ALLEN, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--S&A Telephone, a Highline company, is excited to announce that Governor Laura Kelly has announced its application in Lyon County has been selected for one of the CPF Broadband Grant Programs with an award of $3.76 million to connect 421 premises to high-speed fiber Internet.
Under this Kansas state program, S&A Telephone will be awarded a grant fund and will combine matching funds, which will provide a total investment into building and deploying the state-of-the-art fiber-optic infrastructure necessary to connect Lyon County residents to reliable high-speed internet service.
In utilizing these funds, S&A Telephone advances its core mission of providing lightning-fast, symmetrical gigabit-level internet access to unserved, underserved, and unhappily served households and rural communities. The ability to provide broadband service in Lyon County will help address the digital divide, that has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought into stark focus the difficulties associated with working remotely, schooling at home, and receiving telehealth services.
Scott Briggs, County Commissioner at Lyon County, commented: “Congratulations to S&A Telephone Company on being chosen as part of the Kansas Capital Project Funds Broadband Grant Program. When Lyon County reached out to S&A to be involved in our initiative to bring broadband to every home in Lyon County, Josh Reese and his team met many times to identify the need and the way to solve it. This turned out to be the perfect public-private partnership that will help the community achieve the 'last mile.' This endeavor will make schools, businesses, and our economic development ready to compete with the world. I am very proud to call you partners!”
Josh Reece, Highline Operations Supervisor at S&A Telephone, shared his enthusiasm for the grant award: "I am very excited that S&A and Lyon County have received this Capital Projects Fund. We look forward to connecting the 421 additional underserved homes to our fiber network. The difference will change lives for the better in this community."
S&A Telephone has been serving the areas of Allen, Admire, and Scranton since the late 1930s. The company has recently extended its fiber network to serve a portion of the Americus community.
Residents and businesses that are interested in S&A’s fiber services can contact S&A at 800-626-8859 or visit us at SAoffice@satelephone.com.