Junction City Among First Markets of Its Size to Gain Access to 2 Gbps Fiber Internet
27 Sep 2023
News, Client Feature Article, Quality of Life
This article originally appeared on and was written for Junction City-Geary County Economic Development Commission by Golden Shovel Agency.
Junction City, the county seat of Geary County, Kansas, boasts superb internet connectivity thanks to Twin Valley, a 4th-generation family-owned local provider of gigabit broadband, fixed wireless, and managed IT services. Twin Valley is the largest privately-owned broadband and communications company in the state.
The company is ahead of schedule for its fiber internet expansion. The first phase covering the business districts was completed in early 2022, allowing construction crews to move through subsequent residential phases faster than originally anticipated.
Junction City is among the first markets of its size in the nation to receive 2 Gbps or 2,000 Mbps symmetrical fiber internet speeds. With speeds of this magnitude, subscribers can be assured there is enough internet connectivity to share with multiple users or devices within a home simultaneously.
In comparison, the current FCC minimum standard for broadband speed is 25/3 Mbps, a 2015 standard widely considered outdated given the importance of dependable access for so many of today’s online activities. The industry is shifting toward 100/100 Mbps as the new post-pandemic minimum to allow for the most basic connectivity.
“Reliable internet access is no longer a ‘nice to have,’” said Ben Foster, President & CEO of Twin Valley, “it’s a necessity for every household. From education to remote work, healthcare, and more, access depends on this crucial connectivity. We see this as the first step in creating opportunities and generational change for local individuals and families in need.”
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