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.
Role on the Project: Site Quality Manager
My Story: I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, and joined the Canadian Army as a Radio Operator when I was 17. Twenty-one years later, I took off my uniform and settled back in my home town to raise our two boys. While working at a computer company in Halifax, I became interested in the quality field and studied Total Quality Management at Dalhousie University. My new knowledge and an insatiable desire for travel took me to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and northern Canada to work in the quality field for various projects. My patient and long-suffering wife Brigitte has followed me from her birthplace in Germany to my home town in Nova Scotia, and on to various project offices in Ottawa and Calgary. I was thrilled at the opportunity to join the KentuckyWired project, as it gave us the chance to not only visit this wonderful part of the world, but also to contribute to a very worthwhile project goal. We love to travel and experience different languages and cultures, and I try to stay busy with amateur motorsports and with tinkering with bicycles and sports cars. We will retire this year and head back to Nova Scotia where we’ll start spending some quality time with our grandchildren and other family members and old friends.
After several trial visits, we moved to Lexington in April 2016. We love our neighborhood and Lexington and it will a sad day when we leave later this year.
Why I chose the DBLLC: It’s hard to shake the military practice of moving every few years, and so I find project work very attractive. When Ledcor gave me the opportunity to move to Lexington and work on the KentuckyWired project, I jumped at the chance although we knew it would be a major move and a huge adjustment. I realized the value of this project very early in our stay here in Kentucky. The people here are honest, friendly to a fault, helpful, industrious, intelligent and skilled, and they deserve the best communications infrastructure available to build on those personal and professional qualities and to entice additional modern business investment. I’m looking forward to seeing the positive effects this project will have on the Commonwealth and the people who call it home.
Name: Gary Spicer Role on the Project: Site Quality Manager My Story: I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada, and joined the Canadian Army as a Radio Operator when I was 17. Twenty-one years later, I took off my uniform and settled back in my home town to raise our two …
Name: Shawn E. Kay Role on the Project: Lead Construction Manager Outside Plant (LCM OSP) My Story: Shawn is motivated by the desire for constant improvement; even though he has done a good job today, he always wants to do a better job tomorrow. He has been married to Tammy for six years, has two daughters attending college, …
The NG-KIH DBLLC opened their hearts and their wallets to help kids across Kentucky during this holiday season by participating in the Marine Toys for Tots Campaign. This is the second year the DBLLC has participated in this worthy cause.
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