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 staff at NG-KIH DBLLC knows how to have a little fun. Thanks to everyone who participated in the office to office challenge offered by our JV partner Black & Veatch. It was a Bootiful day!
Name: Joe Sanders Role on the Project: Lead Construction Manager My Story: I started in the communications industry 20 yrs ago, prior to that I traveled all over the country working and playing in the outdoors in places like Colorado, California, Wyoming and Louisiana. I am originally from Geauga County Ohio but have been based …
Name: Julia Thamann Role on the Project: Utility Coordinator My Story: I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design and worked in that field for 8 years doing design work and project management before transitioning into the Telecom field, where I’ve been working for the past three years. I joined the KY …
Role on the Project: Lead Construction Manager
My Story: I started in the communications industry 20 yrs ago, prior to that I traveled all over the country working and playing in the outdoors in places like Colorado, California, Wyoming and Louisiana.
I am originally from Geauga County Ohio but have been based in Danville, Kentucky all my life. I have been married for almost 20 yrs and have an 18 yr old son a 15 yr old daughter and a rescue dog named Pepper.
I spend most of my free time in the outdoors mountain biking and wading creeks for small-mouth. I also enjoy going to my kid’s soccer games and working on vintage cars with my dad.
Why I joined the DBLLC: I joined the DBLLC on the KYWIRED project one year ago because I wanted a challenge and to be a part of something important. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and learn how to succeed in an industry that is evolving rapidly. To be a part of this project has been a great experience, in my short time here I have learned a lot from a great group of people.
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!