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Governor Bevin, Congressman Rogers and others

KentuckyWired Statewide Broadband Network Initiative Moving Forward in Eastern Kentucky and Beyond

Contact: Amanda Stamper

Danielle Smoot

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) - Today Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers announced that the state’s broadband initiative, KentuckyWired, is moving forward with the initial build out in eastern Kentucky followed by the rest of the state. Since announced last year, significant progress has been made in engineering, site design and surveys along with strategic partnership agreements and more.

“Access to a skilled workforce is a critical factor for attracting employers, and is vital to making Kentucky’s economy robust and sustainable,” said Gov. Bevin. “Connecting companies and Kentuckians with high-speed, high-capacity Internet will lead to new opportunities and business growth. This will be a tremendous tool in growing our local economies and developing our workforce. Our administration is fully committed to the KentuckyWired project and we are excited at the possibilities before us as a result of its completion.”

“We are already getting a glimpse into the high-tech opportunities that will be available to Eastern Kentucky and across the Commonwealth with access to high-speed, high capacity broadband,” said Congressman Rogers, co-founder and co-chair of SOAR. “New jobs are being created through high-tech businesses, like BitSource in Pikeville and Interapt in Louisville, and grant funds have already been awarded to support planning projects for economic development and education. We are clearly on the right path and our future is looking brighter in our most rural communities.”  more

Watch KentuckyWired press conference highlights.  

When is KentuckyWired coming to my county?

Get schedule information here. Keep in mind this list is subject to change, as the design and build stages are still in their early stages. This schedule will change based on relocation of offices, building renovations and other changes made during the site verification process. Download the network map here


Recent Events

KYW Statewide Broadband Network Initiative Moving Forward in Eastern Kentucky and Beyond (Press Event)

     KYW Quick Facts 9-16-16.pdf

     Map with Rings 9-16-16.pdf

     Telecom Partners Map 9-16-16.pdf

     Infrastructure Partners 9.16.16.pdf

     Electric Partners Map 9-16-16.pdf

     Photo collage 9-16-16.pdf




Executive Director, Chris Moore, testified at the August 1st meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue – Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance, and Public Protection.  

Recent Presentations

Kentucky Wireless Interoperability Executive Committee 8.31.16.pdf

KY Cable and Telecommunications Conference 8.30.16.pdf

Governor's Local Issues Conference 8.25.16.pdf




What is KentuckyWired?

KentuckyWired, also referred to as Kentucky I-Way in eastern Kentucky, is a statewide, open-access fiber optic network which will deliver robust, reliable and affordable Internet to communities across the state through broadband technology.

Communities need reliable Internet to grow and thrive.  Unfortunately, Kentucky ranks at, or near, the bottom of national and international rankings of broadband speed and capacity.  This puts our state at a major disadvantage for attracting jobs, growing local business, and expanding education.

Broadband, like electricity, water and sewer, is now an essential service. However, it has been too expensive for private carriers to build out a high-speed, high-capacity network across the entire state.  With KentuckyWired, the state will be responsible for building out the middle portion of a fiber network. 

The success of KentuckyWired depends on building state and local partnerships that provide not only a middle mile connection but the last mile connections to local communities and residents.   Much like building the interstates did, KentuckyWired will change Kentucky's landscape, by driving economic growth and improving our quality of life.