Kentucky county taps Connected Nation Exchange for public-private network expertise

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Kentucky's Warren County, which includes the city of Bowling Green, is taking advantage of the opportunities created by the state's new KentuckyWired middle mile network -- which is just beginning construction -- by awarding a contract to Connected Nation Exchange (CNX).

Under the contract, CNX will take the initial steps in the county's process of figuring out public-private partnerships that will connect the KentuckyWired network to last-mile providers the area. By developing "various technical and financial models," CNX will make this task easier and hopefully speed up deployment of high-speed broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals and public safety agencies, as well as businesses and residents.

KentuckyWired, an open access network that will offer fiber throughout the state, is a big boost to Warren County as it looks to upgrade its citizens' Internet access and services. The project has allowed the county to significantly ramp up its broadband initiative, said County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon, who told the Bowling Green Daily News that "what the state is doing is enabling us to proceed in a much more deliberate way than we've been able to in the past." Release