Wall Street Journal profiles ConnectKentucky’s role in state’s economic development

ConnectKentucky, a non-profit in Kentucky whose goal is to expand the availability of broadband in the state, got a write-up in the Wall Street Journal about its efforts to bring high-speed connections to businesses and people who work from home. The WSJ article mentions, but does not expand upon, people using broadband to work from their homes. With the rising price of petrol, more people should work from home, but without affordable broadband service, that’s impossible.

I am surprised that improving broadband infrastructure – wired and wireless – and making it even more widely available and cheap, is not part of a national energy and environmental policy. It seems to me that this would go hand in hand with improving public transportation and encouraging the development of renewable energy sources (e.g. solar power).

Are there organizations like ConnectKentucky in other parts of the US, trying to bring broadband to their areas? Is there any state where improving broadband service has been incorporated into the state’s energy policy?

Comments

  1. you better beleive it……..see http://www.e-nc.org

    CK “borrowed” a lot of their format.

    Nuff said.

    jcm

  2. Agreed. The WSJ story about ConnectKentucky read like a re-purposed press release. No mention of other state initiatives or (more roundly) the tremendous gaping holes in CK’s methodology.

    And would anyone like some sugar in their nepotism tea? (See the Mefford family tree.)

  3. Seriously. The Wall Street Journal piece is an advertisement for a group whose methodology is suspect, and is rumored to be a lobbying and policy apparatus of the incumbent duopoly.

    http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1334

    If you check their board of directors, it’s largely comprised of incumbent executives or policy group chiefs.

    Would have thought a site dedicated to municipal broadband issues would have been all over this….

  4. Esme Vos says

    I had no idea all those incumbents on the ConnectKentucky board. As long as the state has no open network policy and broadband competition, prices will remain high, speeds will be below what people in other countries already enjoy.

  5. broadbandless says

    I, unfortunately, am one of the people who so far have been left out of this grandiose plan concocted by ConnectKentucky. I live in Western Kentucky in an area unserved by any broadband internet provider. And no, I don’t count satellite providers as true broadband internet. I’ve spoken with numerous different people in all parties involved and been told different things almost every time. When I moved here in 2005, after finding out there was no cable svc. at my new house, I contacted ConnectKentucky and they informed me that they were waiting on a decision from the FCC & then BellSouth would be “blanketing” my area with DSL fiber. 3 years later & I’m still waiting. I was told by BellSouth that DSL was available in my area, but there were only a certain amount of “slots” open & they were full & I’d have to wait for the next open slot. I’m calling shenanigans on this one. I have dial-up service & can never connect with @ more than 31.2kbps. When it rains, the connection is never faster than 28.8 & most times I cannot get connected at all. With that in mind, I don’t think that the lines running to my house will support DSL. Correct me if I’m wrong. Lastly, over on dslreports.com I found a post by a gentlemen quoting an individual who supposedly worked for the Western Ky. branch of ConnectKentucky & they stated that beginning Aug. 31st. they were rolling out multi-megabit wireless internet in 7 counties encompassing 2,600 sq. miles here in Western Ky. You know what, I, nor anybody I’ve talked to, have never heard a damn thing about this.

  6. broadbandless says

    I’m sorry, I didn’t put a year after my comment about the “mega-multibit internet plan” It was Aug. 31st. 2007

  7. Esme Vos says

    To Broadbandless and Holla: I am curious to find out more about ConnectKentucky — please send me an email privately.

    esme[at]muniwireless.com