Kentucky broadband project inches forward with lease signing

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials have agreed to lease 315 miles of fiber-optic cables from five rural telephone companies as they continue to seek ways to lower the cost of a massive statewide broadband project.

Kentucky is trying to build a statewide broadband network powered by more than 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cables. But the project has been plagued by delays and financing troubles.

The Kentucky Communications Network Authority, which oversees the project, had not met in more than six months. But Thursday, the authority signed an agreement with Bluegrass Network to tap into its network. That means the state will save money because it won't have to build 315 miles of cable.

State officials have not said how they plan to pay for the state's share of the network's cost.

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