SKT is being rebranded to Twin Valley, the brand of the company that acquired it in April 2021. The rebranding will be completed this year.
Twin Valley says that at the time of the acquisition it and SKT were the two largest independently-owned telecommunications companies in Kansas. They have operated under one leadership team since the deal closed in October 2021. Twin Valley recently has undergone its own “brand refresh.”
They now will do business as Twin Valley but retain their legal identities. Twin Valley Management, Inc. is the holding company for Twin Valley Telephone, Inc., Twin Valley Communications, Inc., The Southern Kansas Telephone Company, Inc. and SKT, Inc.
Twin Valley has made several investments in Kansas since the SKT acquisition. It upgraded download speeds from 1 Gbps to 2 Gbps, moved to symmetrical 2 Gbps service, deployed FTTP networks in Junction City, Clearwater, Wichita and Haysville, lowered prices, offered free service to low-income families in the north-central, south-central and south-east parts of the state and deployed fixed wireless access (FWA) in Bennington, Clearwater and Viola.
“I’m proud of the dynamic team we have built, and this will position us to operate more efficiently as we execute our strategic growth plan,” Ben Foster, the President and CEO of the Twin Valley Family of Companies, said in a press release. “With our combined resources, our communities can expect continuous improvement of the customer experience, innovative technology advancements, and a more robust suite of products and services.”
Twin Valley’s intent to acquire SKT – which stands for Southern Kansas Telephone – was announced in November 2020. SKT provided voice, broadband, and security offerings to 23 communities in seven counties in the state. It had more than 10,000 “customer service touchpoints.”
SKT also held equity in the Kansas Fiber Network, an Internet and transport service to carriers and enterprises owned by 28 independent telecom companies.