Kentucky communities will soon have a significant opportunity to improve their quality of life, advance goals for the community and individual residents, as well as grow their economy. Broadband–high speed internet–is increasingly important, and considered a basic utility in the same way that water, electricity, and roads are needed. For more information, check out our Broadband Resource Guide and our Broadband Terminology list.
Each county will have access to at least one location with extremely high-speed internet access. For organizations like schools, hospitals, police, businesses, government agencies, and homes to gain access to this resource, communities need to work together in developing strategies to gain the most benefits of high-speed internet through realistic amounts of time and effort.
Solarity partners with communities to bring together the right people to help achieve the benefits of the high-speed internet connectivity provided by KentuckyWired.
What is KentuckyWired?
High-Speed, High-Capacity Internet in Every County in Kentucky
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is building a new broadband information highway (or I-Way) with off-ramps into every county in the state. When complete, KentuckyWired will be approximately 3,400 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure known as the “middle mile,” connecting the global internet to communities throughout the state.
Why is KentuckyWired so important for the state?
Broadband speeds are expanding nationwide, and Kentucky is lagging behind. Just like the electrical grid in the 20th century, without access to high-speed internet service, or broadband service, communities are at a significant disadvantage in many ways:
- Companies likely won’t locate there
- People will find it more challenging to work (if they require internet access)
- Quality of life suffers (think of things as minor as buffering on Netflix, or as significant as remote health services to save lives)
Fiber is more than a dietary supplement. In the modern world, broadband is not a “nice to have,” it is a necessary utility. Access to fiber-optic networks with high-capacity, reliable internet speeds creates jobs both through home-based careers and through large businesses choosing to locate where the utility is available. KentuckyWired’s “middle mile” infrastructure is unique as it is an “open access” network.
What does that mean?
KentuckyWired will allow communities, cities, private companies, partnerships, and other groups to connect to the “middle mile” in order to complete the “last mile.” This critical project will make Kentucky competitive on a global scale.
KentuckyWired is a unique and important project that has been initiated through the bi-partisan partnership of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers. This project creates the needed infrastructure for job creation, health access, and education throughout the Commonwealth.
KentuckyWired will be funded through a unique public-private partnership (P3) with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and investment firm, Macquarie Capital, who will design, develop, and operate the network for 30 years.
How Can Communities Connect to KentuckyWired?
The state has awarded Solarity a Master Services contract to support communities throughout the Commonwealth by providing Broadband Adoption and Planning services. KentuckyWired makes high-speed, high-capacity internet available to every county throughout the Commonwealth. It is up to communities to make the project successful by implementing the “last mile” to make this network available to every Kentuckian.
At Solarity, our niche is to “build success by doing the right things the right way at the right time.”
Doing things right means generating a shared vision of success, developing an environment in which success is possible, selecting the optimal methodologies and tools, and being strategic about when they are applied.
For this initiative, we recommend an approach will that will allow us to ensure we’re doing the right amount of work (not too much OR too little) to produce the right results at the right time. We base our approach on the tools that Kentucky has established, thought leadership, and other techniques we’ve studied, applied, and adapted for use in other successful engagements.
For more information, we’d be glad to chat with you, or come and share a presentation with key leaders in your community. Just contact Cory Camic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-272-4494.
We partner with organizations and individuals to help them go “from inspiration to implementation” by helping them to define the right work, plan the work, and work the plan.