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U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Eastern Kentucky University's online degree programs among the best in the nation. EKU is 39th on the list of Best Online Programs for Veterans. The school also made the top 50 list of Best Online Programs in Nursing for the fifth consecutive year, performing better than any other Kentucky school. EKU's online bachelor's programs and graduate degrees in education moved up in the rankings, landing in the top 100.

"We are incredibly proud of our online programs that excel in these high-profile rankings year after year," said Tim Matthews, executive director of the Office of eCampus Learning, in a release. "We have grown dramatically since our first online class was taught in 2006, but the quality of our courses and the commitment of our faculty continues to set the standard."

EKU is repeatedly recognized as a leader among military friendly schools, and online programs are no exception. The university participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides funding for tuition expenses that are not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Active duty service members qualify for reduced tuition. Students and families also benefit from flexible admission and withdrawal policies while on deployment.

Online degrees were assessed using four weighted categories: engagement; services and technology; faculty credentials and training; and expert opinion. Graduate programs were also scored on student excellence, a category that included undergraduate GPAs and acceptance rate.

Kentucky Bank opens office in Hamburg

Kentucky Bank recently announced that it has opened a new banking center at the corner of Man o' War and Polo Club, beside the Costco gas station, in Lexington.

"We are very happy to be expanding our business in Lexington," said Louis Prichard, president and CEO of Kentucky Bank. "Kentucky Bank and our knowledgeable team of bankers are invested in the community and committed to offering premier customer service to this neighborhood. The opening of this new banking center is just one of the ways we deliver our style of "Call It Home!" service through the combination of bank lobby services, drive thru lanes, and online services."

AT&T Expands Mobile Network in Kentucky

AT&T added nearly 200 new cell sites to its 4G LTE network in Kentucky last year to help give customers faster, more reliable wireless service. The sites included 89 new macro cell towers and 110 small cells. Additionally, 5G service was expanded in the Louisville area bringing the latest technology to even more customers. These investments are part of the nearly $800 million AT&T has made in its Kentucky wireless and wireline networks over the past 3 years.

The majority of the new macro towers also include equipment to enable Fixed Wireless Internet service. This innovative service delivers an internet connection with typical download speeds of 25Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer's home or business, creating an efficient way to deliver last-mile high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas. To date, Fixed Wireless service has been made available to more than 67,000 homes and small businesses in parts of 57 Kentucky counties.

The towers used to provide this service are connected to AT&T's network using AT&T fiber optics. AT&T has nearly 1.5 million strand miles of fiber optics covering Kentucky, which enables the company to offer a wide variety of products and services delivering the high-speed connectivity Kentucky businesses and residents need.

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