The conference is full of excellent sessions, but these are of particular interest to Gigabit for Lexington folks
entucky is blazing a new trail for municipal broadband networks with the launch of KentuckyWired, the largest public-private partnership ever for such a project. The Bluegrass State chose Macquarie and First Solutions as its partners for this innovative open-network plan, which will complete its first portion of fiber construction by mid- 2016. entucky is blazing a new trail for municipal broadband networks with the launch of KentuckyWired, the largest public-private partnership ever for such a project. The Bluegrass State chose Macquarie and First Solutions as its partners for this innovative open-network plan, which will complete its first portion of fiber construction by mid- 2016.
Counties that lack high-speed Internet access grow slowly or not at all, according to new research by Broadband Communities magazine. Counties with the poorest Internet access are even likely to lose population. What’s more, states that prevent localities from building their own broadband networks doom poorly served areas to falling even further behind metropolitan areas.
Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers, state and local officials and hundreds of citizens gathered at Hazard Community and Technical College to learn more about KentuckyWired and how Kentucky’s future depends on reliable high speed broadband. “This is an exciting
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers will be in Hazard, Ky., on Aug. 31 to be part of the kickoff event to launch the construction of a statewide broadband network. The event and demonstration will take place at the Hazard Technical and Community College.
Advancing Broadband event coming in September Posted Date: 8/24/2015 11:00 AM As Kentucky prepares to build a statewide broadband superhighway and Lexington continues its drive to be a gigabit city, Mayor Jim Gray is inviting local officials and technology experts
Excellent new post on CNET about how Chattanooga has completely transformed itself from a “smokestack” past to a mecca for young people’s migration. Lexington’s economy is also changing. It make me wonder what a Gig will do for our
A: The Lexington area currently has average download speeds of 16.2 Megabits per Second, which puts it 38th among cities in Kentucky alone. Kentucky is also ranked 46th nationally in broadband availability, with 23 percent of state residents going without.
The city is currently exploring a range of possibilities – including whether to commit to building out all neighborhoods or use a “fiberhood” approach and whether to select a public-private or fully private solution. It’s also exploring how to leverage a fiber optic network to promote growth in the high-tech sector and to deliver government services more efficiently. Staffers have been studying the Kansas City Playbook that helped the two Kansas Cities take advantage of the Google Fiber network, and they plan to assemble a playbook of their own.
Lexington’s Advantages … Mayor Gray thinks Lexington offers advantages for Internet service providers that the existing providers do not take account of. For one thing, the city is very dense – about 300,000 residents in 90 square miles – and it’s growing denser. Land beyond the inner core is protected by zoning and by purchase of development rights to protect the horse farms. Thus, infrastructure within the urban service boundary will become increasingly valuable as the population rises.