The Democratic Governor of Kentucky has vetoed two years of funding for the continuation of a statewide broadband expansion program that’s a model for pushing nationwide rural broadband. Governor Steven Beshear vetoed $2.4 million in state funding for Connect Kentucky, a group founded in 2002 to spread broadband access around the Bluegrass State.
In vetoing the law Beshear commended the work Connect Kentucky has done to connect the state, but pointed out that, in a time of budget cuts, increasing the program’s funding by 26 percent wasn’t prudent. While Connect Kentucky has its attackers, it enjoys support from both sides of the political aisle and has spawned a national broadband program called Connected Nation. Perhaps Connect Kentucky will find its funding elsewhere.