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. Once completed, Kentucky will be the first state with Fiber Optic connectivity offered in every county.
A Public-Private Partnership (P3) 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. KentuckyWired is currently the largest P3 Telecom project in the United States. Ledcor will operate and maintain the network for the next 30 years.
Name: Austin Hake Role on the Project: Subcontract Manager My Story: I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor in Comprehensive Economics. I began working with Black & Veatch in 2012 in their Construction & Procurement group and joined the KentuckyWired team in late 2015. I enjoy finding myself in new environments that push me outside …
Name: Lilly Neal Role on the Project: Document Control Coordinator Short Story: Lilly is originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio (Parma Heights), but moved to Kentucky in 2007 after graduating from Huntington University with a bachelor’s degree in English. During her first job out of college, she read over 40,000 engineering reports, and her …
Name: Duane Anthony Role on the Project: Lead Construction Manager My Short Story: I currently reside in Acworth Georgia, only a few miles from my hometown of Marietta, born and raised some 50 plus years ago. I am an IBEW trained class A journeyman, specializing in commercial and industrial wiring. I went on to achieve my …
Role on the Project: Subcontract Manager
My Story: I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor in Comprehensive Economics. I began working with Black & Veatch in 2012 in their Construction & Procurement group and joined the KentuckyWired team in late 2015. I enjoy finding myself in new environments that push me outside my comfort zone and moving to Lexington was exactly that. The availability of bourbon is pretty nice too. Outside of the office I enjoy camping, backpacking, soccer, or anything else that gets me outdoors.
I moved to Lexington in November of 2015 to take on the role of Subcontract Manager for the KentuckyWired project. The people I’ve met have shown me Bluegrass hospitality and provided me a variety of new experiences that wouldn’t have otherwise been available to me.
Why I chose the DBLLC: I joined the DBLLC to build upon my career and continue developing in the field of Telecom. I hope the KentuckyWired project will have an immediate impact on the educational opportunities available for students, both inside and outside the classroom. The availability of information online is an incredible resource for anyone, but to have access at a young age can create possibilities that might otherwise go unrealized.
5 Star Electric LLC recently became a business partner by joining the KentuckyWired project and demonstrating a commitment to the Employee Involvement Program (EIP). The EIP is designed to give employees an anonymous voice by observing construction activities, while looking for opportunities. A big thanks to 5 Star Electric LLC for their efforts!