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Reality Bites: Government ISP Would Cost Millions In Lexington, Ky.

July 18, 2017

How much would a city-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP) cost taxpayers in Lexington, Ky.? Residents don’t have to wonder anymore. According to a report last week from the Lexington Herald-Leader, city officials soon will release a study that concludes “providing broadband or high-speed internet to most of Fayette County’s rural area would cost more than …

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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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Louisville Risking $5.4 Million On Kentucky’s Delayed Broadband System

May 2, 2017

Even though Kentucky’s statewide middle mile broadband system, KentuckyWired, is behind schedule, Wired says that Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer has decided he wants to risk $5.4 million to connect to it. (Late last month, the Lexington Herald Leader reported that not only will KentuckyWired not “be done nearly as soon as officials first announced …

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Pikeville, Ky. Raising Taxes For Government Broadband

April 27, 2017

It appears that the city of Newport, Tenn. isn’t the only one that’s about to make a municipal broadband mistake. (See our blog post from earlier this week about Newport and its deliberations.) According to the Bluegrass Institute’s Jim Waters, Pikeville, Ky. also is about to put taxpayers dollars at risk in the pursuit of …

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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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Kentucky Governor Scales Back Statewide Government Network

June 30, 2016

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced earlier this month that his administration is “scaling back the scope” of KentuckyWired, the state’s government-owned broadband network. According to StateScoop, instead of providing broadband access to the whole state, now the project will focus on the “limited regions [in Kentucky] that lack internet access.” (Almost 100 percent of Kentuckians …

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