As part of an overall initiative to expand access to broadband and telecommunications services in rural America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded KET almost $700,000 through a Public Television Digital Transition Grant to improve access in parts of Eastern Kentucky.
The grant will allow KET to install new antennas and associated transmission lines at two transmitters in Pikeville and Hazard. This work will allow the digital service currently delivered by KET to better replicate the original analog coverage area.
“With this grant, we’ll be able to install new antennas at our transmitters in Hazard and Pikeville. This will allow us to transmit our signal from a higher vantage point, which is necessary in this mountainous region of the state,” says Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director and CEO. “Once this project is completed, viewers in this area should have better access to our programs and services.”
KET’s grant, which was the second highest among those awarded to public television stations, is part of 24 projects that USDA Rural Development is funding through several loan and grant programs administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at ket.org.