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Stimulus project made broadband widely available in local area

By MARTIN CLIFT Mayfield

EDITOR:

Your front page article titled "Internet speed lagging behind in Kentucky," may be true for certain areas in the state, but not west Kentucky.

Are you not aware that WK&T, out of Mayfield received the largest award in the nation, $123.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the "Stimulus Bill" to build a 2,200-mile fiber optic network, across its entire service territory? That award was 50/50 grant/loan. That territory includes residences and businesses in McCracken, Marshall, Graves, Calloway, Carlisle, and Fulton counties. About 15,000 subscribers. The project started in mid-2011, and is now complete, coming in below budget and one year ahead of schedule. Those served by WK&T can now obtain broadband over fiber connections, with speeds up to 60mbs, and the offering of higher speeds, 1gbs will soon be here.  

Your article did not even mention this wonderful success story for your west Kentucky readers.

For more information go to: http://wktelecom.coop/ or you may contact WK&T at 270-674-1000 or myself at 270-970-7649.

MARTIN CLIFT

Regulatory Manager

WK&T (retired)

Mayfield

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