The KentuckyWired Middle Mile plan was contracted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to bring over 3,400 miles of high-speed, high capacity fiber optic Internet connectivity to its 120 counties. KentuckyWired will significantly improve connectivity, increase speeds, and offer some of the fastest broadband capacity in the United States, helping to break down geographic and financial barriers to education and economic development, and help connect Kentuckians to the world.
A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with Macquarie Capital and a team of market-specialists was created to develop the robust and reliable fiber “backbone” infrastructure. Ledcor Group of Companies and Overland Contracting Inc., a Black & Veatch Company, make up the Design Build Team (NG-KIH DBLLC Contractors) and have signed definitive agreements rolling up to the Commonwealth to help develop, design, and build the network. Ledcor will operate and maintain the network for the next 30 years.
Name: Elree F. Canty
Role on the Project: As a Field Construction Manager, Elree oversees field inside and outside plant operations which include underground, aerial, and building entry construction statewide.
My Story: Elree Canty has a combined 13 years of utility experience in both natural gas and telecommunications working in project controls, project engineering, materials, and operations. His motivation is being a part of projects that help others in their daily lives.
“The most exciting part about my job is working alongside other brilliant men and women hammering out the details and providing a much needed service for the community to enjoy on a daily basis.”
Elree is married to his childhood sweetheart Tyson Canty and expecting their first child in November. His hobbies include reading, hiking, playing basketball, and going to the movies. For several years he has volunteered at local community colleges as a mentor to assist students in their transition from high school to college. He has aided in programs assisting at risk youth in directing them toward the right path. In 2011, he created a nonprofit in a nearby suburb of his hometown, Kansas City, MO, that serves the needs of abused families, feeds impoverished communities locally and abroad, and demonstrates other deeds of kindness.
Where I live: Since the beginning of the project Elree and his family have found residence in the Tates Creek area of Lexington, KY. Currently, he attends Immanuel Baptist Church and teaches a Sunday school class.
“There is so much to do, such as, the entertaining races, enjoying the beautiful green grass, catching an exciting UK basketball game, and southern hospitality. Any person would happy to call Kentucky home.”
Why I joined the DBLLC: Prior to joining the DBLLC Elree was concluding another major statewide fiber communication project. He was asked if he would be interested in the opportunity to build and improve internet service for Kentucky. The Kentucky Wire project will provide strong and reliable service for schools, local government buildings, libraries, hospitals, and more.
The KentuckyWired Project has taken flight with the first aerial Fiber Optic Cable being placed in Lexington, KY in July 2017. The DBLLC will soon have crews working across the Commonwealth to provide the 3400+ Middle Mile project. The project will place Kentucky as the first in the nation to have this high speed […]
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