Twin Lakes designated a Certified Gig-Capable Provider and Smart Rural Community

Plans tour of area to celebrate

Designations awarded by the NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association

GAINESBORO – Twin Lakes has been recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in their serving areas. At the same time, the areas served by Twin Lakes have been designated a Smart Rural Community by NTCA. Twin Lakes plans a tour of the service area to celebrate awards.

As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, Twin Lakes joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering internet speeds up to one gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. Smart Rural Community designation is given to telecommunications companies that build broadband networks throughout their service areas and provide technological innovation to the residents and businesses there. NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that drive innovation in rural and small-town America.

To achieve Gig-Capable certification, companies must show that gigabit technology is commercially available within 95 percent of one or more areas within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. You can learn more about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification program at

The Smart Rural Community designation is achieved via a rigorous application process. The award recognizes Twin Lakes for its advanced infrastructure—not available in many more highly populated areas—and for providing technology that has bred innovation and ensures communities and businesses thrive. Twin Lakes serves 1,950 square miles and a population of more than 67,348 with the most advanced broadband technology available today. NTCA defines a Smart Rural Community as one that “uses broadband networks to enable applications that the community can leverage for innovative economic development and commerce, blue-ribbon education, first-rate health care, cutting-edge government services, robust security and more efficient energy distribution and use.”

More information about the NTCA’s Smart Rural Community award can be obtained here:

“The board and employees of Twin Lakes are thrilled to receive both the Gig-Capable provider designation and the Smart Rural Community award,” says Jonathan West, General Manager/CEO of Twin Lakes. “Our team has worked tirelessly to serve our communities with the fastest, most reliable fiber Internet network available today, and these designations are a fitting recognition of our efforts on behalf of our customers.”

Twin Lakes will be touring the service area to celebrate the awards with local officials and residents. The tour schedule is as follows:

About Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation was incorporated under the laws of Tennessee on March 13, 1951. In the decades since, it has grown to offer broadband Internet, television, home phone, and security/smart home services. Twin Lakes provides service to the following areas: Baxter, Byrdstown, Celina, Chestnut Mound, Clarkrange, Cookeville South, Crawford, Gainesboro, Granville, Highland, Jamestown, Livingston, Moss, North Springs, and Rickman.

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