Earlier this year, Kenton County Fiscal Court announced that the Kenton County Library District will be leading a county-wide effort with the Kenton County School District, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky, the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS), and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District to address broadband accessibility and affordability.
To assist with assessing the depth of broadband connectivity, residents of Southern Kenton County are being asked to complete a brief survey. The survey can be found online: http://bit.ly/kcbroadbandsurvey
A resident of Southern Kenton county is defined as the unincorporated areas of Kenton County generally located south of Walton-Nicholson Pike.
Paper copies of the survey are also available at the following locations:
- Kenton County Public Library (William E. Durr Branch)
- 1992 Walton-Nicholson, Independence, KY 41051
- Kenton County Government Center
- 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington, KY 41011
- Historic Kenton County Courthouse
- 5272 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051
- Kenton County Cooperative Extension Office
- 10990 Marshall Rd, Covington, KY 41015
The survey is currently open and will close on April 30th, 2021. Responses are being compiled by PDS.
In a 2016 community needs survey, residents of Southern Kenton County were asked if “unreliable internet and cell coverage in south Kenton County make it difficult to pursue on-line education and reach customers and markets.” Of the 900 respondents, 69.4% either agreed or strongly agreed with this statement.
In response, local government and residents have investigated various options to make broadband more accessible to the rural community. The COVID-19 pandemic elevated this effort as families became more dependent on broadband technology to work, learn and receive medical care from their home.