Nex-Tech Marks Safe Digging Month with Gov. Kelly

April 1, 2024

The month of April is National Safe Digging Month (NSDM). Governor Laura Kelly issued a proclamation marking the month and calling Kansans to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging project. Nex-Tech through the umbrella of the Communications Coalition of Kansas (CCK) was part of a signing ceremony in Topeka. Nex-Tech has dug and laid thousands of miles of fiber optic cables across Kansas, thereby connecting thousands of Kansans to high-speed broadband.

Earlier in March, I was out in the field in Hays where I met with Nex-Tech Construction Foreman Mitch Hartman, as well as Construction Assistants Trace Jenkins, Bryden Morris, and others. On that visit, I saw a glimpse of the planning, preparation, and thought that Nex-Tech puts into the laying of fiber to homes and businesses. Nex-Tech encourages community members to call 811 before they begin digging projects to prevent injuries, property damage, or utility outages like a fiber cut.

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Friday Otuya
Community Engagement Specialist

Friday Otuya /əoTU:ya:/ drives our multifaceted community economic development efforts and is the Nex-Tech contact for all our loan and grant programs. His vision is to position Nex-Tech as the community economic development partner of choice in Kansas for federal, state, and local stakeholders.  He lives with his wife and son in Hays, KS.

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