Update From Hal: September 2015
Sep 04 2015
We are entering an exciting era of technology in Eastern Kentucky, as the KentuckyWired "I-Way" broadband project is officially underway. Our new technology highway will bring high speed, high capacity broadband access to every county in our region, with the statewide network spanning 3,400 miles to be completed by 2018. After this open access network is completed in Eastern Kentucky next Spring, local providers and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to extend service to local businesses and homes. Our ultimate goal is getting the last mile covered with this broadband service. To learn more about the "I-Way," visit the SOAR website at soar-ky.org.
So far, FEMA has estimated $13.7 million in damages for state and local government entities, as well as qualified non-profit organizations across the 34 Kentucky counties eligible for the Public Assistance (PA) program.
Individuals living in Breathitt, Carter, Fleming, Johnson, Rowan, Perry, and Trimble counties can apply for federal assistance in several ways:
1. By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (or TTY 800-462-7585).
2. Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
3. Businesses, homeowners and renters can also contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/On Thursday, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) held a hearing in Lexington regarding proposed changes to its so-called Stream Protection Rule (or Stream Buffer Zone). I'm disappointed that the agency failed to host a hearing the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, where the impact of the rule threatens jobs and the local economy. The 2008 rule was carefully crafted and studied over a period of five years before its implementation, yet this Administration has invested millions of dollars in dismantling it in order to further a radical, anti-coal agenda. It is time for this Administration to change its dismissive attitude toward coal miners and their families. Read my full comments for the hearing >>>
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