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What is the KentuckyWired Middle Mile Project?

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.

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Staff Feature of the Month – October 2019

Name:  Julia Thamann

Role on 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 Wired project over a year ago, and it’s one of the best jobs I’ve had.

What motivates me is the opportunity to help. I’m passionate about giving back, and love that the work I’m doing is contributing to something that’s going to help so many people. This project will really make a difference in our state! It’s going to have such an impact on education, healthcare and emergency services, as well as bring business opportunities into rural areas. It’s going to change Kentucky in a very positive way! I’m very excited to be working with companies that are so philanthropically minded as part of this project as well. Both Black & Veatch and Ledcor are very involved in giving back to their communities, which makes working with them a very positive experience.

I grew up in Northern Kentucky, though I call Lexington, KY home now. I’ve lived here for over 15 years and have seen quite a few wonderful changes to the city in that time. I’m the middle of 5 children, and most of my siblings have kids of their own. I love being an aunt! I’m a member of the Professional Women’s Forum, where I work on the philanthropy committee. I enjoy volunteering for various causes, such as the Lexington Humane Society, GleanKY, and the International Coastal Cleanup. I’m an artist at heart, and I’m also an avid belly dancer! I study American Tribal Style and tribal fusion belly dance with Mecca Live Studio and Gallery and Shisha Tribal Belly Dance, and I absolutely love it! I’ve been dancing and performing for over three years, and my fellow dancers have become my family. I enjoy camping, hiking and being in nature, and am dedicated to preserving the natural world for future generations.

Construction Feature

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!