TCT is proud to say that our service communities are distinguished as Smart Rural/GIG Certified Communities from the NTCA, a national association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies. The Smart Rural Community award is part of the NTCA’s initiative to highlight efforts that make rural communities vibrant places to live and do business.

Plant Your Roots Where There’s Space to Grow

Our customers choose rural Kansas, because they value community. We empower them to make that choice by ensuring they never have to sacrifice access to high-speed internet to plant roots in the place they love.

We’re Not Keeping Up — We’re Leading the Way

Just one in five U.S. households enjoys access to a “fiber to the premises” (FTTP) internet connection. 

Meanwhile, in rural Kansas, we provide this advanced form of high-speed internet to all of our service communities. If it sounds like we’re a step ahead of some of the nation’s largest cities, it’s because we are.

Live and Learn… and Never Miss a Game

We care about your access to high-speed internet, because we know it has become central to your career, your connection with friends and family and your child’s education. Not to mention streaming your favorite TV shows, catching every important sports moment and so much more.

What is a Smart Rural Community?

What does it mean to be a Smart Rural Community? It means that homes, businesses, schools and public facilities all have access to broadband, and the community is using that broadband to improve economic, educational, health and social conditions for their citizens! TCT’s service area communities are all connected to broadband via TCT’s 100% Fiber Optic communications network. Only 1 in 5 households in the U.S. have access to a Fiber to the Premise connection, so that means that TCT’s service communities are ahead of some of the largest cities in the country, when it comes to broadband access!

Home, Sweet…Smart, Home

What is Fiber?

Optical fiber uses light instead of electricity to carry a signal. It is unique because it can carry high bandwidth signals over long distances without degradation.

Why is a Fiber connection superior to other types of connections?

Connecting homes directly to Fiber Optics enormously improves bandwidth. DSL transmission speeds are much slower. Satellite offers video, but it cannot offer robust broadband Internet service because the subscriber can only download the signal. Wireless broadband is subject to spectrum availability, which limits the bandwidth and applications. Fiber Optic technology can provide two-way transmission speeds of up to 100 megabits per second and ongoing improvements in Fiber Optic equipment are constantly increasing the availability of bandwidth without requiring upgrades to network; that’s why Fiber networks are said to be “future proof.”

Why do we need all that bandwidth?

The world is moving toward vastly higher bandwidth applications. Companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are streaming the content your family wants to watch or download. More people are uploading video and nearly all digital devices connect to the internet. Gamers want access to more powerful multi-player applications, and distance learning, telemedicine and opportunities for telecommuting and working at home are increasing. As these internet applications grow more common a connection to bandwidth will become as essential as running water and electricity.

Learn More About Our Smart Rural Communities!

If you are looking for a place to relocate your business or to call home, TCT encourages you to consider any one of our wonderful service communities, which all have access to TCT’s award winning, reliable, Fiber Optic broadband Network! To learn more contact Angie Schwerdtfeger at 620.767.9014 or email

Already live in a TCT Smart Rural Community?

Tell us what makes your community great! We want to hear from you about why your community is a great place to live and do business! Participate in our community survey by clicking on your community’s link below: