Lexington to Pursue Fiber-Optic Network Bids

Lexington will issue bid for fiber-optic network within next month

by Beth Musgrave, 1.19.16, Kentucky.com

Preliminary estimates from a consulting firm hired by the city show the cost will be $175 to $200 million to build a fiber-optic network to increase sluggish Internet speeds and expand Internet access in Fayette County.

The city hired CTC, a company that has been hired by the state and the city of Louisville, to assess the city’s current infrastructure and determine how much it will cost to build a fiber-optic network. That cost estimate is just preliminary, city officials told a committee of the Lexington Urban County Council on Tuesday.
Aldona Valicenti, Lexington’s chief information officer, told the Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee the city will issue a request for proposals within the next four weeks. That request would be for either private-only or a public-private partnership to build fiber-optic infrastructure.

The city issued a request for information last year to gauge interest in the private sector in building broadband throughout the city. The city received 12 responses including Time Warner Cable and Windstream. The two companies also offer cable and Internet options in Fayette County…Read more at Kentucky.com

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