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AT&T contributes $10,000 to Voices of Hope to support students living with addiction

AT&T and Voices of Hope are working together to support Central Kentucky students in recovery from drug addiction, by providing college scholarships funded in part by AT&T’s $10,000 contribution. The Voices of Hope “Living Proof” scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student in long-term recovery who is currently enrolled at a trade school, college or university in Central Kentucky. The...

Marshall County’s Bluegrass VR wins second Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Bluegrass VR from Marshall County High School won the top prize at the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) 2nd annual competition finals, hosted April 28at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business. Advised by Lisa Devillez, Bluegrass VR team members Claire Harmon and Daniel Sills each won $25,000 in scholarship funds to be used at any in state post-secondary...

AT&T invests $700 million to improve local wired and wireless networks in Kentucky over three years

AT&T invested nearly $700 million in its Kentucky wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders. In 2016, AT&T made 846 wireless network upgrades in Kentucky. The AT&T...

More than 70 Kentucky multi-tenant office buildings designated as AT&T fiber ready

As part of AT&T’s[i] continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Kentucky, AT&T has designated more than 70 multi-tenant office buildings across Kentucky as AT&T Fiber Ready. These buildings in Danville, Frankfort, Georgetown, Louisville, Madisonville, Owensboro, Paducah and Pikeville all have access to AT&T Business Fiber, our blazing-fast internet service...

AT&T looking to fill full- and part-time jobs across Kentucky with competitive wages

AT&T is hiring for nearly 70 jobs across Kentucky, looking for skilled Kentuckians to help meet growing consumer demands for modern technologies and high-speed connectivity. The positions are for retail associates and for technical positions. “It is great to see jobs being created – and especially the high-skill jobs that are helping to provide Kentuckians with the modern communications services...

AT&T added 1 million new business customer locations to fiber network, including 11,000 in Kentucky

AT&T announced that it has added 1 million additional business customer locations to its fiber network since 2012 when the company began its aggressive fiber expansion program. The expansion helped extend the AT&T U.S. fiber network another 76,000 route miles, bringing the total to nearly 500,000. AT&T offers business customers high-speed Internet products on its fiber network in every...

Montgomery County Industrial Park gets AT&T ‘Fiber Ready’ designation, helps economic development

Representatives from AT&T, local leadership, and the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Industrial Authority today announced that the Mt. Sterling Industrial Park has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready. In today’s world, connectivity is vital to employers and businesses of every type and is a catalyst for economic development. “The effort to attract new businesses to communities – especially...

Ethics Reporter: Lobbying spending hits all-time high during first eight months of 2014

Special to KyForward   Businesses and organizations lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly spent a record $13.6 million during the first eight months of 2014. Compared to the previous record of $13.2 million spent in the same period in 2012, lobbying interests are on track to set a new yearly spending record in Kentucky by topping the 2012 total of $17.8 million.   If, as expected, year-end...

Capitol Notes: Advanced broadband bill gets unanimous approval from House committee

Broadband bill clears House panel: Legislation that could result in additional investment in Kentucky’s wireless and broadband networks passed without opposition and with bipartisan support on Thursday by the House Committee on Economic Development.   Senate Bill 99 updates Kentucky’s telecommunications laws to give phone providers such as AT&T, Windstream and Cincinnati Bell flexibility...

Commentary: Communications bill will enhance learning opportunities in Kentucky

By Jim Evans and William Owens Lee County Schools   During the last 25 years, the Kentucky public education system – from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary – has made enormous progress. Educators across the Commonwealth have worked tirelessly to enhance learning opportunities that are essential to lasting, meaningful economic success for our state.   Innovations in technology play an...

AquaBots camp gives girls glimpse at science, technology, math and engineering careers

Participating in AquaBots from left to right are: Divya Sunderam, Keziah Thomas and Katie O’Niell. (Photo from UK)   By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward   Nineteen girls from grades seven to 11 participated in AquaBots, a STEM camp (science, technology, engineering and math) designed just for girls. Hosted by the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative and the University of Kentucky, the...

Mary Pat Regan: Rest assured, modernizing telecom rules does not mean less or no service

The way we communicate is constantly changing. Never has this been more evident than with the explosive growth of broadband demand in Kentucky driven by next generation technologies. From distance learning to remote health monitoring to connecting with our loved ones via social media, technology has changed the way we work, live and play. Ensuring Kentuckians are connected anywhere anytime with the...

Tech Talk: Check the fine print, plan details when switching to prepaid wireless provider

By Owen Sutton KyForward columnist   When you hear prepaid mobile, you probably think of out of date phones, and limited service options. In the U.S., prepaid plans have a reputation of being for kids and those with poor credit. Things are changing. While the bulk of prepaid users may be low-income consumers looking for a value plan, an increasing number of customers who would normally qualify...

Lafayette junior takes first place in statewide Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth contest

Coleman Stivers (Photo from FCPS) Lafayette High junior Coleman Stivers was awarded top honors in the 2012 Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth contest, sponsored in part by AT&T. He and the winner on the girls’ side, Megan Harper of Marshall County, were recognized at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Dec. 6 in Louisville.   Megan and Coleman, who also attends Locust Trace AgriScience Farm,...