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.
My Story: My role as a Utility Coordination Manager involves the Aerial Make Ready process and puts me in a key position that is most critical for the success of the aerial construction of the fiber network. It is one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced in my career.
I served in the US Navy before returning to Lexington, KY and beginning my career in Telecom. I have over 25 years of Telecom OSP Engineering and Construction experience, starting in 1982 with TeleCable of Lexington. It was there I developed a passion for OSP Engineering and Construction services. I was an integral part of a team which oversaw the engineering and construction of hundreds of miles of coaxial and fiber optic cable to serve the residents of Fayette County. I eventually moved on to Hyperion Communications and continued to grow their fiber optic network footprint in Lexington and Louisville.
Where I live: I was born in Marion County, KY and raised in Loretto. Following my service in the US Navy, my wife, Penny and I moved to Lexington where we have lived for 36 years. Penny and I have been married for 39 years and have two children, Christy and Kyle. I have a strong dedication to my family and have become a firmly planted resident of the Commonwealth. We attend Pax Christ Catholic Church.
I am an avid fan of the University of Kentucky’s athletic programs and am a season ticket holder in football and manage to find tickets to a few Men’s Basketball games, as well. I enjoy working with wood, gardening and photography as well as sharing our families past and present memories in genealogy, pictures and videos.
Why I joined the DBLLC: The KentuckyWired Project allowed me to rejoin an industry I had been separated from due to reductions in workforce by Level (3) Communications. I feel the KentuckyWired Project could be an endless potential of benefits to all sectors of the Commonwealth, both public and private. The opportunity to work in an area I am passionate about and benefit the residents of the Commonwealth is a win-win.
Appalachian News-Express 9-9-17
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 […]
The DBLLC team volunteered at God’s Pantry Food Bank in June 2017 to assist in their mission to reduce hunger in Kentucky. The team helped label over 6,000 cans of food, which will be distributed throughout the region. The event was so well attended by the members of the DBLLC, they have decided to […]
The Lexington Kentucky NG-KIH team was proud to partner with Toys For Tots to bring cheer to many children in the Lexington, KY area this holiday season.