Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Faster Internet to Begin in Eastern Kentucky

A statewide initiative to bring faster, more reliable internet to Kentucky was announced Tuesday in Frankfort.

Kentucky’s Internet speed and accessibility have lagged behind the rest of the nation far too long. This partnership puts us on the path to propel the Commonwealth forward in education, economic development, health care, public safety and much more,” said Governor Steve Beshear Tuesday while he and U.S. Representative Hal Rogers announced the commonwealth's partnership with Macquarie Capital.

“We are on an aggressive timeline and believe that the Macquarie team’s technical capabilities and history of innovative solutions are the best fit for this important project,” Beshear added.

Fiber will be available in all 120 counties, and Eastern Kentucky will be the first priority area for the project.

When completed, more than 3,000 miles of fiber will be in place across the state.

Beshear says that the Eastern Kentucky portion of the project will be completed in less than two years.