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.
The KentuckyWired project reached an impressive milestone in September with Zero Lost Time Incidents in over 1 million person-hours worked on the project. It is the largest P3 (Public-Private Partnership) Telecom project in the United States. Upon completion, KentuckyWired will consist of over 3,400 miles of fiber optic cable serving more than 1,000 network sites …
Name: Jerry Duncan Role on the Project: Project Facilitator My Story: Born and raised in Central Kentucky, I have watched this community grow and prosper over time. I feel very fortunate to have traveled across Kentucky and experienced the diversity of people, places, and unbridled beauty the Bluegrass state offers. I am very fond of the summers …
Name: Jay Parr Role on the Project: Safety Specialist / Quality Inspector My Story: Twenty-five years in construction have provided me with confidence in a wide array of experience. And humility to know that there is more to learn, every day. These many years have allowed me to travel to many places around North America, as a construction …
Role on the Project: Project Facilitator
My Story: Born and raised in Central Kentucky, I have watched this community grow and prosper over time. I feel very fortunate to have traveled across Kentucky and experienced the diversity of people, places, and unbridled beauty the Bluegrass state offers. I am very fond of the summers I had growing up because I got to help my grandfather survey the rolling hills around the small town of Bucksville in southwestern Kentucky or spend a couple weeks exploring the big city of Louisville and the Ohio River with my other grandparents.
I am motivated by the essential values of life experience – family, God, and work ethic – and I will always succeed in life, meet new friends, and travel to new places with these values in mind.
Why I chose the DBLLC: I am a very curious person, who is always trying to challenge myself to continue learning new technologies and new methods of communication; that is why I am very proud to be part of the DBLLC and the Kentucky Wired Project. Essentially that is the purpose of this project – to better connect the Commonwealth and provide opportunities for individuals to learn, achieve, and watch their own community prosper – however big or small it may be.
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!