FCC Chair Tom Wheeler: “This Is A Really Big Deal!”

Amidst talk that new Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin would shelve or seriously reduce the scope of Kentucky Wired, the state-wide high speed Internet network currently in development, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler visited tiny McKee, KY, at the invitation of Rep. Hal Rogers. It is there that Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative, PRTC, has built a fiber-optic network capable of delivering 1 gigabit speeds to every home and business in rural Jackson and Owsley Counties. Wheeler came to hear about the impact and endorsed the public/private funding model that made the system possible.  WMMT’s Benny Becker reports on the event with comments from Wheeler, PRTC CEO Keith Gabbard, Jeff Whitehead from EKCEP, and Congressman Rogers.

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