Gleaner story focuses on broadband speed for class useAccording to an article in the Henderson Gleaner News on 10/13/2013, more than a decade has now passed since high-speed Internet service broadband first became available to homes here.
The story highlights a recent study by the University of Kentucky estimating that more than two out of three Henderson County households 69 percent have broadband service at home while an estimated 69 percent of homes in Union County and 66 percent in Webster County have broadband.
The percentages compared favorably with the statewide average (67 percent) and aren t far behind the U.S. average (73 percent), which is encouraging. But the question was raised whether they had the option of superfast Internet speeds sufficient for taking online college classes?
The story pointed out that only about 61 percent of Kentucky households have access to this speed and only 18 Kentucky counties were ranked in the report as nationally competitive, meaning their connection to broadband service, and the option to subscribe to 25 Mbps service, meets or exceeds the national average. Just four are in Western Kentucky: Daviess, Warren, McCracken and Marshall. according to the report, titled The Internet in Kentucky: Life in the Slow Lane and available at cber.uky.edu.
The report also stated in Union and Webster counties, (relying on Federal Communications Commission data) says access to 25 Mbps speeds is far more limited; it says no households in Union County, and just 11 percent in Webster County, have that option.
Time Warner Cable spokesman Michael Hogan disputed the report stating that the counties of Webster and Union have all speeds: Lite, Standard, Basic, Turbo, Extreme and Ultimate, the latter of which provide download speeds of 30 and 50 Mbps.