Frankfort Meeting Held on Next Generation Kentucky Information Highway


Today a meeting was held in Frankfort at the KaCo office building for stakeholders in the Next Generation Kentucky Information Highway Project.   A Public-Private Partnership (P3), the KIH will eventually be comprised of over 3,000 miles of new broadband fiber.   The Commonwealth recently announced its preferred offeror on the Project, a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DMFOM) styled P3 where the Commonwealth will actually own the broadband lines.

Australia-based Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd leads a team including Black & Veatch and Fujitsu for design and construction of the Project as well as FirstSolutions of Seattle.  Current providers and owners of existing fiber lines were on hand to discuss partnering with Macquarie’s consortium.  Pricing from the P3 consortium will be submitted to the Finance Cabinet at the end of February.

Although other states have supported broadband expansion with public funding, no other state has undertaken such a large-scale leap forward its broadband infrastructure.   The public funding component is a mix of federal grants and state funds secured through the bipartisan efforts of Congressman Hal Rogers and Governor Steve Beshear.