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KentuckyWired project leaders wouldn’t talk to us. So we spoke to the mule

I decided to give Old Bub a call. He’s the mule who spent a couple of years trudging up and down Eastern Kentucky mountains hauling spools of fiber optic cables that would eventually haul parts of rural Kentucky into the 21st century. He was part of a project that worked. A local deal to bring high-speed internet to economically depressed Jackson and Owsley counties. That project stands in stark contrast to what’s happened with a state and federal initiative to bring the same service to the rest of Kentucky — a project that has been plagued by delays, financial penalties and huge cost overruns.

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