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Lexington, Home to the Kentucky Wired Middle-Mile Project, Seeks Municipal Fiber

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BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: The power of municipal broadband isn’t going away. While competition benefits everyone, it’s undeniable that as the custodians of their rights of way, local government will play a role in the telecommunications infrastructure developments of the future.

Charter gets competition in Lexington, Kentucky, as angry city enlists Indiana’s MetroNet to build FTTH network, from FierceCable

Lexington, Kentucky, citizens stopped getting mad at Charter Communications and decided to get a fiber-to-the-home network to compete with the cable company.

The city made a deal with Indiana’s MetroNet to start building in January a FTTH network that will cost somewhere between $70 million and $100 million, and somehow be privately funded.

“Just in time for Christmas, Santa Claus is coming to town,” said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, announcing the project at a news conference covered by local media earlier this week.

MetroNet has reportedly promised to cover the Lexington’s entire urban region with 1-gig FTTH services over the next three to four years. The average internet speed in the area is only around 16 Mbps right now, according to a recent study.

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Source: Charter gets competition in Lexington, Kentucky, as angry city enlists Indiana’s MetroNet to build FTTH network | FierceCable

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. His telecommunications-focused law firm, Drew Clark PLLC, works with cities, rural communities and state economic development entities to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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