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Today is a big day for Barbourville Utilities as crews began hanging fiber optic cable, the first step in bringing Blink Gigabit Internet service to Barbourville. We took a quick group photo before heading out into the rain. Sign ups for Blink will begin later in the fall, so stay tuned for announcements.

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Fiber optic Internet with gigabit speeds, beginning Sept. 5 

Installation of a new fiber optic cable network begins September 5, 2017 in Barbourville, bringing Internet download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second to more than 4,000 Barbourville Utilities home and business customers.

The new service, named Blink — Barbourville’s gigabit link — is one of the first gigabit Internet services to be introduced in Kentucky. The 1 Gbps download speed — or 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps) — is more than 1,00o times faster than the current, standard Barbourville Utilities Internet service.

“We are extremely pleased to bring revolutionary Internet technology to our community,” Barbourville Utilities General Manager Josh Callihan said. “Increasing broadband access is a top priority in southeastern Kentucky and we are proud that our community will be a pioneer for this growth.” 

“With Blink, our Internet service is now at the forefront of broadband connectivity,” said Barbourville Utilities Telecommunications Director Jason Valentine. “I’m excited that we can now offer our customers gigabit speeds. This is the future-proof upgrade that our community deserves.”

“In working with more than 100 service providers on gigabit service delivery, we have seen the positive impact that gigabit broadband can have in a community, from economic development opportunities to downtown revitalization efforts and more,” said Skip Hirvela, Calix vice president of regional sales. “The Barbourville community has a long and proud history of innovation – and a gigabit-capable network will act as a powerful platform that fosters this spirit. As Barbourville Utilities embarks on their gigabit journey, we at Calix are excited to be their technology partner as they forever change the way of life for the residents and businesses in their community.”

An interesting video on the manufacturing of fiber optic cable. OFS is the company that manufactured the fiber optic cable for Barbourville Utilites.

Barbourville Utilities is upgrading Internet delivery with fiber optic cables directly to customers' homes and businesses. This will mean significantly faster and higher capacity Internet.

Deployment of this advanced technology will begin in late summer 2017 and should be complete by mid-2018. Watch for announcements about installation schedules and availability.