Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers announced recently 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 expansion of the network into Eastern Kentucky as the project moves into the next phase.
“We are excited today to announce a significant milestone in the Commonwealth’s progress toward statewide rural broadband connectivity,” said Gov. Bevin. “The completion of KentuckyWired’s initial phase is a major step in extending high-speed internet access into each of our 120 counties. This vital infrastructure will create powerful opportunities for Kentuckians through enhanced job creation, economic investment, education, health care, and countless other public and private sector services.”
It is estimated that 23.4 million rural Americans lack broadband internet access, and today’s announced completion of Ring 1A provides the foundation for the KentuckyWired network to begin expansion into Eastern and Western Kentucky. The ring includes major uplinks to the global internet in Louisville and Cincinnati as well as state facilities in Frankfort.
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