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: Duane Anthony Role on the Project: Lead Construction Manager My Short Story: I currently reside in Acworth Georgia, only a few miles from my hometown of Marietta, born and raised some 50 plus years ago. I am an IBEW trained class A journeyman, specializing in commercial and industrial wiring. I went on to achieve my …
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.
Role on the Project: Lead Construction Manager
My Short Story: I currently reside in Acworth Georgia, only a few miles from my hometown of Marietta, born and raised some 50 plus years ago. I am an IBEW trained class A journeyman, specializing in commercial and industrial wiring. I went on to achieve my Master Electrician license, which allowed me to start my own electrical contracting business. I sold the company to a cellular wireless construction company and became their in-house electrical department. Since then, I have been presented with several opportunities allowing me to grow my electrical experience, which catapulted me into the telecommunications world. Six years ago, I was given the opportunity to join B&V and have worked on several different projects, including the KentuckyWired project, where I’m currently the lead construction manager for the western part of the state.
Living in Georgia and working in this industry, these types of projects typically keep me away for a considerable amount of time. Fortunately, I have very understanding wife which allows me to continue being a part of projects that better the lives of others. Traveling from place to place gives us the opportunity to see new places and meet some interesting and great people along the way.
Why I Joined the DBLLC: When I was offered the chance to come to the KentuckyWired project, I couldn’t have been happier. This project has so much promise for the state of Kentucky and its residents. These types of builds are hard, and technology is ever changing, but are worth the effort to further commerce in the state of Kentucky. I knew this was a project I wanted to be a part of and wanted to say I was a part of KentuckyWired. Once it is complete and the residents of Kentucky can enjoy the fruits of our labor, I believe they will all be proud of the end result and other states will do the same.
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!