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Kentucky Communications Network Authority Funding Allowed Gateway Area Development District Communities to Plan for High Speed Broadband

KCNA provided grant funds to GADD for planning

Frankfort, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2016) – Grant funding from the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) allowed more than 70 key Gateway Area Development District (GADD) stakeholders from Montgomery, Menifee, Morgan, Rowan and Bath counties to plan how to best prepare for taking advantage of the KentuckyWired high speed broadband network currently under construction.

The GADD board of directors recently approved a comprehensive strategic plan, or roadmap, that provides regional goals and strategies as well as county-specific recommendations for plugging into the KentuckyWired broadband “middle mile”. The goal is to increase awareness and adoption and provide effective, affordable high-speed internet to citizens and businesses.

“This successful collaboration offers the Gateway area a unique opportunity to become a leader in broadband access in the state and in the nation,” said Chris Moore, executive director of KCNA, the agency overseeing the KentuckyWired project. “This is exactly the type of collaboration effort we wanted to support with the grant funds we provided.” 

High speed internet will not only open up current opportunities, but also allow for the inevitable future growth and expansion of internet-based applications and technologies for communities to thrive. Broadband internet is now considered a necessary community infrastructure just like water, electricity and gas.

“This was a true partnership between the state, The Center for Rural Development, our board of directors and all of the community partners who participated.  It was something to see and to be involved in.  I am very glad to have a plan that we can work from and toward our goal of providing excellent broadband service in our region,” stated Gail Wright, executive director of GADD.  “I appreciate the effort on our behalf and look forward to moving forward with the broadband initiative in our region.”  more


When is KentuckyWired coming to my county?

The original project schedule is being refreshed to reflect relocation of offices, building renovation changes made during the site verification process, and other events that have impacted the schedule.  A new schedule will be posted when the updates are complete.  You can download the network map here.

Recent Events

Inez Getting Fiber From EKN


From the KCNA partner, EKN:  Appalachian Wireless is running 144 strands of fiber optic cable right through Inez.  And, KentuckyWired will soon follow with 144 more fiber strands.  By point of reference, ONE fiber strand can carry the traffic of the entire internet at any given time.  We are getting 288 strands…massively connected to the super high speed internet.  Now we just have to put it to USE to bring jobs and other opportunities here!

Georgetown Hut Delivered 12/16/16


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     Infrastructure Partners 9.16.16.pdf

     Electric Partners Map 9-16-16.pdf

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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.