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Judge Executive Howard P. Hunt was joined by Ellen Call, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs for Charter Communications for an announcement on the future expansion of Broadband in Boyle County.
“I understand that Broadband is not about the future, it is needed now in Boyle County. This is why I have pushed for and worked with Spectrum/Charter Communications in their efforts to secure funding that meets our needs in the most remote sections of our county,” said Judge Executive Howard P. Hunt.
Phase I preliminary work which includes planning, design and permitting is complete and actual installation will begin later this year. 1,445 homes, primarily in Magisterial Districts 1, 2 and 4, currently are underserved but will be completed as part of Phase I.
Phase II will service another 1,158 underserved homes, primarily in Magisterial Districts 3 and 4. Magisterial Districts 5 and 6 are already served.
Judge Hunt explained, “Phase I is being funded as part of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) and was identified by the Federal Communications Commission’s assessment and prioritization of underserved, rural areas. I extend heartfelt appreciation to Congressman Guthrie for his assistance in identifying and funding these areas. Phase II is funded Rural Infrastructure Improvement Fund through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and will connect what I call the “middle mile” of our county. I offer my deep gratitude to Representative Daniel Elliot for his assistance and guidance in securing Phase II funding. This will leave only a scattering homes unserved, and are what we call the “last mile” of connectivity.”
“This is an awesome day in Boyle County. I cannot thank Spectrum/Charter Communications for their work to provide broadband in our area. The furthest reaches of Boyle County will be afforded the same services as those who live in downtown. When we have fiber run directly to the house, this will be a life changing improvement to our citizens and their family’s ability to communicate and learn,” said Judge Hunt.
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