Kentucky Deploys State-Wide Fiber Network Through Public Private Partnership with Macquarie Capital
September 21st, 2015
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, September 21, 2015 – The lieutenant governor of Kentucky, a bevy of state officials and their private sector counterparts here celebrated the finalization of the deal to build a $324 million broadband infrastructure project.
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.
In planning, financing and negotiating stages for nearly a year, the Macquarie project closed on September 3, 2015. Bonds are set to be issued and construction of the network – albeit in very early phases – has begun.
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.
The Kentucky Wired network was the highlight and toast of each of four days at the Broadband Communities economic development conference here.
New Leadership at National Association of Consumer Advocates for Utilities
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
November 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates announced new leadership, which was elected at the group’s annual meeting from November 15 to 18 in Chicago. Mary Healey of Connecticut was elected president of the organization
Seven More States Awarded Broadband Data and Mapping Grants By NTIA; Total is 15
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
November 9th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 9, 2009 – On Friday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced seven new state recipients of the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. These grants fund state efforts to map broadband availability and speeds. Each state was asked to pick a designated entity – either a state body or a non-profit organization – that would develop a plan for how broadband mapping would be conducted.
Week in Review: Application Roundup
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Premium Content, States
August 31st, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 31, 2009 – Although the NTIA and RUS are expected to release the names of the applicants for broadband stimulus funding later this week, the names of many of the applicants are emerging through press releases and through reporting by a wide variety of organizations.
Broadband Census State-by-State Articles on Broadband Deployment and Data
September 22nd, 2008
WASHINGTON, September 22 – BroadbandCensus.com unveiled a new web site — BroadbandCensus.com/conference — for the “Broadband Census for America” Conference on Friday, September 26, 2008.
Additionally, as part of its participation in One Web Day, BroadbandCensus.com published a ready resource of state-by-state articles about broadband deployment and broadband data, in about one-third of the 50 United States.
Maryland Continues on Long Haul Towards Universal Broadband
September 11th, 2008
September 11 – Being a first-mover is a blessing and a curse. When it comes to state-led broadband initiatives, Maryland has been an early innovator at confronting the long road towards state-wide universal broadband access.
FCC Begins Field Tests of 'White Space' Prototypes, Motorola Passes 'Without a Hitch'
July 17th, 2008
ELKRIDGE, MARYLAND, July 16 – The FCC on Wednesday began field testing wireless internet devices that transmit signals over broadcast television frequencies by examining the reliability of prototypes designed by Motorola and Philips Electronics at a state park here.