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.
Name: Jeffrey Ellis Role on the Project: Inside Plant Construction Operations Manager My Short: I was born into a military family and moved a lot when I was young. I started working in a service station when I was 12, this was back in the days where we did all kinds of vehicle maintenance, not …
The DBLLC has opened their hearts once again to participate in the annual Toys for Tots program. This is the third year the employees have volunteered to donate toys to make the Christmas holiday better for children throughout the Commonwealth.
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 …
Role on the Project: Inside Plant Construction Operations Manager
My Short: I was born into a military family and moved a lot when I was young. I started working in a service station when I was 12, this was back in the days where we did all kinds of vehicle maintenance, not just sell gas. I learned a lot about mechanics and it fueled my desire to learn how things work. I joined the U.S. Air Force when I was 19 and served for 20 years. During this time, I took every opportunity to learn all I could. I was a component level electronic maintenance technician working on radar, microwave, radio, and satellite systems. I loved every minute of my military career. After I retired from the military, I started my second career in the Telecommunications field working cellular, microwave, and fiber projects. Again, I used this opportunity to expand my knowledge of how and why things work.
What motivates me the most is learning, sharing my knowledge, and wanting to do the best job possible, I strive for self-satisfaction. There is nothing better for me to know when I go home at night, I have done everything I could that day.
I have a wife, 9 children, and 5 grandchildren. I love them all and would do anything for them. We love fishing, camping, and family time together playing games or just talking. I have been in 47 of the 50 states and my goal is to hit all 50, then start with European countries. I moved to the Commonwealth in 2015 from Knoxville, TN. I started my life here in a campground, then finally moved into Lexington. I live here with my wife and our 4 fur babies. We love the Commonwealth and have been looking for land to retire on. There is so much to do, and the outdoors is beautiful.
Why I Joined the DBLLC: I heard about this project in 2014 and thought how great it would be for the Commonwealth. I joined the DBLLC in mid-2015 and love every aspect of the project. The most important thing about this project is bringing high-speed data to all counties in the Commonwealth. Since our future is tied to technology and to have technology you need a fast way of moving information and this project is just that. You can already see companies moving into the Commonwealth that are technology driven, and more will follow.
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!