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State Journal: Time For A Timeout On KentuckyWired

October 10, 2017

Last week, this blog wrote about growing state legislator discontent with KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s government-owned broadband network. Now it seems members of the media in Kentucky are also growing impatient with the network and its overseers.  In an editorial, The State Journal, Frankfort, Ky.’s largest newspaper, said, “At minimum, the state needs to call …

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Associated Press Digs Into KentuckyWired

October 3, 2017

In August, the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) asked how much it would cost Kentucky taxpayers to finish their state’s government-owned broadband network, KentuckyWired. Two months later, we’re still not sure. And, if Associated Press reporter Adam Beam is right, it’s not clear when this project will be finished, or if it ever will …

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How Much Will Taxpayers Need To Spend To Finish KentuckyWired?

August 14, 2017

Last week, this blog highlighted state lawmakers’ growing worries about KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s taxpayer-financed broadband system. We noted that, in a recent legislative hearing, some officials even called for plans to shut down the network.  Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters, who reported on the hearing in Richmond Register, seems to think that’s …

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Kentucky Lawmakers Souring On Statewide Broadband Network

August 11, 2017

Lawmakers in Kentucky are growing more and more worried about the government’s statewide, taxpayer-financed broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to WFPL, during a legislative hearing on August 3 “lawmakers expressed anger” about the system’s “delayed launch and uncertain financial outlook.”  Lawmakers expressed other concerns as well. Rep. Michael Meredith suggested that he was worried that the …

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Bluegrass Institute Says Secrecy Surrounds KentuckyWired Network

July 3, 2017

According to a recent article on the organization’s website, the Bluegrass Institute has been asking some serious questions about oversight of the statewide broadband network, KentuckyWired. The institute has so far come up short … but not for lack of trying. As Amye Bensenhaver, director of the Bluegrass Institute’s Center for Open Government, explains, a …

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Louisville Radio Host: Better Uses For $5.4 Million Than Municipal Network

June 20, 2017

Last month, this blog reported that Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed to spend $5.4 million in taxpayer funding on a government-owned fiber optic cable network. The network would span 96 miles. One 6.6-mile stretch would cost $2.7 million on its own. In that post, the Coalition for the New Economy noted that approximately …

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Fitch Ratings Concerned About KentuckyWired Construction Delays

January 6, 2017

Right before the holidays last month, Fitch Ratings released its latest assessment of the $232 million in bonds issued for Kentucky’s statewide, government-subsidized broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to Watchdog.Org, Fitch kept the bonds “at a mediocre BBB+, but changed the outlook to negative” for several reasons. Fitch explained that it was switching the outlook to …

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Kentucky Moving Ahead With Costly Statewide Broadband Network

September 22, 2016

Kentucky taxpayers received some disappointing news last week. According to The Associated Press, Gov. Matt Bevin “said he is ‘absolutely committed’ to completing a statewide broadband network despite questions about how the state will pay for its share of the $270 million project.” As the news story explains, the state is facing a $13 billion …

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Bluegrass Institute’s Waters: Scale Back KentuckyWired

September 7, 2016

On Saturday, The Grayson County News-Gazette published an op-ed by Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters that discussed Kentucky’s statewide government-owned broadband network, KentuckyWired. Waters called the project, which will cost $340 million, a “boondoggle” that was “sloppily enacted” by the previous governor, Steve Beshear. Waters argued lawmakers should significantly scale back the project because “Kentucky …

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Surprise! KentuckyWired Won’t Be Done In 2018

August 3, 2016

According to @CN2, a news network in Kentucky, the state’s statewide government-owned fiber optic broadband network is behind schedule. Officials originally thought the project would be complete some time in 2018. The news network now reports, “The first phase of the project, which includes Frankfort, Louisville, northern Kentucky, and areas of rural southeastern Kentucky, are …

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