There are currently multiple options for phone or high speed broadband with plans to provide gigabyte service by mid-2017 to the site.
Fast, reliable broadband internet is a necessity in the business world now. It is an essential service now – like electricity or water. Businesses, both large and small, need to have access to product orders, company headquarters, inventories, and other information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Business in our community will be able to compete globally with faster broadband speeds. Fast and dependable broadband is an economic lifeline – giving way to increased job creation, education, and health access. KentuckyWired is a new, statewide project recommended by the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) initiative that will bring fast broadband to every county in the state, beginning in Eastern Kentucky. With the KentuckyWired project, Pikeville and Eastern Kentucky are moving mountains by breaking down the geographic and financial barriers to connect our community globally, allowing greater access to education, healthcare, and economic development.
The Eastern Kentucky region (this includes Pikeville, Kentucky) will be the first priority area, with work beginning in the summer of 2015. Work is expected to be completed in Pikeville by January 2017.
The KentuckyWired project is estimated to total $324 million. The funding will be provided by both federal and state levels, as well as the private sector.
This project is the largest P3 fiber partnership in the country and the only one which is fully open-access.
The city has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of Kentucky to become the first gigabyte community in the state.
Pikeville, Kentucky is in the beginning stages of the broadband strategy for the community and exploring what is the most effective way to take full advantage of this opportunity. A full feasibility study is being conducted to guide Pikeville in constructing the last mile. This will improve current healthcare and education by creating a virtual presence and connecting Pikeville globally. Funding is committed for the last mile to service premises by Pikeville by mid-2017 with the industrial park bring our first priority. The contracts have been executed between Pikeville and Kentucky Wired to implement the service.