Local fiber internet service energynet, a partnership between Hopkinsville Electric System and Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, will receive a boost from Kentucky Infrastructure Authority funds to help bring high-speed Internet to those in rural areas that don’t yet have it.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday in a press release that the project would receive seven grants totaling $13,827,320. The overall project cost is $27,906,340 including the required matching funds. This investment will expand access to high-speed internet to 5,598 currently unserved households and businesses located in Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd and Trigg counties.
The funding support will alleviate some of the significant financial burden associated with building energynet as the area’s rural fiber-optic broadband network, according to a press release from Pennyrile Electric. Christian, Todd and Trigg counties currently have energynet fiber service available in many homes, but this funding will support the continued investment made by Pennyrile Electric & HES to provide energynet fiber internet service to more residents.
“We are immensely grateful for KIA’s support. We have provided electricity to local residents and businesses since 1937, and we are excited to deliver yet another critical utility that will further empower our members and communities and enhance their quality of life,” said Alan Gates, President & CEO of Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.
Those with energynet service will be connected to vital services that include remote access to education and healthcare.
“The investment required to bring fast, reliable internet service to the Hopkinsville Electric & Pennyrile Electric service area is significant. We appreciate the state recognizes how important this investment in digital infrastructure is. We look forward to serving even more residents with our energynet fiber-optic broadband network,” said Jeff Hurd, General Manager of Hopkinsville Electric System.
Those interested in receiving more information about the availability of energynet fiber internet service should visit goenergynet.com.