Building for Technology
The technology industry is as susceptible as any other to the impact of
trends. Aside from their interest in facilities and internet connections,
With an eye to the “green” trend and a goal of attracting the companies
that follow it, West Kentucky & Tennessee Telecom (WK&T; Mayfield, Ky.)
purchased the defunct Mid-Continent University’s campus in Mayfield,
Ky., and created the WK&T Tech Park. The 53-acre mixed-use park
“[allows] WK&T’s network to serve as an economic engine to attract jobs
to our region,” according to Chief Executive Officer Trevor Bonnstetter.
The long-term vision for the project, said Chief Operating Officer Karen
Jackson-Furman, is to leverage WK&T’s technology with the strength of
University) to attract new businesses to the area and encourage expan-
sion of existing businesses. WK&T’s fiber-fed broadband is the linchpin
of the park’s technology plan, giving the entire facility gigabit speeds,
high redundancy and some of the lowest latency in the nation.
Broadband aside, the site boasts some serious business draws. The
park is within a couple hours of several large metropolitan areas, has
access to major airports and has more than 100,000 square feet of usable
How Telcos Tap Trends
and Drive Diversification
elcos pride themselves on knowing their customers and their service areas.
Some companies boast centuries-long connections to their exchanges,
bringing a deep, informed understanding of the history and trajectory of
the communities they serve. Because of their commitment to service,
many telcos cultivate a wide perspective on various trends while retaining a
sharp focus on fitting trends to their core customer base. By finding this
inflection point, rural telcos translate larger trends into niche services for
their customers—pursuing trends that fill service gaps and make their
communities richer, more diversified and more vibrant areas.
Employees Jeremy Timmerman (top) and Nick Curley (bottom) of LNE Communications’
subsidiary Lowden Plumbing, Heating and Electrical.