Harold Rogers

High-speed network project runs into delays

KentuckyWired hit a speed bump when the planned fiber optic network meant to spread high-speed internet throughout the state became entangled in longer-than-expected efforts to gain access to utility poles, lawmakers were told Monday.

As a result, completion of the project's initial phases could be delayed by 10 to 12 months, said Chris Moore, executive director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority, which oversees and maintains the KentuckyWired project.

Now the target date for completing those first phases is the third quarter of 2017, he said.

The entire project could be wrapped up by the first quarter of 2019 — about four to eight months later...