Grayson, Ky. Celebrates Launch of Gig-Speed ​​Internet Service

(TNS) – A ribbon cutting commemorated the completion of a project designed to bring fiber internet to the town of Grayson on Wednesday.

Approximately 1,400 homes and businesses are now equipped with high-speed fiber internet, made possible through a public/private partnership between the City of Grayson and Kinetic.

Completion of the project made Grayson the newest “Gig City”, sharing that distinction with much larger cities in Kentucky such as Louisville and Lexington.

“It’s something this city has needed for years,” Grayson Mayor George Steele said during the ceremony at Grayson City Park. “I’m very proud that the council decided to do this when other governments said no.”

Steele said he credits the city council’s “can do” attitude for any improvements Grayson has been able to make, but said the fiber internet project is the one he’s most proud of during his time as mayor.

Fiber internet, he said, will be crucial in attracting new businesses to the city as well as improving access to health care and educational resources.

Grayson City Councilman Troy Combs said the project was the result of hard work by a group of different individuals. What began as an investigation into the cost of bringing fiber internet to Grayson finally culminated in Wednesday’s ceremony, he said.

Kinetic has invested $550,000 and the City of Grayson has invested $250,000 of its ARPA funds to bring gigabit broadband to Grayson. Gigabit broadband allows users to download 1,000 megabits per second, which is 100 times faster than the average internet speed in the United States, according to Kinetic. The company said it has or will have fiber optic internet in every county it serves in Kentucky within the next two years.

“I want to thank the Windstream team and the City of Grayson for their innovative approach to public service,” State Senator Robin Webb said at the event. Webb said the new fiber internet will play a crucial role not only in economic development, but also in public health and safety.

She praised the “team on the ground” who worked diligently to overcome challenges such as weather events, topography and infrastructure to complete the project months ahead of schedule.

State Rep. Patrick Flannery said that at the gas station or grocery store, the topic people most often mentioned to him was high-speed internet.

“The future is high-speed internet,” Flannery said after praising Windstream and the town of Grayson. “A lot of people are moving into our communities, and a lot of those people will be working from home. So this 21st century infrastructure is affecting everything we care about, from our schools to our healthcare. So it’s a good thing. day, and thank you for making this possible.”

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