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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.

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Staff Feature of the Month – September 2019

Name:  Matthew Machlied

Role on Project: Field Splicing Manager

My Story:  I grew up in Villa Hills, Kentucky.  Located in Northern Kentucky, I went to High School at Dixie Heights High School where I graduated in 1998.  I attended Northern Kentucky Technical College, and soon after joined the United States Air Force in March 1999.  I served nine years Active Duty Service in Communications Cable and Antenna Maintenance.  Within my service, I was blessed to be trained and mentored by some of the best in Telecommunications, from Fiber and Copper Splicing, Networking to Antenna Maintenance.  My service has sent me all over the globe from Texas, Portugal, Afghanistan, to California where I met my wife who I have my only son with.  After my nine years of service, I decided to Honorably Discharge out of the military as a Staff Sergeant for a more stable life.  I am the youngest of five siblings, and my family has always been of great importance to me. Which led my wife and I to move back to Northern Kentucky where I was employed at Cincinnati Bell.  I was at Cincinnati Bell for nine years and held many positions and roles there, from Fiber and Copper Repair Technician, Splicing, to Prequalification Technician.   Until I found Ledcor and The Kentucky Wired Project and made the move to where I am now.

Why I Joined the DBLLC:  After experiencing some of the worst and dated telecommunication services all over the Commonwealth, I wanted to be part of a team that was dedicated to build the First, State-wide Fiber Optic Network in the United States.  The opportunity to not only contribute to my fellow Kentuckians but to work and be a part of a company such as Ledcor to hone and mold my own career goals.  The past twenty months on this project has been trying, but the benefit to the State of Kentucky that this Fiber Optic Infrastructure will bring to the Commonwealth is immeasurable.

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!