Carolines Wells of Russell Springs has been named a Duo Broadband Scholar at Lindsey Wilson College. Pictured, from left, LWC Director of Admissions Charity Ferguson; Well’s brother, Lane; Caroline Wells; and Duo Broadband Chief Executive Officer Tom Preston.

By: Venus Popplewell
LWC Director of Public Relations

COLUMBIA, KY -- A Russell County resident has been named a DUO Broadband Scholar at Lindsey Wilson College.

Caroline Wells of Russell Springs, Kentucky, has received the Lindsey Wilson DUOBroadband Scholarship. She will attend the liberal arts college in the fall.

The $3,000 tuition scholarship is given annually to a first-time, full-time Lindsey Wilson freshman from DUO Broadband's service area, which includes parts of Adair, Cumberland, Casey, Clinton, Russell and Taylor counties.

"DUO Broadband is proud to continue this partnership with Lindsey Wilson College," said DUO Broadband Director of Business Operations Eric West. "Duo Broadband understands that it is important to support our local youths' pursuit of higher education."

The daughter of Scott and Marsha Wells of Russell Springs, Wells plans to major in biology at LWC.

While at Russell County High School, Wells was involved in several activities, including:
Boss Club, Pep Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a member of the varsity softball team. She was also named “Best All-around” student by her classmates.

DUO Broadband has supported the scholarship program for more than two decades at Lindsey Wilson College.

"Because of DUO Broadband's commitment to our young people's educational needs, this region has a bright future," said Lindsey Wilson Director of Admissions Charity Ferguson.

Based in Jamestown, Ky., DUO Broadband delivers telecom services with advanced fiber-optic technology. DUO Broadband is the region's only provider of light-speed fiber optic broadband internet to homes and businesses.

DUO Broadband lineman on truck.

The community of Jabez and parts of Casey County will soon be getting fiber internet service thanks to two grants totaling over $4,000,000 to be matched with a DUO Broadband investment. As part of his Better Kentucky Plan, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday investments across the state to expand high-speed internet to more than 34,000 Kentucky families and businesses.

Tom Preston, DUO Broadband CEO, said Monday the fiber expansion will bring hight-speed internet to over 850 people. “I can’t tell you what an impact that has on people’s lives, for remote healthcare, remote learning, just a better quality of life,” said Preston. “We take great pride in that.”

While a timeline for the expansion has not been determined, the fiber extension is considered a high priority. DUO Broadband was one of the first telecom’s in Kentucky to deploy a fiber optic network, beginning over two decades ago.

The awards announced today are the result of a bipartisan agreement signed into law by Gov. Beshear in April 2021 that allocated $300 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars to bring internet access to unserved and underserved communities across the commonwealth.

In a statement sent to the governor, Preston expressed his appreciation for the grants. “On behalf of our employees, our board of directors, and everybody involved, we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

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Thanks to everyone who attended!

This year's annual meeting was a huge success, with over 600 in attendance, over 300 members and 24 exciting door prizes given away!

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BE ONE OF THE LUCKY NUMBERS!

The Annual Meeting of the members of Duo County Telephone Cooperative Corp., Inc. will be held TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. CDT (registration will begin at 6:00 P.M.) at the RUSSELL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL gymnasium, located on Highway 127 between Russell Springs and Jamestown, for the purpose of electing Trustees and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. In accordance with the bylaws, the Cooperative’s Board consists of seven (7) Trustees. Three (3) Trustees are to be elected by the members at this Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee met April 11, 2022 and nominated the following candidates to serve as Trustees, subject to the vote of the members:

  • Russell Springs Exchange – Randy Hart
  • Cumberland Exchange – William Norris
  • Jamestown Exchange – Sharon Hill

All cooperative members in attendance will be issued a number and will be eligible for a variety of valuable prizes. 

This is your Cooperative. Your attendance and support are greatly appreciated.

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And thanks to improved integration, more devices can communicate with each other to expand the possibilities for customizing your own smart home. To work optimally, the latest smart home technology requires fast, reliable high speed Internet using WiFi 6 technology. DUO Broadband’s GigaSpire BLAST router is always up to date with the latest WiFi technology. And our GigaMesh extenders provide seamless, targeted coverage to outlying devices. Learn more about DUO's managed WiFi and how it can help you.

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Lisa Back and Julie Grant join Eric West and Sherry Selby to form a team serving the telecommunications needs of businesses in all communities DUO Broadband serves. Lisa brings twelve years of customer service experience and Julie Grant, with four years in customer service, will focus on the expanding markets of Albany, Burkesville, Campbellsville, Columbia, and Liberty.

Julie and Lisa join Business Account Manager, Sherry Selby, a 15-year DUO Broadband veteran, who serves Campbellsville but provides assistance in all markets as needed. Eric West, Director of Business Operations with 22 years experience, rounds out the team and focuses on Russell County. The Business Team has the resources and flexibility to provide professional, knowledgable service for all DUO Broadband business customers.

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