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Telecommunications assistance will easier to obtain for eligible veterans, survivors, PSC says

It will soon be easier for veterans and their survivors who receive pension benefits to obtain subsidized telephone or broadband service. As a result of major changes coming in December to the Lifeline program, low-income veterans or their survivors receiving pension benefits will have automatic proof of eligibility for the Lifeline program, according to the state Public Service Commission. “The...

KCTCS approves new associate science degree program in broadband technology

he Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a new Associate of Applied Science in Broadband Technology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) during its quarterly meeting. The program is an instrumental initiative designed to improve the economy in the southeastern region of the state that is part of both the KentuckyWired and Shaping Our Appalachian...

Center for Rural Development leading the efforts on broadband expansion in Eastern Kentucky

The Center for Rural Development—a regional leader in technology—is leading the efforts to bring reliable, high-speed Internet to Eastern Kentucky. U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of the Center, and other area leaders met with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler on a recent trip to McKee and Hazard in Eastern Kentucky to discuss...

Rural Blog: Amid talk of broadband, a senator says rural landline calls still getting dropped

Special to KyForward   While the Federal Communications Commission held its Rural Broadband Workshop last week to look at ways to improve broadband access in rural America, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) said some rural residents across the country are still dealing with a problem that should have been fixed years ago: completing a basic landline call, Peter Harriman reports for the Sioux Falls Argus...

It’s life in the slow lane for many Kentuckians on the Information Highway, UK study shows

By Michael Childress Special to KyForward   Only a handful of Kentucky counties, representing about one-half of the state’s population, are nationally competitive with respect to high-speed Internet infrastructure and utilization, according to research and analysis conducted at the University of Kentucky.   The College of Communication and Information and the Gatton College of Business...

Daily Yonder: High broadbrand adoption in rural areas contributes to economic success

This story exploring the relationship between broadband and the rural economy is one of a series written by three researchers noted for their work in rural development, economics and communications policy. Previous articles looked at trends in broadband adoption and broadband availability.   Much has been made about the potential benefits of broadband for rural communities. There are plenty of...

Daily Yonder: Federal report shows rural broadband access still lags behind cities

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward   The nation’s most rural communities have broadband availability rates that are a third lower than the rates of big cities and suburbs, a federal report shows.   But within these broad findings, there are important variations in broadband access among U.S. cities, suburbs, towns and very rural areas.   The report, by the National Telecommunications...