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Letter to the Editor

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Why is reliable internet important to you?

Dear Marshall County Residents,

The Kentucky legislature has allocated $250 million in COVID relief funds for a grant program to expand high-speed broadband into underserved and unserved rural areas. West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications is working in cooperation with the Marshall County Fiscal Court to apply for a grant that, if successful, would expand service in Marshall County.

But we need your help.

One of the key elements’ officials consider in awarding grants is community support, which is where you can help. Would you please send us an email or letter detailing why reliable internet is important to you and your family? Just tell your story in your own words. Key talking points could be the need for students and adults to work from home, access to online commerce, operate a business, pay bills, start a business, communicate with friends and relatives, participate in social media, participate in telehealth with medical providers, monitor emergency service agencies, access entertainment platforms and research and improve agriculture operations.

Submitting a letter of support does not obligate you to sign up for service once the project is completed. If the grant is approved, construction would begin early next year.

It is important to note that the first round of grants target areas designated as unserved. There are underserved areas of Marshall County that will be eligible in future grant cycles.

You can email your comments to or mail letters to my office at 1101 Main Street, Benton KY 42025. Please submit your comments by October 15. Contact my office if you have any questions.

Kevin Neal

Marshall County Judge/Executive