Lexington, KY

Mayor Linda Gorton


Total Population: 308,428
Population Density: 1,092 (people/sq.mi.)
Land Mass: 284.5 (sq.mi.)……………


“Lexington is well on its way to being one of the largest gigabit cities in the country. Now, we are working to take full advantage of this opportunity to leap into tomorrow’s economy with an aggressive economic development campaign to attract new high tech companies.”


“In Next Century Cities, Lexington has found a strong partner as we have worked to improve access to the internet in our community.”


Lexington, Ky., a vibrant University City of more than 300,000, is working on bringing gigabit Internet speed to its citizens and businesses. Mayor Jim Gray launched the effort with the understanding that current constraints within telecommunications companies prevent them from investing in fiber-optic networks to serve current and future bandwidth demand.

The project is just now getting underway. An interdepartmental Fiber Team is now exploring models followed by the few cities that have successfully made the transition. But the Fiber Team is not limiting itself to existing models. It is open to exploring a range of public-private partnerships that can drive dramatically faster internet speeds for residents and businesses while closing the digital divide.

Next steps include a request for information (RFI) to gather interest from private partners, scheduled to be issued in Q1 of 2015.


AES has experienced steady upward growth since our inception. As a small, local operator, we differentiate ourselves with responsiveness and reliability.
Our reputation—and our services—has grown outside our electric service area and city limits. Through several special opportunities and unique partnerships, we’ve extended fiber network beyond our service area, at first to our county’s own airport and a private school system. More recently, we’re collaborating with neighboring cities to establish their first fiber to the business networks. AES continues to be focused on building up our network to increase capacity and coverage. We’ve been a conduit for community progress—and we believe we’re just getting started!

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