Windstream announced today that it is expanding its Kinetic broadband service to the 5,000 residents of Knox County, Kentucky.
As part of this expansion, the company either has or will have fiber in every county it serves in Kentucky over the next couple of years. From 2019 through 2021, Windstream invested more than $211 million to expand broadband access in the Commonwealth. More than 120,000 locations had access to gig speeds at the end of 2021.
“Windstream has a long and successful track record of providing first-class internet service to communities across Kentucky, and our customers know they can rely on us to deliver,” said Brian Harman, head of Windstream Kentucky operations, in a prepared statement. “We are proud to team up with Knox County to offer dependable, gig-speed internet to support local residents and businesses and to enhance overall quality of life.”
“Over the past decade, the General Assembly has prioritized expansion of high-speed internet access into all corners of the Commonwealth — especially our rural areas that are unserved or underserved,” said Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, in a prepared statement about the Windstream Kentucky expansion. “We appreciate the targeted efforts of strong community partners like Kinetic by Windstream, who are investing in our future and setting the stage for the success of Knox County and the southeast Kentucky region.”
Last year Windstream added 55,000 broadband subscribers across its 18-state footprint. At the end of last year, Windstream reported it had had “consumer broadband growth” in 15 consecutive quarters, with gigabit capable broadband service reaching 1.1 million locations, 20% of its footprint.