Funding announced for broadband education center in Kentucky

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky officials have announced $1 million in grant funding to help build a training center to promote broadband education and training.

Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers say the grants will support construction of a $4.5 million training facility to house the Broadband and Technology Education Center. The center will be at the Pikeville campus of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Beshear committed $500,000 in a Community Development Block Grant for the project.

Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl pledged another $500,000 through an ARC grant.

Officials say the training center will help meet demand for certified technicians in telecommunications installation and maintenance.

Developing the training center comes amid efforts to expand the high-speed, high-capacity broadband network in eastern Kentucky.


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