Rural Telephone and its subsidiaries, Nex-Tech and Nex-Tech Directory are recognized as leaders in Northwest Kansas’ increasingly diverse and competitive field of telecommunications. By diversifying the company’s interests and services offered, we have remained ahead of the pack and will continue to pave the way for development in this region. Our goal at Rural Telephone is to provide the highest quality service possible to our customers at affordable prices, while using our growth as a company to boost the region’s economy. By maintaining this commitment to excellence and using our success to promote the area, we feel that we are keeping our customers up to date with the amazing advances in the world’s technology, and are taking the lead in the field by bringing cutting edge technology into their homes.

Rural Telephone and its subsidiaries are the very best at what they do, making every consideration for our customers’ wants and needs. Customer service is stressed to each employee, with the goal of making every interaction with a Rural Telephone employee a positive experience.

The company has been serving the area since 1951, when the company was brought into existence as a cooperative with an elected nine-member board. The organization has experienced dramatic growth. Rural Telephone now serves 29 telephone exchanges with more than 12,000 access lines. The company itself has more than 200 full-time employees, a 600% increase in the last decade alone.

Rural Telephone is a competitive, customer oriented, Kansas-based telecommunications provider heavily oriented toward high-speed data and computer applications. On the leading edge of communications technology, Rural Telephone is involved in many areas of the communications industry and rural economic development. Rural Telephone’s diversity is evident in its subsidiaries.

Nex-Tech is the hardware and equipment sales, leasing and service subsidiary of Rural Telephone. Nex-Tech continues to offer the latest products and services to assist businesses in productivity and enhancement to prepare them for new and evolving telecommunication products and services. Nex-Tech specializes in High-Speed Data Connections, Telecommunications for Multi-Locations, Business Telephone Systems, Fax Machines, Voice Mail and Wide Area Paging Systems. Nex-Tech is Rural Telephone’s Internet Service Provider (ISP), providing high quality service and one of the fastest Internet connections in Kansas. Nex-Tech offers local dial-up access to more than 50 communities in Western Kansas. Along with dial-up access, Nex-Tech also offers dedicated access to school systems, Web Site Development and Hosting, e-mail and newsgroup access to all of its subscribers. Questions can be answered by experienced help desk personnel at tech@ruraltel.net .

Nex-Tech is the cable television subsidiary of Rural Telephone. Nex-Tech utilizes coaxial and fiber optic cable to deliver regional and satellite television information and entertainment programming. Nex-Tech offers service to communities in Southwest Nebraska, Northwest Kansas and North Central Kansas.

Nex-Tech is one of Kansas’ largest and most diversified integrators of computer and communication technologies. Nex-Tech provides complete installation, education, support and service of IBM AS/400, Microsoft Windows 2000/2003 Server and Novell local and wide area networks as well as document imaging systems, personal computer applications and a wide variety of peripheral devices. Nex-Tech serves the entire state of Kansas with offices in Hays, Salina and Dodge City.

Nex-Tech Directory is the offical directory of Rural Telephone. Providing the most timely and accurate listing information available, The Nex-Tech Directory features comprehensive white page listings, yellow page listings and advertising information. Over 50,000 directories are distributed annually to homes and businesses throughout the Northwest Kansas area.

Nex-Tech is also a video production company specializing in Educational, Commercial, Training, Orientation, Travel, Tourism, Economic Development and Corporate Marketing Videos. They utilize the most advanced equipment to produce and edit video production projects, giving customers a high quality and powerful video at an affordable price.

Nex-Tech is also providing long distance service to subscribers in Rural Telephone’s service area. With Nex-Tech Long Distance, subscribers receive one bill for local and long distance service, earn aditional capital credits and interact with local Customer Service Representatives. By providing this wide array of services to the area, Rural Telephone has positioned itself to be the technological leader in Northwest Kansas and is truly bringing High Tech to the High Plains!