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U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie wants to bring broadband access to more Kentuckians. He said it helps economic development as well as quality of life.

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Kentucky's procurement chief said it would have cost taxpayers about $9 million in 2015 to back out of a statewide broadband network. But he said a misunderstanding of the rules governing federal education money helped convince state officials to OK the deal that has since cost taxpayers at least $88 million in delays.

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The head of Kentucky’s statewide broadband initiative says the initial contract for the project put an “excessive amount of risk” on the state, which has had to compensate private partners for years of delays.

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Frustrated with repeated delays costing taxpayers millions of dollars, the Kentucky Senate has voted to effectively end a project that would bring high-speed internet capability to one of the poorest states in the country.

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A member of the Federal Communications Commission will visit the Ohio Valley on Tuesday to hear from rural communities who lack broadband internet access.

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Google Fiber will begin building its ultrafast network in a Kentucky city. 

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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 officials have agreed to lease 315 miles of fiber-optic cables from five rural telephone companies as they seek ways to lower the cost of a massive broadband project.

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The Senate has passed a bill that could make it easier for rural areas in Tennessee to get access to the internet. The bill, named the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017, was pushed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

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