We are committed to improving connectivity for rural Kansans to help create opportunities for families, businesses, and communities.
Gig Fiber Connections Coming Soon to Rural Clearwater
In November, 2021, we announced that we are expanding our fiber network to nearly 100 rural Clearwater homes north of town. Residents and businesses will have access to up to 1 Gbps for both download and upload. That’s 50 times faster download than the top speed available with DSL.
For a limited time, we’re offering our 1 Gbps package and Managed Wi-Fi FREE for two months!*
*Restrictions may apply. All offers subject to change. Exclusive offer for residents in SKT’s new fiber construction build zones.
Construction is underway, beginning in the area of 55th & 151st followed by the Harvest Valley neighborhood at 95th & 199th. Project maps are included below.
- 55th & 151st: Construction and fiber splicing is complete. Installations begin in June.
- Harvest Valley Neighborhood, 95th & 199th: Our construction partner, DLS Underground, will place the mainline duct and pull in the fiber-optic cable in June. Next, crews will begin burying fiber to homes, complete splicing, and begin installations. We anticipate this area to be complete in July.
- 71st & 263rd: Our partner, Wichita Utilities, is nearing completion on construction, including mainline and drops to homes. Next, crews will complete splicing and begin installations. We anticipate this area to be complete by late summer or early fall.
- 71st & 215th: Construction will begin soon. We anticipate this area to be complete in late summer or early fall.
Optical Network Terminal (ONT)
SKT technicians will mount a box called an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) on the exterior of current customer homes and businesses. Those interested in new service should use the form below to approve installation of the ONT or call us at 888.758.8976. Priority will be given to those who submit their approval first.
The ONT measures 12 inches by 10 inches by 4 inches. In addition, there will be a box installed to supply power to the ONT. This box will also contain a battery backup in case of a power outage. It measures 8 inches by 7 inches by 4 inches.
The next step is burying the fiber optic line and connecting it to the home or building. It will not be necessary for homeowners and business owners to be present while this work is performed.
Fiber internet outperforms any other broadband technology, reaching unmatched speeds with low lag time and sending data as fast as about 70% the speed of light.
Fiber connections can easily support remote work, education, telehealth, video conferencing, streaming, gaming, e-commerce, and more for individuals and families.
Fiber is the most reliable internet technology, delivering a signal less susceptible than cable, copper, or spectrum-based services to interference or deterioration of performance due to distance or climate conditions.
Fiber is capable of handling the increasing demand for bandwidth, allowing service to remain affordable and efficient for years to come.
Fiber gives businesses access to the bandwidth needed to quickly store and access information in the cloud, connect with remote employees and clients through video calls, maintain their online presence through websites and social media, and more.
Home Values Increase
Fiber makes your home more marketable to future homebuyers. Home values can increase by 3% to 7% with fiber connectivity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will I see working in my area while this project is underway?
SKT technicians will perform portions of the work; however, due to the scope of this project, SKT has hired contractors to assist with the engineering design and construction. All SKT contractors will have an “SKT Contractor” identification on their vehicles.
What is fiber internet?
Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) refers to the installation and use of fiber optic cables to carry digital information directly to homes and businesses. These cables can contain anywhere from one to hundreds of individual fibers, which are long, thin strands of pure glass about the diameter of a human hair.
Will fiber change how the current SKT services work?
Fiber will replace the infrastructure that currently provides telephone and DSL internet services in your area. There will be no change in the way telephone service works. SKT high-speed internet customers will no longer need an internet modem, as the ONT eliminates the need for one.
Committed to Rural Kansas Communities
“When it comes to advocating for cutting-edge communications and connectivity for rural Kansans, SKT and Twin Valley have been industry leaders for more than 75 years. We have made intentional infrastructure investments to help rural families, businesses, and communities thrive for generations, and this project reflects our commitment to offering the most reliable broadband network.”
– Ben Foster, SKT & Twin Valley President & CEO
Watch for email updates and information in your mailbox about this project. Fill out the form below to request a callback to get details and to select your new internet package.
If you are interested in new service, fill out the form below to be added to our approved construction list and to review your options with a customer service representative.