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Will Adair join Governor Fletcher's plan to go wireless?

By Linda Waggener
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Will Adair County join Governor Fletcher's plan to go wireless? That is the question from ConnectKentucky in their mission to support Governor Fletcher's call for blanketing Kentucky with broadband high speed internet access by 2007. Can Columbia and Adair County jump on board while many of us are still asking, 'what's a broad band?' Mayor Pat Bell openly admitted to asking at one regional meeting if broadband referred to a musical group comprised of women.

In a small meeting room at the back of the Cranmer Dining Center at Lindsey Wilson, a group of 15 people met recently in response to the call from ConnectKentucky to take the next step in the Governor's 'Prescription for Innovation'. The goal of the meeting was to find out where we stand as a community and where we need to go if we're to be 'blanketed with high-speed access' in two years.

Some in the meeting just can't see it happening in Adair County because there's no local cable and there's not enough population to equal the profit incentive here that will encourage Alltel to build it. Unless Columbia and Adair County governments form a co-op like Glasgow has done, some say, we may not be in line for broadband service to our community.

Meeting director Sage Cutler, Project Manager for the central Kentucky region, says, "It's time now to look at the impact of broadband on your community and actively plan how best to grow as technology changes - and greatly increases - learning and earning possibilities." He recommended starting the discussion about broadband and developing a plan for the future.

"Businesses are going to go there anyway, with or without the county offering broadband to everyone," says Doug McCammish, who identified five T1 Cable owners in Adair County. Those who already have the huge T1 cables working for their business operations include: IMO Pump, Garrison Construction, Community Medical Equipment, McCammish Manufacturing and Image Analysis.

Cutler promises to take the statistics from the meeting back to ConnectKentucky for analysis and future follow up. In the meantime, he encourages visiting: http://connectkentucky.org and getting on board the Governor's plan.
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2005-07-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. KNIFLEY RESIDENTS ATTENDED the ConnectKentucky meeting. Tom Fisher, left, and Chief Jack Perkins of the Knifley Fire Department are struggling to find help for their community. They had much to offer at the broadband community meeting about things they think need to be done in the northern part of Adair County.
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