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March 23, 2020

Kansas telecommunication companies sign FCC pledge

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Several Kansas independent rural telephone companies have signed the Federal Communications Commission's Keep Americans Connected Pledge in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following Kansas companies have signed the pledge and may be able to help K-Staters across the state with internet services. 

• Blue Valley — Home, near Marysville
• Consolidated — several small companies around Kansas
• Craw-Kan — southeast Kansas
• Cunningham Telephone
• Epic/Elkhart
• Golden Belt — south of Hays
• KanOkla — south-central Kansas
• Madison Telephone
• Moundridge
• Mutual Telephone — Little River
• Nex-Tech — northwest Kansas
• Peoples Telecommunications — southeast Kansas
• Pioneer Communications — southwest Kansas
• Rainbow — northeast Kansas
• S&A — south of Topeka
• S&T — northwest Kansas
• SC Telcom — southwest Kansas
• Tri-County — Council Grove
• Twin Valley — Concordia/Beloit
• United Telephone — south of Dodge City
• Wilson Communications
• WTC — Wamego

For out of state students, read the FCC's website for the complete list of companies across the U.S. In addition, the following companies have issued special announcements regarding services during the pandemic. 

The pledge reads "Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, (the company name) pledges for the next 60 days to:

  • Not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them."

This announcement does not imply an endorsement of any one company.