Barbourville Utilities, like all cable and satellite providers, is obligated to pay retransmission consent fees to local TV station broadcasters in order to transmit their signals. Barbourville Cable is currently in contract renegotiations with WATE 6, WYMT 57, WDKY FOX 56, WTVQ 36, WLEX 18, WKYT 27, WVLT 8, and WBIR 10. Our existing agreement will expire on December 31st, 2017. 

The laws governing retransmission fees are part of the 1992 Cable Act. This Act was written at a time when competition among TV Providers was limited and the internet was in its infancy. Many TV Stations are abusing these outdated rules to boost profits, demanding rate increases that will ultimately be passed on to you, the viewer. 

As Barbourville Cable nears the end of its current contract, local station owners are, in fact, making the request for exorbitant rate increases. However, we intend to maintain good-faith negotiations with WATE 6, WYMT 57, WDKY FOX 56, WTVQ 36, WLEX 18, WKYT 27, WVLT 8, WBIR 10 and we are optimistic that an agreement will be met before the expiration of our current contract. As your hometown cable provider, our goal will always be to offer more choice while keeping cost as low as possible. We will keep you updated as negotiations progress. 


PRESS RELEASE: Rural municipality utilities extend fiber broadband access with Clearfield in Kentucky

MINNEAPOLIS – October 3, 2017 - Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management for communication service providers, has partnered with Barbourville Utilities in Barbourville, Kentucky, to make Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and unprecedented internet speeds a reality for thousands of residents in the rural Kentucky communities of Barbourville and Knox County. Barbourville Utilities is utilizing in-cassette splicing within Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) 288-port Cabinet, as a means to lower the cost of deployment by removing traditional field splicing at the cabinet.

For the first time since it was built in the mid-1950’s, Barbourville’s flood wall is now nationally certified to protect the town from a flood. Had the flood wall not passed its recent inspection, residents, and businesses could have seen a hike in insurance costs across the city.

Barbourville Utilities monitors and manages the community's flood wall, complying with federal regulations for inspection and offering public monitoring of Cumberland River levels on this website.

Read the full story on the Mountain Advocate website.

WYMT TV was on hand Tuesday (September 5) to witness the beginning of our multi-month installation of "Blink," Barbourville's Gigabit Link. The fiber to the home service will bring significantly faster Internet to Barbourville.