"In the top tier, there's a couple trends that you see," Michael Ramage, project manager for ConnectKentucky's west Kentucky region, said.
"It's either a big city or a college county.
discussed a report, entitled "Connect Barren County," that looked at nine community sectors and how they are using technologies such as the Internet.
The nine sectors were business; health care, libraries,K-12 education, higher education,community-based organizations, government, agriculture, and tourism, recreation and parks.
On a 0-5 scale, K-12 education scored some of the highest marks for technological programs that have been implemented.They include video programs that allow students to produce and share shows on a public network and interactive Web sites that have links to homework assignments and communication with teachers.
"In just about everything, we're doing pretty good," Ramage
The number has since increased to 83 percent, with an addition of more than 240,000 households over two years, according to Ramage
"The main reason to have the ability for high speed Internet access is just because of the information that's out there and most of the World Wide Web is being designed for higher speeds, Scott Luth, executive director of the Industrial Development Economic Authority, said.
"Those that are still on the slower speeds are just missing out on the full use that's out there."Ramage
said that right now, only one area in Barren County
does not have access to broadband connections.It is located just south of Park City and represents 2 percent of the whole county.
"Sometimes those gaps may be satellite," he
said, adding that talks will begin between Alltel
, South Central Rural Telephone and others to work on bringing access to the region.