Contact: Leslie Barr
Date: February 1, 2021
KENERGY PROVIDES UPDATE ON BROADBAND
At 5:00 p.m. EST on January 29th, the quiet period for the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction ended allowing participants to speak publicly about the auction and its results.
Kenergy filed a short-term application for the auction, but ultimately decided it was best not to participate.
“Several critical changes needed to be made to current state statues in order for Kenergy to have participated in the RDOF auction. If Kenergy had participated in the auction, been awarded money, and then we were unable to fulfill the obligations from the FCC because of those state statue limitations, we would have been assessed steep penalties and fines,” Kenergy President and CEO Jeff Hohn said. “This would have greatly diminished the chance of our members receiving broadband. Due to the short time-frame between the RDOF auction concluding and the legislature convening, Kenergy did not feel comfortable participating in the auction.”
Kenergy will not be a broadband provider, but there is still good news coming for our members. Conexon, Kenergy’s consultant throughout this process, bid in the place of Kenergy in the RDOF auction and was awarded $21,396,303.60 in the state of Kentucky. Kenergy will work closely with Conexon for the buildout and to acclimate them to the communities they will serve.
“We are excited about the award and look forward to working with members of the Kenergy team to bring the benefits of high-speed fiber internet to the members and communities they serve,” Conexon Partner Randy Klindt said.
For more information about Kenergy, please visit www.kenergycorp.com or call 800.844.4832.