The ConnectKentucky Steering Committee met during the week of April 25 to unveil Phase I maps of current broadband coverage in Kentucky.
“It’s a great day for the growth of technology in the Commonwealth,” Governor Ernie Fletcher said. “Technology is a critical economic development component that will help Kentucky grow and prosper in the coming years.
“Creating a first-of-its kind inventory of high-speed Internet service by using GIS maps makes Kentucky a leader in the push for full broadband deployment by 2007. The maps illustrate that we have much work to do, and they are a powerful economic development tool for every community across Kentucky, allowing local leaders to work with the private sector to more strategically plan for technology growth.”
GIS Map of KY Broadband Coverage
According to Governor Fletcher’s Prescription for Innovation, the maps will be used along with other demand- and supply-side incentives toward full broadband deployment, dramatically increased residential use of computers, and a meaningful online presence for every community in Kentucky.
“Understanding where we are and how far we must go is important to the success of Governor Fletcher’s technology initiative," said Commerce Secretary Jim Host, who serves as co-chair of the ConnectKentucky Steering Committee. "Now is the time for citizens, providers and local leaders to come together to realize the benefits of expanding technology.”
In addition to the maps, the Steering Committee also announced the release of the Community Benchmarking Tool. Upon completion of the Community Benchmarking Tool, communities will better understand their current technology usage and adoption rates in nine different sectors including education, agriculture, business and tourism.
With this information, community leaders and providers can more appropriately plan for the growth of technology in each community.
“The community assessment is key in helping to better understand technology usage and to set goals for the future,” said John Hall, retired chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc. and ConnectKentucky co-chair. “Understanding the needs of the community is the first step toward increasing awareness and usage of computers and Internet-related technology in our communities.”
ConnectKentucky is Kentucky’s technology-based economic development alliance of private sector companies, universities and government entities working together to accelerate technology in Kentucky. For more information visit http://www.connectkentucky.org.
Republished with the permission of the Governor's Office
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