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Construction of a statewide broadband internet network in Kentucky has begun, but the project has been delayed and doesn’t have an estimated launch date.

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Kentucky’s statewide broadband internet project, KentuckyWired, will be complete by mid-2019, according to Gov. Matt Bevin.

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The project aimed at creating a vast fiber optic network to spread high-speed internet throughout Kentucky has run into delays.  

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AT&T has filed a protest against a Kentucky state government project to expand broadband fiber throughout the Commonwealth. The telecommunications giant claims KentuckyWired has an unfair advantage in the bidding process.

Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet

Private internet service providers have brought their concerns about a state government project to expand broadband before a legislative committee.

Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican Congressman Hal Rogers celebrated the start of construction of a broadband network, KentuckyWired, that will extend 3,400 miles throughout the state when completed.

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Kentucky is moving forward with an effort to bring broadband internet closer to communities throughout the state. Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Communications Network Authority, which will manage the open-access network Kentucky Wired. Over the next 3 years, the state plans to build 3,000 miles of fiber infrastructure at a cost of $324 million, $30 million of which will come from the state, $23.5 million from federal funds, and the remaining $270.9 million from private investment.