Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) Fiber Infrastructure O&M and Commercialization Services

Plenary Broadband Infrastructure (PBI) has assumed operations and maintenance responsibility of a ~500-mile fiber optic network along the Pennsylvania Turnpike east of Harrisburg, including the Northeast Extension (I-476) to Scranton.

The network will provide connectivity for the Commission’s administrative buildings/offices, maintenance buildings, tolling systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and other sites and applications.

PBI will also be responsible for commercializing additional fiber capacity along the route and developing network infrastructure that will provide increased connectivity for the region and generate revenues for the project.

PBI has constructed In-Line-Amplification Huts (ILA Huts) along the PTC Right-of-Way to support colocation and power for dark fiber customers. Additionally, PBI is building towards strategic data center locations near the PTC ROW to enable the company to provide lit services (up to 400 Gbps).


Looking Forward


The PTC Fiber Infrastructure OMC project is the first P3 revenue-risk broadband project to reach close in North America. The project includes a commercial net revenue share to PTC bid by PBI as part of the RFP submission. This innovative structure aligns the interests of PTC and PBI, which will support revenue generation by the commercial network.

Looking Forward

Local economic impacts

PBI’s commercial network will provide increased connectivity across Pennsylvania, establishing a reliable open access network with significant capacity and reach. Additionally, the network will facilitate regional connectivity spanning from Ohio to New York and south to northern Virginia. PBI will also develop wireless network infrastructure that will facilitate emerging technologies and deliver economic benefits to the region. Existing and new businesses in proximity to the Turnpike will have new options for secure network capacity to serve their rapidly evolving data and telecommunication needs.

PBI will also provide opportunities for local resources to support the delivery of its O&M and commercialization services, as well as to deploy new infrastructure and continuously expand the network services.