The Kentucky Information Highway 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. The project will significantly improve connectivity, increase speeds, and offer some of the fastest broadband capacity in the United States.
The fiber optic network will be approximately 3400 miles once completed, spanning Kentucky’s 120 counties.
Fiber cable is a bundle of tiny glass strands that are a conduit for transmitting data. The ability to transmit information over the fiber optic cable depends on the hardware (or equipment) on either end of a section of cable. The hardware, like a light switch, controls the beam of light on which information travels. Actively engaged hardware means fiber is “lit.” Lit fiber is capable of sending very high volumes of data, voice, and images over the network at extremely high speeds.
Engineering and Design Construction began in late 2015. Site Construction began in 2016 across the Commonwealth. The state was sectioned into Fiber Optic Rings, 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Rings 1A and 1B are scheduled to be completed in 2019, with Ring 2 to be completed in 2020. Rings 3, 4 and 5 completion dates will be announced as they become available.
The fiber cable will be installed via aerial construction which will involve approximately 2,900 miles of aerial fiber installation and 500 miles of underground fiber installation. Both aerial and buried construction will be completed by a large number of separate crews working in various locations across the project footprint. The Aerial construction crews will typically be composed of about 4 to 6 craftspeople with one pole truck and an aerial bucket truck. The typical underground construction crew will require about 4-7 craftspeople and various underground construction equipment such as directional boring machines, cable plows, trenchers and excavators as examples.
Concerned landowners should call 1-888-511-9918 to leave a message or contact a live person.
NG-KIH DBLLC Contractors will arrive on site the day construction begins and commence with aerial or buried placement of fiber. Fiber placement should take no longer than 1 or 2 days on any one landowners or business’ property. The crew will return within a couple months to splice/test which should take no longer than 1 or 2 days. You may also have visits from our Safety & Quality teams at any time in the process.
Many Residents in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be positively impacted by the Kentucky fiber optic network as it will significantly improve connectivity and slow speeds and enhance communication throughout the counties; benefitting healthcare and education systems, industrial and government businesses, and all members of the community.