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.
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.
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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...
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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.