Jamestown, Russell Springs, Columbia among first in Kentucky to be gigabit Internet communities

duo county telecom lightspeed G announcement Tom PrestonTom Preston, Duo County Telecom's executive vice-president and CEO, announces Lightspeed G at the Russell County Chamber of Commerce luncheon hosted by Duo County.

Duo County Telecom has completed installing major portions of a new, state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that provides remarkably fast Internet service to homes in portions of Russell County and businesses within Jamestown, Russell Springs and Columbia.

Jamestown, Russell Springs and Columbia, are three of the first gigabit Internet communities in Kentucky and join just a few dozen gigabit communities across America.

The new service, named Lightspeed G, provides Internet speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second (mbps) – or one gigabit – to Jamestown, Russell Springs, Columbia and Russell County’s two business parks. Lightspeed G is available in those areas immediately and it will be offered to businesses and residents in other areas of Russell County as the network is expanded.

Lightspeed G will provide download speeds of 1 Gbps, which is more than 100 times faster than Duo County’s current standard Internet service. While the obvious benefits of this speed include extremely fast movie downloads and rich online games, Russell County businesses that need to access cloud resources and download and transmit large data files will experience immediate results.

“Lightspeed G is an amazing advancement in the speed of Internet service available to residents of Russell County,” said Tom Preston, executive vice-president and CEO of Duo County Telecom. “More importantly, Lightspeed G provides an economic development tool that will enable existing business sectors like automotive manufacturing and healthcare to grow their reach and scope of operations by taking advantage of Duo County’s innovative technology.”

“We are excited by what is developing in the handful of communities nationwide that offer gigabit Internet services and look forward to pursuing what it can mean right here in our own communities.” Preston said. “Educational institutions in some of the rural areas are beginning to offer classes that have never been feasible in their small communities before. Healthcare facilities are beginning to provide immediate access to specialized care that just wasn’t possible. And some communities are being recognized for recruiting, launching and growing entrepreneurs in advanced technology and information fields.”

In 2010 Duo County Telecom announced it would begin building a fiber-optic network that would deliver lightspeed data signals to homes and businesses. Lightspeed G is made possible by a state-of-the-art network that contains three things: 1) all-fiber delivery, 2) cutting-edge network equipment, and 3) a solid path to the Internet backbone that can carry exponentially larger amounts of data than most services in the United States carry today.

 

Cumberland County Bookmobile Offers Summer AR Testing

cumberland county public library's bookmobileThe Cumberland County Public Library in cooperation with the Cumberland County School district is offering mobile Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader (AR) testing this summer from our new bookmobile.

Mobile AR testing is made possible by a donation from Duo County Telecom. Duo County is providing a Bluegrass Cellular 4G wireless router and data service during the summer as a test model for this very important program. Duo County Director of Marketing Eric West indicated, “We are always ready to help support the youth in our communities. … Glad we can help out and give you a test drive of this mobile technology for future mobile testing convenience.”

Your public library is excited to provide this new capability to our summer readers and we hope that students will use this opportunity to KEEP ON READING this summer.

Questions about the bookmobile travel schedule and where you will be able to meet the bookmobile to take an AR test can be answered by calling the public library at 270-864-2207.

Duo Launches HBO® Online Offerings HBO Go® And Max Go®

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More Than 2,000 Titles Now Available Online to DuoTV Customers Who Subscribe to HBO, With Over 550 Additional Titles Available to Cinemax® Subscribers

Duo County Telecom is happy to announce the launch of HBO’s authenticated online video destinations, HBO GO® and MAX GO®.  Duo TV customers who subscribe to HBO and/or Cinemax will now have free, unlimited access to the corresponding online services at any time, on any computer in the U.S. with a high-speed Internet connection as well as iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and select Android devices. HBO subscribers can enjoy even more ways to watch on Apple TV®, Google Chromecast, Xbox 360®, Samsung® Smart TVs, Roku®, Kindle Fire and PlayStation®3. 

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Bluegrass Cellular Launches New Customer Self-Help Center

Bluegrass Cellular has launched a new customer self-help center that will more efficiently link customers to the information they need, as well as make it easier for customers to pay their bills.

This is part of Bluegrass Cellular’s broader efforts to reform its processes to better serve their customers.  By quickly and efficiently managing account information such as balance and usage, the automated telephone information system will help a customer manage their account and pay their bill 24/7.

Improvements brought by the new help center include:

  • Streamlined, user-friendly customer account information
  • Ready access to helpful information that will empower customers to manage their usage and obtain account information on their own
  • Multiple access points - call anytime from your cellular phone:
    • #PAY              Pay Your Bill
    • #BAL              Account Balance
    • #MOU            Current Data/Text/Voice Usage

 

  • Call toll free from any phone:  1-800-928-2355         Press  *
  • Ability for customers to monitor usage, obtain account balance information, or pay their bill, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

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WBKO Notice to Television Subscribers

ABC will not allow us to carry WBKO (Bowling Green ABC) in our market during prime time. ABC programming from other affiliates will be substituted during these periods. Lexington ABC programming will broadcast in Russell county, while Louisville ABC will appear in Adair and Cumberland counties during prime time. Prime time occurs during various parts of the day and night. WBKO programming will be disrupted abruptly during these periods. WBKO weather alerts will not break in during prime time.

We have worked diligently with ABC affiliates to keep WBKO in our channel lineup, and we were able to reach a compromise in order to continue to offer WBKO to our television customers. We appreciate your business. If you have any questions please call our office.

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