Steve Beshear

Bevin vows to finish statewide broadband network

Kentucky's Republican governor said he is "absolutely committed" to completing a statewide broadband network despite questions about how the state will pay for its share of the $270 million project.

A group of private companies has borrowed more than $270 million to build the network. Kentucky officials promised to pay the companies about $28 million a year for internet service, including $13 million from the state's public school districts, which the companies would use to pay off the loan. But state officials soon found they could not use the money from public school districts, creating a $13 million gap.

On Friday, Bevin stood with U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in the...