North Central Telephone Cooperative

Lafayette, Tenn.

Area Served: 900 square miles

Population: 27,500

Technical Highlights: The company provides fiber and ADSL2+ service ranging up to 1 Gbps to residential and business users.

Healthcare

Following a 2008 tornado that killed 14 people and destroyed 231 homes, the company undertook comprehensive broadband commitments and now serves Macon County General Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, and has reduced certain diagnostic protocols involving CT scans and x-rays from a length of days to a span of minutes.