MINNEAPOLIS — West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative (WK&T) is deploying the FieldSmart platform from Clearfield for fiber management and protection in central offices for its extensive fiber-to-the-home build.
WK&T’s $123.8 million fiber build is the largest project funded by the broadband stimulus program for a wireline, last-mile network. It will allow WK&T to offer advanced telecommunications services over fiber to 21,000 homes and business across the company’s 9-county service area in west Kentucky and northwest Tennessee. Construction has begun on three of the 22 exchanges within the serving area, and the project is scheduled to be completed within the next three years.
“We conducted a thorough and stringent process of selecting partners for the stimulus award at west Kentucky. Clearfield’s dedication to superior functionality and technology at a fair price were the prime factors in our selection,” comments Ray Cantrell, CTO of WK&T. “Not only do the panel systems allow us the flexibility to deploy in multiple environments, but the cassettes offer many different features that we feel are an added value.”
Cantrell adds, “I would be remiss if I didn’t mention support. Clearfield leads the industry in their consultative approach to problem solving.”