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: David Laigle Role on the Project: Materials Manager My Story: I grew up on a dairy farm in Connecticut and joined the Navy right after graduation to become an airplane mechanic. 20 years ago, I was offered my first position in Telecommunications, and I never looked back. I have found my niche in material …
Name: Lydia Dixon Role on the Project: Project Facilitator working with easements and MRC My Story: Before moving to Lexington, KY and working on the Kentucky wired project I lived in Cincinnati, OH for two years while going to school. I have now been in Lexington for a year. I like doing activities around Lexington …
Name: Loyal Lovelady Role on the Project: Lead Splicing and Testing Manager My Story: I’ve been working in Telecommunications for forty years; fifteen years in the Cable TV Industry from installer to Head End Technician, and twenty-five years as a Fiber Optic Splice and Test subject matter expert. I’ve been blessed to travel to diverse …
Role on the Project: Materials Manager
My Story: I grew up on a dairy farm in Connecticut and joined the Navy right after graduation to become an airplane mechanic. 20 years ago, I was offered my first position in Telecommunications, and I never looked back. I have found my niche in material management and procurement.
My wife, Sheila and I have been married for 25 years. Telecomm has offered us, and our golden retriever, Beau, a chance to live in Colorado, Florida, and now we are finally home in New Braunfels, Texas. I am loving life in the Texas Hill Country. I enjoy exploring Texas, golf, skeet shooting, fly fishing, entertaining, cooking for friends, and more recently, bee keeping.
I have been thrilled to work in the Commonwealth for the last 3 years, however whenever I have been in the state, I have been so focused on the project, I was unable to see what Kentucky is all about. For my 50th birthday this spring, I was finally able to enjoy the spoils of Kentucky. I chose a trip of a lifetime through the Bourbon Trail, the rich history of thorough breeds, and all the beauty this state has to offer. It is a memory that will last a lifetime.
My brother in law attended University of Kentucky, and had such a strong love for the state, and its people. I now understand what he was talking about. I am truly blessed to work with such an amazing team, and I am proud to bring Kentucky up to speed in telecommunications.
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!