Advocates for more wireless and broadband options in Kentucky will once again push a bill reforming the state's telecommunications laws—specifically, removing language that requires old-school land-line service throughout the state.
Citizens for a Digital Future unveiled the legislation today, which is sponsored by state Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville.
A major project to install fiber optic broadband service in western Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee is nearing its midpoint. West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecom crews have finished installation in the Graves County towns of Fancy Farm, Wingo, and Farmington, reaching more than 2,000 rural customers.
A national group that has pushed expanding broadband access in other southern states is now focusing on Kentucky. Citizens for a Digital Future is opening a Kentucky chapter to help advocate for these issues with lawmakers and private businesses. The group’s Kentucky director, Gary Gerdemann, says a lack of wireless options is affecting businesses and education.