the internet for homework research, as well as entertainment.
The search for somewhere near David’s university with the broadband capability for Leolie’s job, led them to Drakes Ridge, where NCTC had recently built fiber to the home access at the request of homeowners in the area.
As the first residents of the subdivision and the first to sign up for NCTC’s newly built fiber connection, the Marquezes are laying the foundation for what will be a well-connected community.
12:38PM May 30, 2018
Due to the overwhelming response from the Claypool-Boyce area, NCTC is bringing high-speed fiber connections to Southeast Warren County, near the Allen County line. The Claypool-Boyce fiber build will be broken into three phases to accommodate the large area and great interest.
The engineering, design and staking for phase 1 will begin shortly. And with cooperation from the weather, both engineering and construction should take just a few months. NCTC will keep you updated as the timeline progresses.
You and your neighbors made this happen, and NCTC is excited to bring world-class fiber internet to your neighborhood. Expect a knock on your door soon regarding potential fiber placement.
You may notice some of the zones changing as we refine our distribution area. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to develop our target areas. To show interest or stay up to date on when fiber internet may be coming to your neighborhood, be sure to sign up at fiber.NCTC.com.
4:19PM April 06, 2018
North Central recently received
approval for an infrastructure loan to
make broadband available throughout
the service area, and much of the
expansion will include fiber to the
premises — a fiber network will lead
directly to your home or business.
Hillsdale exchange — Expect service
availability later this year.
Willette area — Almost complete; North Central is currently selecting a contractor to finish the remainder.
Green Grove — Engineering will begin soon.
1:21PM October 24, 2017
12:32PM September 18, 2017
Officials from NCTC and Stewart Richey gathered with contractors and members of the media for the the unveiling of a “Gig Neighborhood” sign Monday. The ceremony was held to welcome NCTC to Warren County and designate Drakes Ridge as the newest subdivision to have access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country.
A nationally certified Gig Capable Provider, NCTC will offer residents broadband internet, digital TV packages and voice over IP phone service. NCTC’s advanced internet connections are capable of speeds higher than those available in many of the nation’s largest cities — up to a gig, which is 1,000 megabits per second.
“We’ve been met with a tremendous response from people in Warren County who are excited about a reliable, lightning-fast fiber internet connection backed by the high level of customer service NCTC is known for,” says Nancy White, CEO of NCTC. Based in Lafayette, Tennessee, NCTC serves nearby Scottsville, Kentucky.
The company began work this summer building its advanced fiber network into Bowling Green in support of KentuckyWired, the state’s program focused on building a fiber backbone, or middle mile, across Kentucky.
Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Johnny Young of NCTC, Troy Davis of NCTC, Tim Collins of NCTC, Scottie Perdue of NCTC, Anthony Reid of NCTC, Clint Carter of NCTC, Patrick Coley of NCTC, Greg Ballou of NCTC, Anthony Morgan of NCTC, Eric Ramsey of NCTC, Bob Smith of NCTC, Nancy White of NCTC, Roddy Grimes of Stewart Richey, Buster Stewart of Stewart Richey, Rodney Rogers of Stewart Richey, Ryan Stokes of Stewart Richey and contractor Barret Hammer.