CNX Launches Kentucky Wired Community Resource Site aimed at community leaders who want to stay connected to latest news and insights regarding public-private broadband project

Feb 04, 2016, 11:29 ET from Connected Nation Exchange

LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Speaking at the annual winter meeting of the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association, CNX CEO Brian Mefford announced the launch of a new online community resource. The site ( will help keep local officials and engaged citizens up to date on the latest news and insights pertaining to the KentuckyWired broadband network project.

"KentuckyWired can be one of the most high-impact infrastructure endeavors undertaken in our state's recent history," remarked Mefford. "To achieve maximum benefit across the state, communities must become fully engaged and prepared to take advantage of such a tremendous resource. To that end, we felt it important to launch this service to communicate key facts and updates about this important public-private initiative."

The online community is available at and is geared towards local leaders, engaged citizens and elected officials who will be planning for the best ways to take advantage of the network locally. These plans will include a range of options that take account for current local provider interests, entrepreneurial efforts, unmet local needs and cutting edge possibilities.

KentuckyWired is the statewide network of fiber optic lines that will carry high-speed broadband into specified locations in all 120 counties in order to serve government locations. KentuckyWired will be unique in allowing "open access" to the network, so local private or public service providers can tap into this new broadband network at much lower costs than previously possible.  Local providers can connect their equipment to KentuckyWired to expand and extend their local services to individual homes and businesses, growing their customer base to the "last mile."

While KentuckyWired is foremost intended to serve state government entities in every county, the network will have excess capacity available for local governments and private internet service providers to use to more affordably extend broadband services to local subscribers. As such, communities across the Commonwealth have already begun the work to determine the various paths that will allow their businesses, schools, healthcare providers and citizens to benefit from this emerging asset.

CNX has been contracted by the Commonwealth to serve the needs of local communities and service providers that wish to plan and prepare for how they will be best positioned to take advantage of this new world class broadband network as it becomes available.

Later this month, CNX will kick off a statewide "Broadband Barnstorming Tour", holding regional events for local leaders to join colleagues who are creating local plans for broadband expansion. Dates and locations currently include:

Pikeville -- Wednesday, February 24, 2016                           

Frankfort -- Wednesday, March 2, 2016                                            

Northern Kentucky -- Wednesday, March 16, 2016                           

Bowling Green -- Wednesday, March 30, 2016                                 

Paducah -- Wednesday, April 20, 2016                                             

Anyone interested in registering for a regional event or to sign up to receive breaking news and insights about KentuckyWired can do so at

About CNX:
CNX expands broadband opportunities by providing broadband public-private partnership expertise, including technical and financial modeling and feasibility analysis, complete planning and project management, design and engineering services, and network operation and monetization support resulting in new services for communities and faster time to market for broadband and communications providers. Learn more about CNX efforts to support the Commonwealth's KentuckyWired initiative or go to

Contact: CNX External Affairs – 866.881.9425 or

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