Kentucky Evaluates Use of Public Property for Expanding Broadband and Cellular Infrastructure
ConnectKentucky to Assess Opportunity to Extend Wireless Networks
Frankfort, Kentucky, August 29, 2005: ConnectKentucky announced today it is working with Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE: CCI) to evaluate state properties, including state parks and Department of Transportation properties, to identify opportunities for extending wireless services. As a ConnectKentucky partner, Crown Castle is gathering demographic data and radio frequency drive-test information for certain state properties. ConnectKentucky will use the data gathered to fully assess the opportunity for additional build-out and to identify priority areas for infrastructure expansion in underserved areas.
According to data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Kentuckians now have more wireless phones than wire line connections. In its most recent "Local Telephone Competition Report”, the FCC reports the number of wireless subscribers in the Commonwealth rose to 2.2 million in 2004, an increase of 21%, while wire line connections declined to 2 million statewide. Nationally, the market is split 50-50 between wireless subscriptions and wire line connections.
Governor Fletcher’s Prescription for Innovation calls for a grassroots effort to work community by community to improve the technology health of Kentucky. Part of that plan has charged ConnectKentucky with evaluating the opportunity to use state-owned property to extend wireless technology so that rural Kentuckians have the ability to access new technology. The Prescription for Innovation provides a commitment to ensure that every Kentucky community has the opportunity to realize the benefits of technology and that no Kentuckian is forced to remain on the wrong side of the digital divide.
ConnectKentucky, Kentucky’s technology-based economic development partnership, is an alliance of technology-minded businesses, government entities, and universities working together to accelerate technology in the Commonwealth. For more information on ConnectKentucky visit: www.connectkentucky.org.
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 76 of the top 100 United States markets and to substantially all of the Australian population. Crown Castle owns, operates and manages over 11,000 and 1,300 wireless communication sites in the U.S. and Australia, respectively. For more information on Crown Castle visit: www.crowncastle.com.
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