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KentuckyWired Making Strides

Construction of a statewide high-speed internet network in Kentucky continues moving forward. Over 3,000 miles of 288-strand fiber optics cable, with nearly unlimited capacity, is expected to bring a boost to Kentucky’s economy, enhance education opportunities and facilitate greater coordination between first responders.

Obtaining pole attachment agreements with companies that own the utility poles that are needed for the project proved to be an obstacle in the beginning, but in recent weeks KentuckyWired has secured ninety percent of these agreements.

“Obtaining easements through private property is another significant component of the project, but we’re finding that almost all landowners are being very cooperative because the poles are already there,” said Phillip Brown, Executive Director of Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA). “We’re just adding another wire to the existing poles.”

So far, nearly 68 miles of underground conduit have been laid and six miles of aerial cable have been hung.  Though delays in the early phases of the project pushed completion beyond the original project completion date in 2018, the KCNA is working with KentuckyWired’s private sector partners on establishing a new completion date that can more accurately forecast the project’s timeline. 

Through their third-party partners like Cincinnati Bell Telephone Service, the East Kentucky Network and the Bluegrass Network, KentuckyWired is helping deliver ultra-high-speed internet service to even the most remote areas of the commonwealth. Completion of the project will make Kentucky the first state in the nation to bring ultra-high-speed internet capability to every county within its borders. 

 

KCNA Announces Partnership with Bluegrass Network

Finance Cabinet, KCNA and BGN representatives signing partnership agreement.

The infrastructure partnership agreement was signed April 20, 2017. 

 

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

Easement Information 8/22/17

The KYW fiber infrastructure will cross thru both public and private lands. This week KNCA is mailing over 8000 easements informational mailers to property owners from which KCNA may need an easement.    While most of the easements have been secured for Eastern Kentucky and parts of Central Kentucky, these mailers are aimed at the remaining Central Kentucky and Western Kentucky property owners.  For more information, please see our Easement page or call: 888-511-9918.

Corbin Hut Delivered 6/15/17

 Hut being lifted off flatbed truck

 

 

Helpful Links

     KYW Quick Facts 5-3-17.pdf

     Map with Rings 9-16-16.pdf

     Infrastructure Partnerships 8.10.17.pdf

    Telecom Partners Map 9-16-16.pdf

     Electric Partners Map 9-16-16.pdf

     Photo collage 9-16-16.pdf


Recent Presentations

KCNA Chief Operating Officer Mike Hayden gave the following presentation to the 14th Annual Kentucky Cable and Telecommunications Conference on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.   14th - Cable Telecommunications Conference 8.22.17.pdf

 

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

Welcome

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.