ConnectKentucky
ConnectKentucky Adds Eight Strategic Partners

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  Kasey Joyner
270-781-4320
 


Camvera Networks, Cinergy, Computer Associates, Crown Castle, GeoWireless, Kentucky.gov, LexMark, Vivato to Join the ConnectKentucky Partnership

Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the addition of eight companies to the ConnectKentucky partnership, an alliance of technology-minded companies supporting the Governor's Prescription for Innovation to provide broadband (high-speed Internet) access to all Kentuckians by 2007 and improve computer adoption among citizens, business, and local government.

According to Governor Fletcher, “My Prescription for Innovation brings together the private and public sectors to improve economic development through technology expansion. These most recent additions to the ConnectKentucky partnership bring unique expertise to the initiative and represent the comprehensive approach to improving all aspects of technology expansion and adoption in Kentucky.”

New partners include Camvera Networks, Cinergy, Computer Associates International, Crown Castle, GeoWireless, Kentucky.gov, Lexmark, and Vivato.   The companies represent distinct areas of the technology sector including: hardware manufacturing, software consulting, e-government applications, energy, and network infrastructure.

Camvera Networks, previously Tri-State Broadband, is a wireless broadband systems integration and operations management company focusing on the development of enhanced broadband services for non-served and under-served rural and “fringe” urban markets.  The Company provides high-speed wireless solutions in partnership with small to medium-sized cities to assist them in attracting new businesses and jobs, to drive additional revenue, and to provide critical services for schools, hospitals, and area residents and businesses.

Cinergy Corp. is a leading energy company in the United States, supplying forty percent of energy consuming population in the Midwest.  Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cinergy Corp. claims over 69,000 miles of electric and gas lines in the U.S.  To date, Cinergy Corp. employs over seven thousand employees in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE:CA) is the world's largest management software company.  With a growing regional presence in Kentucky, CA delivers software and services across operations, security, storage, life cycle and service management to optimize the performance, reliability and efficiency of enterprise IT environments. Founded in 1976, CA has large offices throughout the nation; and its worldwide headquarters is in Islandia, New York. CA serves customers in more than 140 countries. Today, Computer Associates has 300 patents in the U.S. and awaits 1, 400 more worldwide.  For more information on CA, please visit http://ca.com.

Crown Castle International Corp. engineers, deploys, owns and operates technologically advanced shared wireless infrastructure, including extensive networks of towers. Crown Castle offers significant wireless communications coverage to 68 of the top 100 United States markets and to substantially all of the Australian population. Crown Castle owns, operates and manages over 10,600 and over 1,300 wireless communication sites in the U.S. and Australia, respectively.

GeoWireless is a leader in wireless technology solutions for government and industry.  Their approach is to tailor unique solutions to unique requirements. Considered as subject matter experts in wireless technology, security, training and architectural design, GeoWireless provides scaled wireless solutions from Urban to Municipalities, Cities and even State wide architectures. www.GeoWireless.net

Kentucky Interactive manages Kentucky.gov the Internet presence of Kentucky State Government (www.kentucky.gov).  The website allows residents to actively participate in state government and local government with applications such as legislative bill tracking, vehicle registration renewal, and the ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses online—along with numerous other services.

Lexmark, with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing and imaging solutions for customers in more than 150 countries. The company had approximately $5.3 billion in revenue in 2004.

Vivato is a network infrastructure company and manufacturer of the industry's first Wi-Fi base stations for extended range applications. Vivato Wi-Fi base stations deliver unprecedented range and capacity, for both outdoor and indoor environments. Vivato's revolutionary new technology enables our vision of Wi-Fi networks everywhere: throughout metropolitan areas, rural expanses, across campuses and in the enterprise.

ConnectKentucky recently released the 2005 Annual Report entitled Making Progress a Priority.  The report outlines the current efforts of ConnectKentucky and the work necessary to ensure complete broadband deployment in Kentucky by 2007.  Additionally, the report highlights current innovation in agriculture, education, manufacturing, arts and service industries. Making Progress a Priority can be viewed on the ConnectKentucky website, www.connectkentucky.org.

ConnectKentucky is an alliance of technology-minded businesses, government entities, and universities working together to accelerate technology in the Commonwealth. The ConnectKentucky partnership is chaired by Mr. John R. Hall, the retired Chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc., Commerce Secretary W. James Host, and Commissioner Darrell D. Brock, Jr. of the Governor's Office for Local Development.