- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has created a board to govern the construction of 3,000 miles of cables for the state’s broadband Internet network.

The project is expected to take two to three years to complete. It will cost about $324 million, with $53.5 million coming from taxpayers and $270.9 million coming from private investment.

The governing board consists of the secretary of the governor’s Executive Cabinet, the state budget director, the executive director of the Public Service Commission, the chief information officer and the chief executive officer of The Center for Rural Development. Each person can choose someone to take their place on the board if they want.

Construction will begin in eastern Kentucky. State officials will hold a kickoff event on Aug. 31 in Hazard.

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