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A new broadband service map will soon be available for state and federal officials to study where gaps exist in broadband Internet service around the state.
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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

Kentucky’s Open Door site again rated best in the nation
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear’s groundbreaking e-transparency website, Kentucky’s Open Door, has again earned recognition from a national taxpayer watchdog group for being one of the best e-transparency sites in the nation.  Kentucky’s Open Door, online at, is an easy-to-use, searchable website with a wide range of spending information.

Transportation Cabinet launches enhanced traffic information site
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 27, 2010) — Just in time for the vacation travel season the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched an enhanced traffic information website with a number of new features.
The new site, at the same Web address of, operates on a Google Maps-based system, which will be familiar to many users.

Governor Beshear: Still time to register for auto industry conference coming to Lexington in June
FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Gov. Steve Beshear today encouraged Kentuckians to register for next month’s Southern Growth Policies Board Chairman’s Conference, which will be held June 7-8 in Lexington, Ky.  This year’s topic, “Driving the Next 20 Years:  Creating the New Automotive Industry in the South,” is of paramount importance to Southern states, as the auto industry responds to rapid changes in consumer demands, manufacturing and global competition.

Preliminary report shows 9% gain in college degrees this year
Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred an estimated 57,247 degrees and credentials during the 2009-10 academic year, according to a preliminary annual degree report issued earlier today at the Council on Postsecondary Education meeting. This historic number of degrees represents an estimated 9.3 percent increase over last year and includes gains at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and professional doctorate levels.

Governor Beshear Participates in Ribbon Cutting for LabDx in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today joined company and community officials in Lexington for a ribbon cutting at Laboratory and BioDiagnostics LLC (LabDx), a start-up high-tech firm specializing in testing and delivery of laboratory results to electronic medical record systems. LabDx recently began operations in Lexington and expects to create 65 new full-time, high-tech and technical support jobs with an average annual wage of approximately $50,000, exclusive of benefits.

Kentucky Virtual Library names winners of video contest
The Kentucky Virtual Library is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh annual "Create a KYVL Video" contest for students of Kentucky's K-12 public schools. Kentucky Virtual Library holds the contest annually to spotlight the students’ creativity and the coordinators and students of the Student Technology Leadership Program, or STLP™.

Governor Beshear Announces Amneal Pharmaceuticals to Expand in Glasgow
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2010) – Gov. Steve Beshear and Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes today announced Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC will expand its Glasgow operation.  The pharmaceutical company, which currently employs 35 Kentuckians, will create 48 new jobs and invest more than $6.6 million as a result of the project.

Best of Kentucky award winners

The best information technology programs were recently recognized during the 2010 Kentucky Digital Summit held April 20 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. Photos of winners and information about those programs can be found by following this link.

National Tech Stories
Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  How much federal funding was allocated last year by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand broadband in rural areas?

Answer:  More than $7 billion, according to

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

How much federal funding was allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand broadband in rural areas?

(See the answer at the bottom of this page.)


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Last Updated 6/10/2010