Louisville, KY

Mayor Greg Fischer

Kentucky

Total Population: 253,128
Population Density: 4,230 (people/sq.mi.)
Land Mass: 62.1 (sq.mi.)…………

“A high-speed broadband network has quickly become viewed as critical urban infrastructure, similar to electricity, water and roadways. As a city we want to create a world-leading gigabit capable network with comparable and reasonable prices that will foster innovation, drive job creation and stimulate economic growth.”

“Joining Next Century Cities is a great way for Louisville to work with other cities facing similar challenges. Collaboration is imperative and it fuels the exchange of ideas which contributes to the success of cities around the country. Next Century Cities will help provide an adequate foundation to propel Louisville forward in a technology-based economy.”

Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Bat Factory, bourbon and so much more! On the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville is a city on the move, especially when it comes to broadband.

From the start, Louisville made a commitment to make general, business-friendly, fiber-friendly policy changes to attract companies. In 2013, Louisville issued a global call for companies and organizations to consider building a high speed gigabit network in Louisville. The request’s three goals:

  • Creating a world-leading gigabit-capable network across the city to foster innovation, drive job creation and stimulate economic growth;
  • Providing free or heavily-discounted gigabit 100MB (minimum) internet service over a wired or wireless network to underserved and disadvantaged residents;
  • Delivering gigabit internet service at prices comparable to other gigabit fiber communities across the nation.
  • After a successful RFI/RFP process, Louisville’s Metro Council, in July, approved three new 20 year franchise agreements for fiber network buildout with: BGN, SiFi and FiberTech.

Louisville continues to focus on grassroots support for the future network from city residents, academics and the business community.

Engagement occurs through a web-based tool, Louisville Fiber, providing information on the three vendors, project updates and basic facts about fiber infrastructure.

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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