Founded in 1911, we have been family owned from the start, and have become a trusted internet service provider and community member in our service areas. We strive to provide the best and up-to-date services possible. We have participated in community initiatives to connect students during the COVID-19 Pandemic (See more on "Connecting the Children" Here), and sponsor many community events. We participate in the LifeLine Program which is a federal benefit that lowers the cost of essential communication services to our qualifying customers, and also offer the “Connect a Veteran” program.
Today, Cross Telephone continues to expand our Fiber network to support the communities we serve by providing them with the technology needed to conduct business, get an education, and stay connected. While we are a legacy company, we are committed to the future of rural Oklahoma, a place we are proud to serve and call home.
Cross' main offices are located in Warner, OK with two additional retail locations in Checotah, OK and Stigler, OK. We are a significant employer within our service areas and provide competitive wages and benefits packages. We not only support our communities by providing quality broadband servies but we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer and provider.
In the News
USDA invests $26.4 million in high-speed broadband in rural Oklahoma Oct 29, 2020 | Muskogee Phoenix
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26.4 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Oklahoma. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.
“Access to a high-speed internet connection is a cornerstone of prosperity, and unfortunately many of America’s rural communities lack access to this critical infrastructure,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to leveraging all available resources and being a strong partner to rural communities in deploying high-speed broadband e-Connectivity to the people, businesses and community facilities that don’t have access yet. Connecting America’s rural communities to this essential infrastructure is one of USDA’s top priorities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Cross Cable Television LLC will use a $15.8 million ReConnect grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to connect 2,815 people, 125 farms, nine businesses, one educational facility and a fire department to high-speed broadband internet in Haskell and Muskogee counties in Oklahoma.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
FCC Recognizes Warner Public Schools and Cross Telephone as 2020 DOER Honorees September 14, 2020 | FCC
Commissioner Starks announces the honorees of the inaugural Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition (DOER) Program, which was created to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Americans working to close the digital divide in communities without access to affordable, reliable broadband...
Commissioner Starks issued the following statement about this year’s DOER honorees:
“It is clear that our long-standing digital divide has morphed into a monstrous new COVID-19 divide. From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic through now, I have heard stories about the innovative and rapid ways individuals, non-profit organizations, and companies are responding to the connectivity needs of people across this country who are seeking access to medical professionals via telehealth services, education, and safe ways to communicate with family and friends. In response to these efforts, I put out an open call to hear about heroic DOERs who have stepped up in their communities to ensure that no one gets left behind because they lack broadband connectivity. The DOER Program received an overwhelming response to that call with more than 60 submitted applications, each one impressive and laudable, and demonstrating a true commitment to serving communities through acts of substance and consequence, big and small, generosity and selflessness both during the pandemic and prior to the recent events that have changed our nation.
Because of all of the strong nominations I received, alongside my advisory board, narrowing down the honorees was very challenging. I believe every applicant is worthy of recognition but there were several that rose to the top because of the scope of their accomplishments and the impact they made. From rural areas to urban corridors, students to seniors, to say this year’s DOER honorees are a stellar group is an understatement. The scope of their accomplishments includes:
· Nationwide efforts that cover all 50 states;
· Specific and focused work in cities like Detroit, San Diego, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City and across rural communities like Audubon, Iowa; Palmer, Alaska; and Northern Minnesota;
· Hundreds of community hotspots;
· Connections for over 600,000 students to devices and broadband during the pandemic;
· Connections to 16,000 public housing units;
· Thousands of miles of rural connectivity;
· Support for thousands of school districts, 160 library branches and community locations such as hospitals;
· Legal and governmental outreach and support to over 400 tribal communities;
· Thousands of jobs attained which have supported both families and the economy;
I am immensely proud of the work Americans are doing across this country to connect those who are being left behind. Below are the awardees, as recognized in three categories: Individual(s), Organization, and Corporation. Congratulations to all, and please keep up the hard work.”
Warner Public Schools - In partnership with Cross Telephone, Warner Public Schools launched the Connect the Children program to connect all students without an internet connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the goal of keeping students connected at low to virtually no cost to their families, they connected over 400 students to the internet for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year – over 200 of which had no connectivity prior to the pandemic.
Cross Telephone Connects Warner Students to Distance Learning May 13, 2020 | OneNet
When Warner Public Schools Superintendent David Vinson contacted Cross Telephone for help with connecting students for distance learning, the team at Cross didn’t hesitate to offer their assistance. Together the school and Cross developed the Connecting the Children program to connect the nearly 200 students in Warner without internet access, so they can complete their school work.
Cross has always been proactive in providing the various connectivity needs of the schools within their service areas and had begun to prepare for the possibility that there would be an imminent need for connectivity within the communities they serve when the COVID-19 virus became a serious concern.
Cross created a dedicated team to focus on the Connecting the Children program. Seven team members dedicated 100% of their time to the project. This team handled everything from the first interaction with the customer to completing the install.
As Warner educators crafted their distance learning plan in the two weeks after spring break, Cross raced to lay lines and install modems in homes previously isolated by the digital divide, all at zero cost to families. The company connected nearly 200 households as distance learning began and boosted service to families who had an existing connection.
Warner, located 20 miles south of Muskogee, serves about 800 students in its rural community. Before the project, only 50% of Warner students had reliable internet at home. Now, 95% are learning online.
ELEVATE: Connecting a Community | Warner boosts distance learning by bridging digital divide May 1, 2020 | Oklahoma State Department of Education
When Oklahoma school buildings closed after spring break due to COVID-19 precautions, first-grader Ragan Hubler was still connected to her teacher through an internet hot spot at home. But when both her parents found out they would be working from home too, the Hublers knew they were in a bind because of their limited internet capacity.
“It’s probably sad to say,”said Ragan’s mother, Sarah Hubler, “but with me and her dad both working from home, that would take precedence over her getting to do her learning during the day. She would have had to do it at alternate times so that we could work and not lose our jobs.”
But thanks to Connect the Children, a pilot program created through a partnership between Cross Telephone and Warner Public Schools, Ragan, like nearly all Warner students, is now completing her lessons online.