KentuckyWired Project is Live & Successful Thanks to Partnership with Accelecom
Accelecom is now selling to customers across the state and serving the healthcare industry in Eastern Kentucky and enterprise businesses throughout the Commonwealth.
Accelecom, the exclusive enterprise wholesaler of the KentuckyWired Network connecting all 120 counties of the Commonwealth, has been hard at work in the last year reaching out to local businesses to connect them to the secure, high-speed network. Since they launched, they’ve successfully partnered with enterprise businesses like Carhartt and Rajant. They’ve also been busy creating strong relationships and partnerships with The Center for Rural Development (CRD), Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA).
In collaboration with The Center for Rural Development, rural Kentucky health departments like St. Claire Healthcare, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, and Pike County Health Department are now live on the network. Having access to a high-speed, secure network is crucial to not just the digital health of these organizations, but also to improve the physical health of patients as providers can now interact with Telehealth services. Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of CRD, stated, “In 2030 or 2040, this technology will still be servicing the new technology that comes along.” This goal evolved from an Eastern Kentucky focus to now supporting all regions of Kentucky.
This critical, high speed network service is part of Accelecom’s plan to connect rural Kentucky to larger hubs and to bring cloud applications to the edge of Kentucky, aiming to continue to close the Commonwealth’s digital divide. Thanks to the KentuckyWired Network and Accelecom, Kentucky is officially the first state to establish broadband capabilities in all its areas, rural and urban alike.
It’s important to note the difference Accelecom can make for the Commonwealth and its residents. Along with profit-sharing back into the Commonwealth, projected to hit in the next 5 years, to date, Accelecom has invested $50M to launch the business and get companies connected to the network. They’ve expanded and hired over 40 highly-skilled Kentucky-based employees offering highly competitive salaries. Accelecom is also about to invest another $100M over the next 12 months to further its network and company.
As more businesses go live on the network and the network expands further into communities, local and national ISPs like the Windstream, Charter, Eastern Kentucky Network and Bluegrass Network (ENNI partners of Accelecom) can be last-mile connectors offering high-speed internet services to residents. “Accelecom is just ramping up with sales and revenue to contribute back into the Commonwealth,” David Flessas, CEO of Accelecom, said. “Based on recent successes with new clients live on the network, we do anticipate being highly successful in these coming years.”