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: 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 …
The staff at NG-KIH DBLLC knows how to have a little fun. Thanks to everyone who participated in the office to office challenge offered by our JV partner Black & Veatch. It was a Bootiful day!
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 been in telecommunications. I worked for a municipality for 5 years in the telecommunications department working on wireless internet and cable. I’ve done it all: customer service, sales, technical support, office management, installation, service tech, headend support, and even climbed towers.
My family is my life and happiness. I am happily married, and we have a labradoodle. When I’m not working you can find me running, hiking, or cycling.
Why I joined the DBLLC: I joined the DBLLC in March 2019 after hearing a past colleague mention the project. Being a part of a huge project like this one has been challenging but rewarding. I’m originally from Kentucky, so being able to help Kentucky move forward safely makes me Kentucky Proud!
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!