Commonwealth Technology News
Gov. Fletcher announces grants for 20 Kentucky high-tech small businesses at a news conference in Louisville on July 19, 2007.
Ivy League Study Ranks Kentucky Near Top in Governmental Use of Technology
Kentucky was ranked fourth among all states in the eighth annual e-government analysis published by researchers at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy.
Kentucky High-Tech Small Business Grants Attracting Nationwide Interest
Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently announced that 20 Kentucky high-technology start-ups will share nearly $1.9 million in state matching funds.
Gov. Fletcher Announces AT&T Kentucky to Bring More Than 350 New Jobs to Louisville
Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary John Hindman recently announced the decision by AT&T Kentucky to establish a customer care center in Louisville, creating more than 350 jobs in the commonwealth.
Kentucky Awarded Up To $30.4 Million In Homeland Security Funds
On July 18, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that Kentucky will receive up to $30.4 million in grants for 2007 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Gov. Fletcher Announces Sitel Operating Corp. to Locate Call Center in Glasgow
On July 20, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher joined officials and leaders of Glasgow, Barren County and Sitel Operating Corp. to announce Sitel’s opening of a contact center facility in Glasgow.
Gov. Fletcher and Transportation Cabinet Upgrade Additional County Clerks' Offices With New Technology
Technology upgrades continue to be made at county clerks’ offices across the commonwealth.
Kentucky One of the First States to Electronically Record Pseudoephedrine Sales
Kentucky is only the second state in the country to electronically monitor statewide pseudoephedrine sales via a central database.
Health Department Launches New Volunteer Health Professionals Program
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) recently announced the launch of the Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge (KHELPS) program, a state-based system to register medical professionals interested in volunteering to offer assistance during public health emergencies or disasters.
Settlement is Announced Regarding AOL Cancellation Issues
Kentucky's Office of the Attorney General recently announced a settlement with AOL requiring the company to make significant changes in honoring consumer cancellation requests and further ordering refunds for consumers.
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Home Broadband Adoption 2007
Nearly half, 47 percent, of all adult Americans now have a high-speed internet connection at home, according to a recently released survey conducted in February 2007 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The percentage of Americans with broadband at home has grown from 42 percent in early 2006 and 30 percent in early 2005. Among individuals who use the internet at home, 70 percent have a high-speed connection while 23 percent use dialup.
The 12 percent growth rate from 2006 to 2007 trails the 40 percent increase in the 2005 to 2006 timeframe, when many people in the middle-income and older age groups acquired home broadband connections. Those groups continued to show increases in home broadband adoption into early 2007, but at lower rates than in the past.
According to ConnectKentucky, broadband use at home in Kentucky has increased 73 percent during the last two years, a rate that has led the nation.
View the press release for the Pew/Internet survey.
||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: Kentucky organizations recently applied for almost $75 million in homeland security and terrorism prevention grants. What were Kentucky's top priorities in applying for the grants?
Answer: Kentucky agencies and organizations submitting applications for the latest homeland security and terrorism prevention grants cited the following areas as priorities:
- Mobile data communications;
- Communications infrastructure;
- 9-1-1 services;
- Continued development of Kentucky's Intelligence and Information Fusion Center;
- Enhancement of the Kentucky Open Portal Solution;
- The state commercial vehicle program;
- Citizen awareness and outreach; and
- Exercise and training programs.
For more information about the status of Kentucky's latest grant applications, see the following story in this month's Techlines: Kentucky Awarded Up To $30.4 Million In Homeland Security Funds.
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