KentuckyWired is a state-run project constructing over 3,000 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber optic cable in every county in Kentucky. The KentuckyWired network is a "middle mile" project connecting government offices, universities, community colleges, state police posts, state parks, and other government institutions to the global internet. Anywhere along its path, Internet Service Providers will be able to connect to the network and bring faster, more reliable internet to every corner of the Commonwealth. Cellular providers will also be able to connect to KentuckyWired and build more cell phone towers throughout the state. Its 288-strand fiber optic cable will serve the needs of government agencies, universities, businesses, and citizens for decades to come.
KentuckyWired will help pay for its construction in two ways: 1) KentuckyWired will save the Commonwealth millions of dollars by owning its own middle mile network rather than paying private companies, and 2) By leasing half of its fiber strands to private companies.
Kentucky is the first state in the nation to build an open-access fiber optic cable network in every county.
KCNA (KentuckyWired) currently has one job opening for a Construction/Operations Project Manager.
For complete job description click here, or go to the Careers tab on the KentuckyWired website.
KentuckyWired Finalizes $100M Bond Sale to Fund Settlement and Project Costs
Buildout of 3,000 miles of fiber optic network more than halfway completed
Frankfort, Ky. (August 12, 29019) - The Kentucky Communication Network Authority (KCNA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth's KentuckyWired fiber optic cable network project, finalized a bond sale of $102,090,000 last week.
The City of Williamsburg issued the bonds for the KentuckyWired Infrastructure Company. The Series 2019 municipal bonds were purchased by Morgan Stanley.
The majority of the proceeds—$93 million—will be used to fund the settlement agreement between KCNA and its primary contractor, NG-KIH Design Build LLC. The remainder will be held to fund project needs.
According to KCNA Interim Executive Director Deck Decker, KCNA was able to save millions of dollars through the structure of this deal and favorable market conditions. "KCNA was able to access a market with historically low rates to reap maximum benefit from this deal," he said.
Construction of the KentuckyWired project is well over halfway complete, with more than 1,700 miles of the planned 3,000 miles of fiber cable placed so far. Construction is complete in the first section from Lexington to Louisville and Cincinnati, known as Ring 1A. Construction of Ring 1B, in Eastern Kentucky, is projected to be finished in early September.
KentuckyWired is a middle mile network, building high-speed fiber optic cable in all 120 counties, connecting government offices, universities, community colleges, state police posts, and state parks.
Along its 3,000-mile path, private companies can connect to the network and lease its fiber. This will enable private internet companies to expand their service farther into more rural areas. KentuckyWired will significantly enhance opportunities for education, healthcare, economic investment and job growth for Kentuckians.
The Center For Rural Delevopment is helping expand the reach of KentuckyWired with their Technology Assistance Program (TAP)
The Center for Rural Development is helping communities explore ways to become “fiber ready” following Governor Matt Bevin and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers’ recent announcement that a major milestone achievement has been reached for KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s high-speed fiber optic network. The first portion of the network, known as Ring 1A, and a key backbone segment from Lexington to Somerset are now complete, allowing for expansion of the network into Eastern Kentucky as the project moves into the next phase.
During the announcement Rogers explained the project’s origins. “The Center for Rural Development and SOAR advocated for a transformational broadband system that would revitalize Eastern Kentucky. To be fair, the expense to bring service into the depths of our mountains simply has not been feasible for most providers, especially our small rural companies. But KentuckyWired eliminates that obstacle by developing this ready-made network that providers can connect to and build from. Much like our utility co-ops, our infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky would remain decades behind without innovative investments like this,” said Rogers.
Read the full story here.
KentuckyWired Achieves Another Milestone with
Installation of Final Local Telecommunications Hut
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 9, 2019) – The state's KentuckyWired project reached another milestone, placing the last of 20 local telecommunications huts across the state. The final hut was installed in Henderson, near U.S. Highway 41 and the Henderson bypass on June 27. The huts, housing communications equipment vital to the KentuckyWired fiber optic network, are located primarily at state police posts and Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses.
See full press release here.
Gov. Bevin, Congressman Rogers Announce Completion of First Phase of KentuckyWired Project
Completion of Ring 1A moves rural broadband connectivity closer to completion
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 28, 2019) – Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers today announced a major milestone achievement for the Commonwealth's high-speed fiber optic network – KentuckyWired.
The first portion of the network, known as Ring 1A, is now complete and includes Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Additionally, a key backbone segment from Lexington to Somerset has also been completed, allowing for expansion of the network into Eastern Kentucky as the project moves into the next phase...
For video highlights click here.
To read the full press release, click here.
To see a copy of the handout from the press conference, click here.
KCNA on WLEX-TV
Former KCNA Executive Director Phillip Brown discusses KentuckyWired on WLEX-TV's Digital Conversation with Dia Davidson, February 28, 2019.
Watch the 15-minute interview here.