KentuckyWired Statewide Broadband Network Initiative Moving Forward in Eastern Kentucky and Beyond
Contact: Amanda Stamper
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.
IJC on A&R, Budget Review Subcommittee Testimony
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.
Commonwealth Enters into a Strategic Agreement with Cincinnati Bell
Part of the KentuckyWired initiative, project construction costs will be reduced by approximately $3,000,000
FRANKFORT, KY (June 3, 2016) — Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) today announced the Commonwealth will enter into a strategic agreement with Cincinnati Bell to partner on broadband network construction in northern Kentucky.
Cincinnati Bell provides integrated telecommunications solutions – including voice, data, high-speed Internet and video – to consumers and business customers across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
“Kentuckians will benefit from this agreement in two ways,” said executive director Chris Moore. “Firstly, by partnering with Cincinnati Bell and leveraging existing infrastructure, project construction costs will be reduced by approximately $3,000,000. The agreement highlights our ongoing commitment to work with existing infrastructure companies to efficiently and economically improve broadband services in the Commonwealth.”
In accordance with the performance standards required by the KentuckyWired project, Cincinnati Bell will install 166 miles of fiber optic cable in the following counties and communities: Kenton, Boone, Pendleton, Grant and Gallatin counties; and Falmouth, Williamstown, Newport, Covington, Florence, Erlanger, Highland Heights, Fort Mitchell, Fort Thomas and Warsaw.
KCNA welcomes Executive Director Chris Moore effective March 16, 2016. A native Kentuckian, Mr. Moore has more than 20 years legal experience in the telecommunications and technology field, most recently with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C. Prior to that, he worked for the Rural Utilities Service on Capitol Hill and for a major telecommunications company. Originally from Henderson, Moore is a graduate of Transylvania University and the university of Kentucky College of Law.
E-nnovation Ashland Workshop
The Mayor of Ashland, Chuck D. Charles, addresses the E-nnovation Ashland workshop on Tuesday, May 3rd at Ashland Community Technical College. The City of Ashland is one of three communities awarded funding from the Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach & Development to establish plans for the strategic adoption and utilization of broadband and to promote connectivity with the KentuckyWired (KYW) fiber optic network.
Kentucky Municipal Association
April 28th Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association (KMUA) KentuckyWired presentation (3:00pm Lexington, Kentucky)
Broadband Community Summit in Austin Texas (April, 2016)
KCNA Board Member Lonnie Lawson at the 2016 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas. Representing Kentucky, Lawson is discussing the significance of broadband deployment.
SOAR Executive Committee Meeting (February 5th)
Gov. Bevin took a selfie with his co-chair, U. S. Rep. Rogers, at the SOAR Executive Committee Meeting on February 5 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Four students from Prestonsburg High School are included in the picture, along with their instructor and Brad Thomas representing East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC.) The students’ team won a technology contest, and EKPC surprised each of them with an Apple Watch.
Eastern Kentucky is first priority for KentuckyWired project
HAZARD, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2015) – Reliable, high-speed Internet is coming to every county of the state, and supporters say the broadband project will be the key catalyst for profound and sweeping growth in job creation, health access and education. To celebrate the construction of the statewide KentuckyWired, I-Way broadband network, Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers, state and local officials and hundreds of citizens gathered at Hazard Community and Technical College to learn more about KentuckyWired and how Kentucky’s future will benefit from broadband. The broadband project will begin in eastern Kentucky and over the next three years will spread throughout the state. The benefits of broadband will break down geographic and financial barriers to education and economic development by providing access to affordable, high-quality Internet service to connect Kentuckians to the world. Read more