Barbourville Utilities Begins Construction of Blink Fiber Network in Kentucky

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BARBOURVILLE, KY — Installation of a new fiber optic cable network begins September 5, 2017 in Barbourville, bringing internet download speeds of up to 1 Gbps to more than 4,000 Barbourville Utilities home and business customers.

The new service, named Blink — Barbourville’s gigabit link — is one of the first gigabit internet services to be introduced in Kentucky. The 1 Gbps download speed is more than 1,000 times faster than the current, standard Barbourville Utilities internet service.

“We are extremely pleased to bring revolutionary internet technology to our community,” Barbourville Utilities General Manager Josh Callihan said. “Increasing broadband access is a top priority in southeastern Kentucky and we are proud that our community will be a pioneer for this growth.”

Trucks arrived in Barbourville last week carrying more than 90 miles of fiber optic cable that will be installed in four phases during the next nine months. In addition to hanging fiber, Barbourville Utilities representatives will go door-to-door during each phase to upgrade existing equipment at each customer’s home or business. The equipment upgrade is provided at no cost to customers.

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