Commonwealth Technology News
Commissioner of Technology Mike Inman presents
free PCs, printers and software to over 200 Clay
Clay County Students Receive Free Computers and Lexmark Printers
More than 200 Clay County low-income eighth grade students and their families received free home computers, software and printers through Kentucky's innovative No Child Left Offline program.
Kentucky Digital Government Summit Coming April 25
The Commonwealth Office of Technology is partnering with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the sixth annual Kentucky Digital Government Summit in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bill Would Allow Electric Coops to Enter Broadband Market
Kentucky's electric cooperatives would be able to provide broadband service under legislation passed by the 2006 Kentucky General Assembly in late March.
Majority of KY Doctors Are Now Renewing Their Licenses Online
Over the past few months, nearly 65% of Kentucky doctors who have renewed their professional licenses have done so online at www.Kentucky.gov.
KY State Parks Equipping All Accommodations with Electronic Locks
The Kentucky Department of Parks is undertaking a project that will result in electronic locks being installed on every lodge room and cottage at its state park facilities.
Two Kentucky State Parks Host Geocaching Weekend
The Kentucky Department of Parks hosted a Geocaching Weekend on March 24-25 with geocaching activities at Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow state resort parks.
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Kentucky Leads the Nation in Broadband Growth
Kentucky led the nation in the growth rate of new subscribers to high-speed Internet in the last two years, according to recent statistics released by Gov. Fletcher and ConnectKentucky. During the last two years, home broadband usage in Kentucky has increased from 24 percent to 32 percent of Kentucky households. This represents an increase of more than 240,000 Kentucky households that are currently using broadband service. Now, 77 percent of Kentucky households can subscribe to high-speed service in their area, up from about 60 percent in 2003. The goal is to expand high-speed broadband availability to 90 percent of Kentucky households by year's end, and for full access throughout the state by the end of 2007.
||COT Trivia Question of the Month
Question: What percentage of Kentucky adults do not have a computer at home?
Answer: Thirty-two percent of Kentucky adults do not have a computer at home. This number is down from 35 percent in 2004, according to a survey sponsored by ConnectKentucky, a public-private group that encourages increased computer and high-speed Internet use. Kentucky ranked 41st among states in the percentage of households without computers in the latest U.S. Census data on computer access, taken in 2003.
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