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.

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 1,000 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.”