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: Zack May Role on the Project: Utility Coordinator My Story: I grew up in a Navy household and moved around quite a bit as a child, but Lexington, KY has been home for most of my life. After high school I spent twelve years in the restaurant industry before obtaining a B.B.A. in Computer …
Name: Cody Jackson Role on the Project: HSEQ Administrator My Story: Before my job at DBLLC, I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for almost three years. I volunteered at two Foundations and taught English, wrote for an Expat Magazine, and worked for a company developing a language application. Although, I enjoy teaching, my career has always …
Name: Melissa Raker Role on the Project: Project Facilitator My Story: I was born in Heidelberg, Germany while my father was stationed there for the Army. When I was a still a baby, my mom, dad, sister and I moved back to his hometown in Estill County, Kentucky. I attended Estill County Public Schools until …
Role on the Project: Utility Coordinator
My Story: I grew up in a Navy household and moved around quite a bit as a child, but Lexington, KY has been home for most of my life. After high school I spent twelve years in the restaurant industry before obtaining a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Eastern Kentucky University. After graduation I took a job with AT&T’s preferred EFI&T vendor for their Cisco platform fiber optic networks. I worked my way up to the position of Systems Engineer where I directed the installation, testing, and commissioning of over two hundred successful optical network augmentations and new builds over the course of almost five years. I joined the DBLLC in March of 2019 and have assisted in efforts with Comm Make Ready, Power Make Ready, Engineering, and Building Entries.
I currently reside in Lexington, KY with my wife of three years, Emily. We have a one-year old son, Harrison. We enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and canoeing and I am an avid whitewater kayaker.
Why I joined the DBLLC: I joined the DBLLC after a past colleague reached out to me about a position with the Aerial Comm Make Ready team. Being involved with the different aspects of OSP construction has proven to be the perfect complement to the ISP experience I brought from my previous job. Being part of such a large project has been both challenging and rewarding. I take great pride in my role on the project knowing what a positive impact this network will have on the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the areas of industry and technology.
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!