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.


Staff Feature of the Month – April 2019

Name:  Roger Pierce

Role on the Project:  In my role as Materials Manager I plan, schedule, coordinate and manage the flow of materials and OEM equipment.   Since starting on the project less than a year ago, I have processed over 2.5 million feet of material!

Short story:  I have enjoyed a career of over 35 years in the telecommunications industry.  Of that, 20 years in supply chain management.  I am a native Kentuckian born in Pulaski County and raised in Mercer County.  I now live in Lexington, KY with my wife of over 20 years, Christina.  We share our home with our two retired Greyhounds and sometimes others as we are members of Bluegrass Greyhound Adoption and have the occasional foster.  We have a daughter, Chandler, who is pursuing her degree in electrical engineering, a son Seth and his wife Victoria and our granddaughter Presley, that we love to spoil rotten.  I enjoy anything outdoors but am most passionate about summers boating on the weekends.  I love shooting sports, fishing, working on cars, and home projects. Of course, being from Kentucky I would be remiss if I left out that I am an avid University of Kentucky sports fan.  Go Cats!

Why I joined the DBLLC:  I joined the KentuckyWired project because it seemed a natural fit for my career skill set and looked like the kind of project where I could make a difference.  I personally believe the KentuckyWired project will have an impact in the state of Kentucky for generations to come and as a life-long Kentuckian, I can always take pride in my involvement.

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!