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KCNA Announces New Executive Director

Phillip K. Brown has been appointed as Executive Director for the Kentucky Communications Network Authority. From January of 2016 through the end of the 2017 legislative session, he worked as the chief of staff and legislative liaison for the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

Brown has a background working for elected officials and trade associations in Washington, D.C.  From 2007 to 2015, he worked as director of public policy and advocacy for Connected Nation, a non-profit organization that seeks to expand access, adoption, and use of broadband Internet. In that role, he functioned as a broadband policy advisor to 13 state governments.

In Washington, Brown worked as director of government relations for a broadcasting trade association. Brown also served for six and a half years in the U.S. House of Representatives, for both the 5th Congressional District of New Jersey and the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky.

Brown earned his undergraduate degree from Centre College and a master’s of business administration from the University of Louisville.  He is a native of Nicholasville, Kentucky and lives in Louisville

 

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

 

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

Governor Bevin, Congressman Rogers and others  

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. 

 

​​​​East Kentucky Network Partnership Agreement Signed August 25, 2016

Finance Cabinet, KCNA and EKN Representative signing partnership agreement.

 

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 Kentucky Communications Network Authoriyt, Finance Cabinet and Cincinnati Bell Officalswill 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.


 


 

Events

Chuck D. Charles, Mayor of AshlandE-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. 

 

 

KentuckyWired Launches

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