Receives $30 million as part of the Connect America Fund
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2015) — AT&T has accepted $30 million to extend broadband to more than 84,000 rural homes and businesses in Kentucky over the next six years.
“AT&T has been investing in our innovative networks in urban and rural areas across the commonwealth for more than 135 years, and we are pleased to participate in this program to continue bringing high-speed Internet services to more Kentuckians,” said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky.
In 2011 the Federal Communications Commission created the Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand broadband in rural areas where market forces and economics do not support expansion.
AT&T has elected to participate in the second phase of the CAF program in Kentucky. AT&T will deliver broadband at speeds of at least 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 1 Mbps for uploads.
“Today’s economy requires reliable high-speed Internet connectivity for both businesses and consumers, and AT&T’s continuing commitment to deploy these vital services is essential for our continuing economic strength in the commonwealth,” said Hal B. Goode, president and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. “This past legislative session, with the leadership of Sen. Hornback and Rep. Rand, we saw how bi-partisan efforts can lead to a more investment-friendly environment in the commonwealth, and this announcement is a great example of the public and private sectors working together to expand economic opportunities in Kentucky.”