Frankfort – The 96th House District is slated to receive $28,445,213 in broadband grant funding from the Kentucky Broadband Deployment Fund. According to Representative Patrick Flannery, the announcement was shared over the last week as the fund rolled out their second wave of grant appropriations.
Currently in Boyd and Carter County, the total project budget to bring service to the 2,798 underserved addresses is $18,756,853, while their share of the over $28 million in grant funding is $11,254,111, cutting those cost of the project by over half. Similarly, in Lewis County, the total project budget to bring service to the approximate 2,121 underserved addresses is $27,848,78, while their portion of grant funding coming to the district is $17,191,102. “I consider this a big win not only for my community and district, but a win for the entire commonwealth,” said Representative Patrick Flannery. “As we embrace the digital age, having access to secure and high-speed internet is integral for our communities to thrive. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding and applaud the diligent effort of my colleagues in the legislature in maintaining broadband access as a priority.” The second wave of funding grants over $190 million to underserved communities across the commonwealth and will bring reliable service to approximately 42,631 underserved addresses. For more information on legislative efforts to secure broadband access, or otherwise, please visit legislature.ky.gov.