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.
The first stage of the project is to build 3,000 miles of main broadband fiber lines, or middle-mile network, across the state. Fiber will be available in all 120 counties, and the under-served Eastern Kentucky region will be the first priority area. Once this backbone is complete, Internet service providers, cities, partnerships or other groups may tap into it to complete the last mile to homes or businesses.
One factor that makes Lexington’s gigabit initiative possible is KentuckyWired, a unique statewide project that aims to develop a robust, reliable, fiber backbone infrastructure to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to every part of Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced in December 2014 that the project would be built as a public-private initiative with the Australian financial giant Macquarie Capital and its consortium partners, which include First Solutions, Fujitsu Network Communications, Black & Veatch and Bowlin Group.
In March the city issued an RFI (request for information) for a provider, either alone or in partnership with the city, to build a super-fast fiber-optic network to connect homes and businesses in Lexington. Responses came in from Time Warner, Windstream, Macquarie Capital, Metronet, Ting, G Fast Fiber, Fibertech, and companies that physically build networks or provide hardware. Each proposal submission is paired with a meeting, and we are working through them, having deeper conversations with the most promising organizations.
The city of Lexington will be making a push in coming months to increase sluggish Internet speed and expand access to more residents, city officials announced Tuesday. Mayor Jim Gray said that within the next six months, the city will release a request for information to determine whether there is interest in a private-public partnership or commercial-only solution to build a fiber-optic network.