November 28, 2020

State of Kentucky Finalizes Plans to Build Statewide Broadband Infrastructure

From BroadbandandBreakfast:

The project, KentuckyWired, is a public-private partnership (also dubbed a PPP) of the state and of the Australian financier Macquarie Capital. It is a 3,400-mile open access “middle mile” network that will span all 120 counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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When completed in 2018, the network will include six fiber rings around regions of the state, and fiber connections to at least one point in every county.

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At the core of the project are 288-count strands of fiber-optic wires that will connect Kentucky’s counties, delivering dedicated high-speed fiber broadband to 1,100 anchor institutions. These are generally the schools, libraries, hospital and other government sites across the state.

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The state and the federal government provided seed funding. But the vast bulk of the $324 million network will be funded by debt and by equity raised by Macquarie.

Read the Complete Article (via BroadbandandBreakfast)

Learn More From the KentuckyWired Web Site

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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