Broadband options explored
by Hawkins Teague
Jul 19, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Ramage, Connect Kentucky’s project manager for the West Region, shows a map detailing Trigg County’s broadband Internet access. Connect Kentucky’s goal is to ensure broadband availability throughout the state by the end of 2007.
Michael Ramage, Connect Kentucky’s project manager for the West Region, shows a map detailing Trigg County’s broadband Internet access. Connect Kentucky’s goal is to ensure broadband availability throughout the state by the end of 2007.
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Connect Kentucky had its second Trigg County meeting Thursday to discuss the goal of getting broadband Internet access across the state by the end of 2007.

Michael Ramage, project manager for the West region, said the rate of Kentucky’s growth in access was higher than many other states, but that there is still much work to do.

“We have to grow faster than everyone else,” he said. “We’re playing catch-up.”

Sharon Butts, director of Cadiz’ Economic Development Commission, was present at the meeting, as well as State Rep. Melvin Henley (R-Murray). Also in attendance were Community Education Director Brenda Southwick, Andrea Hampton of Trigg County Adult Education and Pam Metts, director of the John L. Street Library. The meeting was held in the basement of the library.

Ramage showed a map indicating Trigg County’s broadband availability, although he cautioned that the accuracy of the map wasn’t guaranteed. However, he did say that Connect Kentucky’s surveys resulted in more detailed maps than similar surveys that tried to calculate access. He attributed this to Internet providers being less paranoid than they might normally be about giving information to a government entity. Although Connect Kentucky is a statewide initiative supported by government, they are not a direct branch of state government, Ramage said.

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