Kentucky Gov. Beshear announces $386M investment in high-speed web infrastructure

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced on Monday a $386 million investment in high-speed internet infrastructure to increase access to fast, reliable internet across the state. This investment includes expanding broadband access in unserved and underserved areas and upgrading existing infrastructure.


The investment is part of the Governor’s Broadband Initiative, which was created to provide “affordable, high-speed internet to all homes, businesses and other entities accessible from the state highway system by 2024.”

The money comes from $225 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and $161 million in General Funds. It is used to purchase and install fiber-optic cable and other infrastructure equipment, an initial service line, and all associated construction costs necessary to bring high-speed internet to underserved and unserved areas.

“Connecting our communities to the world through broadband is a priority for Kentucky. We must create an infrastructure for our citizens and businesses that allows them to compete and thrive, and this investment will do just that,” Governor Beshear said. “More rural residents and businesses will have access to the 21st century services necessary to compete in today’s digital environment, while also ensuring Kentucky keeps pace with the rest of the country, and the world.”

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