West Kentucky Goes IP

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West Kentucky Telephone, a 54-year-old rural phone company is saying goodbye to its old infrastructure and is going all IP. It will soon offer ADSL2Plus connections to its 18,000 customers. The deployment starts in early 2006. This is not the only little community that is getting supersonic broadband. Many small and rural phone companies are going in for an IP makeover. West Kentucky Telephone will replace all of its legacy digital loop carriers (DLCs) and will use Occam broadband loop carrier equipment to deliver Triple Play services – voice, video and high-speed data – to its subscribers in Western Ky. and Northwestern Tenn. As part of the package, WKT will be selling HD video to its customers!

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This is interesting … a few years back I was giving a presentation to several audiences that predicted this. In the blog for the course I am teaching, I have been urging my students to consider the problems that ILECs are facing today, and how they might respond. This is good grist for the mill…

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