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September 25, 2022

Eastern Kentucky Free Wi-Fi Zones: Supporting Communities Impacted by the Devastating Flooding

The Center for Rural Development, Accelecom, a Kentucky-based high-speed fiber optics provider and exclusive wholesaler of the KentuckyWired Project, and Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh® wireless networks with operations in Morehead, Kentucky, have teamed up to launch six free Wi-Fi sites throughout the Eastern Kentucky region that has been devastated by major flooding. Since the flooding hit the region, communications have been sparse at best. Families affected and those traveling to the area to aid relief efforts are struggling to get communication points up and running.

 

The three organizations realized there was a huge opportunity to help support those impacted and initiated work on Friday, August 5th.

 

By Monday, August 8th, Accelecom established six working Wi-Fi sites using 14 LX5 units donated by Rajant. Each zone covers an arc of approximately 200 meters from the installation point.

 

These zones are open to anyone and can be found at the following locations:

Letcher County Health Department
115 E Main Street
Whitesburg, KY
Network: FEMA Rajant
Password: Accelecom

 

Knott County Health Department
880 W Main Street
Hindman, KY
Network: Knott Rajant
Password: Accelecom

Perry County Health Department
239 Lovern Street
Hazard, KY
Network: Redcross Rajant
Password: Accelecom

Kentucky River District Health Department
441 Gorman Hollow Road
Hazard, KY
Network: Rajant – Perry Co.- 5Ghz
Password: Accelecom

Leslie County Health Department
78 Maple Street
Hyden, KY
Network: Rajant – Leslie Co – 5Ghz
Password: Accelecom

Owsley County Health Department
282 KY 28
Booneville, KY
Network: Rajant – Owsley Co. – 5Ghz
Password: Accelecom

 

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.

 

 

 

 

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