Bluegrass Cellular is becoming part of Verizon but Bluegrass Network will remain and continue to offer ethernet and internet services across the state.

Bluegrass Network, which previously was an affiliate of Bluegrass Cellular, will work with its partners Brandenburg Telephone, Duo Broadband, North Central Telephone, South Central Telephone and LTC Connect, to expand the use of the 400-plus miles of fiber-optic cable it has in place throughout central Kentucky.

Bluegrass Network has offices in Elizabethtown and Bowling Green and employs approximately 45 people.

The Bluegrass Network board of directors named Doug Updegraff as president and general manager and Bryan Bell was named vice president of business operations, a news release from the organization said.

Updegraff said last month’s Verizon announcement will have no impact on Bluegrass Network’s operations. In the news release, he said it will continue to provide the same top-quality services to its commercial customers.

In the Oct. 19 announcement announcing the agreement between Verizon and Bluegrass Cellular, the companies announced the national carrier would be acquiring “certain assets” of Bluegrass Cellular. The sale involved the commercial cellular business which serves 210,000 customers across 34 counties in central Kentucky.