Partnering to bring powerful change to communications in our region.


Advancements in digital technology enhance global communication, information-sharing, and in many ways quality of life. The increasing demand for availability of this technology is why, over the last two decades, twelve independent telephone companies in the Greater Tennessee area came together with the goal of delivering a 100% fiber-optic broadband network, with particular interest in servicing underserved rural markets.

Through careful planning to build a powerful network with a world-class fiber-optic infrastructure, the members combined their industry experience to form iRis Networks, partnering to bring positive change to the people and businesses of our region.

iRis is proud to provide robust security, with route diversity and self-healing redundant SONET architecture to allow easier switching of fiber optics links and enable broadband transport for voice, video and data services.

Founding Members

  • Highland Telephone Cooperative
  • Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative
  • Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative
  • North Central Telephone Cooperative
  • Scott County Telephone Cooperative
  • DeKalb Telephone Cooperative




  • West Kentucky Telephone Cooperative
  • Loretto Telephone Company
  • United Communications
  • Ardmore Telephone Company
  • Millington Telephone Company
  • Ben Lomand Rural Telephone Cooperative

Notable Distinctions

Named Music City Fortune 50 Company by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce
Named one of the Fast 50 Companies by Business Tennessee
Ranked #153 of the "HOT 500" growing companies by Entrepreneur Magazine