New map to show availability of broadband in Kentucky
State and federal officials will soon have an updated broadband service map of Kentucky to see where gaps in the availability of high-speed Internet service exist throughout the state.
Those gaps are at the heart of a federal initiative to extend the availability of high-speed Internet service into rural America through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to Steve Landers, broadband coordinator at Commonwealth Office of Technology. More than $7 billion in federal funding was allocated through the ARRA in 2009 to help close the digital divide in rural areas, he said.
Landers said the updated map will help COT and other key stakeholders develop a strategic plan to identify where those service gaps exist and help officials develop a strategic plan for extending service in those areas. The last map update was completed in 2007.
States were awarded a total of $350 million in ARRA funding to pay for broadband mapping and related studies. Kentucky received $2.1 million, Landers said.
A recent survey of broadband availability drew more than 6,000 responses from citizens in all areas of the state, Landers said.