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KentuckyWired fiber optic network increases internet speed 500 percent for State Police in Dry Ridge

State Police in Dry Ridge can respond to 911 calls more quickly and share information with other law enforcement agencies faster and more efficiently, thanks to a big increase in internet speed provided by the KentuckyWired high-speed fiber-optic network. Kentucky State Police Post #6 in Dry Ridge became the first State Police post to transition to the KentuckyWired network on Feb. 26, increasing their...

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 activates first site in Owenton; all rings expected to be operational by October

KentuckyWired, the Commonwealth’s high-speed fiber optic cable network, activated its first site on Dec. 5 when the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) office in Owenton transitioned their services to the KentuckyWired network. Deck Decker, Interim Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA), which oversees the KentuckyWired project, said the transition went smoothly....

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...

KentuckyWired finalizes $100 million bond sale to fund settlement, project costs for fiber optic network

The Kentucky Communication Network Authority (KCNA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s KentuckyWired fiber optic cable network project, finalized a bond sale of $102,090,000 last week. The City of Williamsburg issued the bonds for the KentuckyWired Infrastructure Company. The Series 2019 municipal bonds were purchased by Morgan Stanley. The majority of the proceeds — $93...

KentuckyWired achieves another milestone with installation of final local telecommunications hut

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...

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...

Rural Blog: Ky’s broadband boondoggle a cautionary tale; Bevin’s aide undercutting him siding with AT&T

(Click for larger image) Five years ago, the Democratic governor of Kentucky, who couldn’t run for re-election, and a powerful Republican congressman struck a deal with private investors to get high-speed internet to the state’s rural areas, especially the congressman’s depressed district. The KentuckyWired system is only one-third built, and now the governor is a Republican whose...

KentuckyWired construction utilizing Kentuckians as 80 percent of work performed by local labor

When the KentuckyWired broadband project began building its 3,350-mile network of high-speed fiber optic cable, the Commonwealth ensured that at least 60 percent of work-hours used for construction would be from local labor, and included that requirement in the state’s contract with its builder. Three years into the project that promise has not only been kept, but exceeded. The latest report from...

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...

Statewide KentuckyWired broadband project will be ‘tremendous benefit’ for Kentucky’s military veterans

The Commonwealth’s broadband project, KentuckyWired, is currently installing high-speed fiber optic cable in all 120 counties, connecting state government offices, universities, community colleges, state police posts, and many other community facilities. Among these are two of the state’s veterans centers — Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard and Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson. The...

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...

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...

MuniNet to build KentuckyWired fiber optic network in Caldwell, Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties

MuniNet Fiber Agency has entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to build part of its KentuckyWired fiber optic cable project in Caldwell, Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties. MuniNet will construct approximately 66 miles of the 3,400-mile ultra-high speed cable network that will extend into every county in the Commonwealth. MuniNet chief technology officer Brent Shelton says the partnership...

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...

Eastern Kentucky business succeeding globally through high speed broadband connectivity

If the internet goes down at Troll and Toad in Corbin, KY, idle employees count the minutes until it is back up again. “When we originally moved into the building, we had times when the cable would be out for the day,” said Jonathan Huston, President of Troll and Toad. “Do you know what that means? We send our employees home. We are not able to ship packages, we are not able to process–everything’s...

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...

Commentary: KentuckyWired part of the Obama administration’s war on the Internet

By Drew Johnson Special to KyForward The Bluegrass State is already reeling from the Obama administration’s war on coal. Now the people of the Commonwealth are preparing to feel the sting of ObamaNet, the administration’s attempt to seize control of the Internet. Just as President Obama used the Environmental Protection Agency as a means to shutter most coal-fired power plants in the U.S. – and...