UK and Starlink Partner to Provide Communication Services to Tornado Areas

Starlink to Provide Kits That Use Advanced Low Orbit Satellites To Enable High Speed ​​Internet

PADUCAH, Ky. (UK Public Relations) – When powerful tornadoes swept through western Kentucky, vital communications networks collapsed. To help bring the region’s first responders and emergency management officials back online, the University of Kentucky’s Co-operative Extension Service has partnered with the Starlink team.

Starlink will supply kits that use advanced low-earth orbit satellites to enable high-speed internet at strategic locations in western Kentucky. Starlink has Internet relay satellites around the world.

A Kentucky 4-H alumnus reached out to Brittany Osborne, McCracken County 4-H Youth Development Officer, to facilitate support with the Kentucky Co-op Extension Service.

“The UK Cooperative Extension Service has an office in each of the affected Kentucky counties,” Osborne said. “This effort just makes sense and allows us even more to do what we do best to help our neighbors and our communities.”

Starlink kits will remain in the affected areas for two months. If they are needed longer than that, the teams will reassess the situation. To maximize reach, the UK works closely with Kentucky Emergency Management and Connected Nation, a non-profit organization that provides tools and resources to help local communities, states and federal agencies create and implement solutions for their broadband and digital technology gaps.

“We are very grateful that Starlink has provided this connectivity to our hard-hit communities,” said Laura Stephenson, Associate Dean and Director of Extension at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “4-H creates lifelong servant leaders, and this is a great example of how 4-Hers responds to the call for help, even after leaving our system.

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