Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced a major investment of $386 million to enhance high-speed web infrastructure across the state. The investment is part of the governor’s commitment to closing the digital divide as well as to expanding access to broadband technology to Kentucky’s rural and underserved communities.
The $386 million investment will fund efforts to extend fiber optic lines to rural areas that may have limited or even no access to high-speed internet services. Additionally, the effort will focus on improving access for students, providing internet access to more than 50,000 households pending completion of the project. To ensure accountability in the affordability and quality of broadband services, the governor has also ordered the Public Service Commission monitor these improvements.
By expanding access to high-speed web infrastructure, Kentucky residents will have more access to healthcare, educational opportunities, economic development, and job training. With this investment, Kentucky continues its effort to ensure that its citizens have access to the necessary technology and resources to thrive in the digital world.