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First users of high-speed KentuckyWired network celebrate reliable, fast connection in rural areas

The first users of KentuckyWired are celebrating the reliable and fast connection in rural areas. The state-owned, high-speed fiber optic cable network is going into government offices in all 120 Kentucky counties. “I would recommend this to anybody,” said Karen Wotier, one of the first users of KentuckyWired. Wotier is the building manager for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS)...

KentuckyWired begins connecting government offices to Ring 1A in northern section of state

KentuckyWired, the state-run project constructing high-speed fiber optic infrastructure to every Kentucky county, has begun connecting government offices in the northern section of the state known as Ring 1A. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) office in Owenton was the first site to transition over to KentuckyWired on Dec. 5. Now, after extensive testing to ensure network connections...

Jamie Link named Executive Director of Kentucky Communications Network Authority

Jamie Link has been named Executive Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority – the state agency overseeing the KentuckyWired project. During a special meeting on Wednesday, Link was voted in and hired by the KCNA Board. He replaces Interim Director Deck Decker. Jamie Link Link brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the agency. Previously he has served as the Finance Director...

KentuckyWired data flowing in Ring 1A, Louisville-to-Lexington-to-Cincinnati segment of network

Data traffic began flowing through a major segment of KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s fiber optic cable network, on Oct. 23. Although cable construction of Ring 1A was complete in June, the flow of data could not begin until work was complete inside the main data base centers in Frankfort and Florence. Data traffic is now flowing between those data base centers in a two-week testing stage. Ring...

First phase of KentuckyWired project completed, includes Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers have 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...

KentuckyWired reaches 1,000 miles of planned 3,000-mile high-speed fiber optic cable network

KentuckyWired, a broadband project installing high-speed fiber optic cable in every county, has now completed over 1,000 miles of its planned 3,000-mile network, with 1,090 miles of fiber either on aerial poles or in underground conduit, and another 500 miles ready for fiber deployment in the coming weeks. The head of the state agency overseeing the project says it is an important milestone. “Obtaining...

Kentucky Auditor: Taxpayers on hook for almost $1.5 billion over 30 years for KentuckyWired

A special examination by Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon’s office of KentuckyWired, the statewide broadband project announced in 2014, finds that taxpayers will be on the hook for almost $1.5 billion over 30 years for the project. That is among nine findings detailed in Harmon’s nine-month examination of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) and KentuckyWired. Harmon’s report will...

Kentucky House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne urges investigation of Kentucky Wired

As the result of extreme delays resulting in tens of millions of dollars over its initial $324 million budget, and counting, House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne has filed a resolution urging an investigation into the ailing public-private partnership of Kentucky Wired. Kentucky Wired, created by former Governor Steve Beshear in 2015, was supposed to have delivered high-speed internet access to the...

Owensboro Municipal Utility to lease portion of broadband network to Kentucky Wired

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) and Owensboro Municipal Utilities (OMU) have reached an agreement to lease a portion of OMU’s broadband network to Kentucky Wired. KentuckyWired is a Commonwealth project constructing 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable into all 120 Kentucky counties. The agreement allows OMU’s fiber network to serve as part of the Kentucky Wired network, thus...

Brandenburg Telephone Company to build 40-mile section of KentuckyWired fiber optic cable project

Brandenburg Telephone Company (BTC) has entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to build part of its KentuckyWired fiber optic cable project in Meade and Breckinridge counties. BTC will construct approximately 40 miles of the 3,400-mile ultra-high speed network that will extend into every county in the Commonwealth. “I cannot stress how significant this partnership will be for...

Bevin, Rogers say ‘significant progress’ has been made on statewide broadband network project

Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers said Friday the state’s broadband initiative, KentuckyWired, is moving forward with the initial build out in eastern Kentucky followed by the rest of the state. Since announced last year, significant progress has been made in engineering, site design and surveys along with strategic partnership agreements and more, the two said during a news conference...

Kentucky Communications Network Authority partners with Cincinnati Bell for broadband network

Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) announced the Commonwealth will enter into a strategic agreement with Cincinnati Bell to partner on broadband network construction in Northern Kentucky. Cincinnati Bell provides integrated telecommunications solutions – including voice, data, high-speed Internet and video – to consumers and business customers across Greater Cincinnati and Northern ...

Kentucky Communications Network Authority appoints Moore to be executive director

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority unanimously voted to appoint Chris Moore as executive director. A native Kentuckian, Moore has more than 20 years legal experience in the telecommunications and technology field, most recently with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C. in various positions. Moore has more than 20 years legal experience in the telecommunications and technology...