In an effort to expand the availability and use of broadband Internet services throughout the commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that Kentucky has been awarded a $2.1 million grant in stimulus money to fund broadband mapping and planning.
“High-speed Internet access is a vital tool for economic development, education and job creation,” Beshear said in a statement. “This grant is a major step toward increasing Internet services in unserved or underserved areas in the Commonwealth so that all Kentuckians have access to the world through connectivity.”
The state will receive approximately $1.6 million for broadband data collection and mapping activities over a two-year period and an additional $500,000 for broadband planning of improvements and expansion activities over the next five years. Specifically, the statewide assessment will include data on the availability, speed, location and technology type of broadband services. The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) in cooperation with state universities and community colleges will verify and field audit the collected information to ensure accuracy.