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Eastern Kentucky business succeeding globally through high speed broadband connectivity
KentuckyWired will bring the “middle mile” fiber optic infrastructure to every county in Eastern Kentucky. Local communities and Internet Service Providers (ISP) will be able to build the “last mile” to connect to businesses and homes. The goal is ...
According to Huston, over one third of Troll and Toad sales are international“We ship to over 120 countries and it ends up being about 35 percent of our sales,” Huston said“We cannot accomplish that if we do not have state-of-the-art internet service, it’s not possible.”
Another aim of KentuckyWired is to bring teleworking and remote access employment opportunities to Southern and Eastern KentuckyResearch indicates that increasing broadband speed could increase household incomes by over $2,000 a year, and 80 new jobs are created for every additional 1,000 broadband users
KentuckyWired will bring the “middle mile” fiber optic infrastructure to every county in Eastern KentuckyLocal communities and Internet Service Providers (ISP) will be able to build the “last mile” to connect to businesses and homesThe goal is to improve and increase broadband access, while reducing cost through competition, in order to promote economic development, increase educational attainment, and improve healthcare outcomes as a result.
Huston’s success with Troll and Toad has allowed him to expand his operation and begin other business venturesIn 2011, Troll and Toad moved into a one-million-square-foot warehouse in Laurel County–the former home of American Greeting Cards
In 2011, Huston won an Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award (EIEA) for Troll and ToadIn 2012, he began Six Hogs with a fellow EIEA winner, Andrew PenningtonSix Hogs sources or manufactures products with the sole intent of selling online through www.amazon.comProducts include household items, plush items, and a food manufacturing division, which packages custom blends of tea and coffeeSix Hogs currently employs 28 people and is up to $8 million in annual sales.
Most recently, he started Gambit, which purchases products from major retail stores, such as Wal-Mart, Target and Big Lots, for resale on the internetIt is already up to five employees and is doing well with sales.
When asked if he thought affordable, reliable high-speed internet access could prove beneficial to other businesses and communities in Eastern Kentucky Huston said, “Internet now, today, is as vital as electricity was or water or sewerageIt is a necessity.”
More information about the history and progress of KentuckyWired is available at kentuckywired.ky.govYou may also join a mailing list to receive news and information about KentuckyWired from The Center for Rural Development or contact Larry RCombs, Broadband Implementation Manager for The Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.SCongressman 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 cultureThe Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.
From Center for Rural Development Communications
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