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Louisville Metro receives "wide ranging" interest in fiber Internet proposal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's administration received eight "wide ranging" responses to its request for a vendor interested in wiring homes and businesses with super-fast fiber Internet connections, said Ted Smith, chief of Louisville Metro Economic Growth & Innovation.

The window to respond to the city's Request for Information closed on Friday. The RFI was issued in November.

City officials are offering vendors easy access to public rights of way to bring fiber connections to homes, but no taxpayer money. The idea is for the cost of the build-out to be paid back in user subscriptions.

Smith, who is leading the project, described the eight responses as "wide ranging in scope and interest."

The city denied WDRB.com's request to view the responses on Monday, saying they are preliminary documents exempt from disclosure under the state's open records law.

Fiber connections, such as the ones Google is bringing to Kansas City and the electric utility installed in Chattanooga, have become of the envy of city officials across the U.S. The connections can also be used for pay-TV service.

"Availability of and access to a high-speed broadband network has quickly become viewed as critical urban infrastructure, similar to electricity, water and roadways," Fischer said in the November fiber announcement.

Louisville residents can express interest in having a connection at their homes at www.louisvillefiber.com.

For more on the idea, check out WDRB.com's Nov. 24 Sunday Edition story.

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