Kentucky Broadband Initiative speed test deadline extended

BOWLING GREEN Ky.- A Barren County woman with a school-age daughter who needs the internet for school is grateful for the Kentucky broadband initiative.

During the governor’s daily press briefing Thursday evening, an update to a statewide initiative was provided.

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman spoke more on the Kentucky broadband initiative speed test, which seeks to find areas in the commonwealth with weaker internet connection so that help can be provided.

As of the update, over 61,000 Kentuckians have participated. The deadline for the speed test was originally Feb. 18 but has been extended to March 1.

April Humphrey has a daughter who attends school in the Barren County District. Her daughter uses virtual instruction, which is why April says she’s thankful for this initiative.

“We’ve experienced several days where the internet has either been slow, or we’ve had to reset our routers. Particularly, it seems like in days of bad weather, or just slow internet days where we’ll have to try to do something a little different to make sure she has what she needs,” April said during a Zoom interview which froze twice due to internet speeds.

Metcalfe County High School principal Clint Graham urges every Kentuckian to take the test to ensure students are all learning at high levels.

“As educators and teachers, we’re here for students, and so if we can get as much information as possible for our students to be successful, that’s what we want to do. I would encourage people out there who haven’t taken it to go ahead and take a couple of seconds to take it, and allow our students to be more successful,” Graham said.

To take the speed test, follow this link. The test is free.