Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

EXTEND YOUR NETWORK CAPACTITY

Tilson Infrastructure has partnered with Plenary Broadband Infrastructure (PBI) to maintain, operate, and develop network infrastructure and extend broadband capacity along 220 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Supported by Tilson’s real-estate entitlement, engineering, construction, and operational capabilities, Tilson Infrastructure develops, owns, and commercializes dark fiber by leasing capacity to carriers and wireless broadband/internet service providers. 

We collaborate with State DOT’s, Utility, Energy and organizations requiring design, build, operation and commercialization of dark fiber to generate new revenue for their organizations throughout the U.S. Learn more about our dark fiber solutions.

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FIBER INFRASTRUCTURE O&M AND COMMERCIALIZATION SERVICES

In April 2021, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) began construction of the 220-mile fiber optic project along the eastern part of the mainline Turnpike to enhance its communications capacity. From the Harrisburg East Interchange (I-76 and I-276) to the Delaware River Bridge (I-95), and the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476) starting from the Mid-County Interchange to the Clarks Summit Interchange is collectively known as the PTC’s Eastern Network.

Please contact Ian Horowitz, Director of Fiber Business Development, to request a map of the network.

The network will increase bandwidth and boost connectivity between the agency’s administrative buildings and support automated tolling capabilities and other advanced telecommunications applications for improved customer safety and mobility. The 220-mile fiber optic network will extend broadband to unserved and underserved areas and generate non-toll revenue through the unique public and private sector partnership.
 

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Meet the team

Alda Licis

Alda Licis

VP of Infrastructure

Alda Licis serves as Vice President of Infrastructure, leading Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate. Prior to joining Tilson, Alda was Principal/Owner of Front Range Infrastructure Consulting, LLC advising clients in the fiber and wireless industry. Previously, she worked for the Zayo Group holding several roles over her five-year tenure including managing the P&L for the data center business unit, developing Zayo’s first Small Cell Implementation team, managing large-scale fiber projects, and managing multiple Product teams responsible for strategic pricing of all dark fiber-based products (metro, long haul and FTT/Small Cell). Prior to Zayo, Alda managed the Chicago and Federal engineering offices for EYP Mission Critical Facilities, a data center design and consulting company which was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Alda began her career as a licensed Electrical Engineer designing power systems for commercial buildings.

Alda serves as the Chair of University of Colorado’s BOLD Advisory Council in the College of Engineering. She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Ian Horowitz

Ian Horowitz

Director of Fiber Business Development

Ian Horowitz serves as Director of Fiber Business Development at Tilson leading the commercialization of dark fiber assets by assisting State DOT’s, Utility, Energy, and different verticals across the country. Prior to Tilson, Ian served as PCCW Global's Ecosystem Partnerships Director and was responsible for developing strategic partnerships for channel partners, data centers, SaaS providers, and carriers in North America. Additionally, Ian's experience includes leadership positions in sales and business development for Zayo Group, Epsilon Telecom and CENX. He currently serves as a Board Member on the PA Wireless Association and Jaymie Scotto and Associates.

John Romagnoli

John Romagnoli

General Manager of Infrastructure Networks

John Romagnoli serves as General Manager for Tilson Infrastructure and is responsible for the commercialization and overall business management of fiber infrastructure projects in the eastern United States. John is a Certified SCRUM Product Owner with over 10-years managing all business aspects of enterprise fiber networks. Prior to joining Tilson, John spent eight years evolving and managing the enterprise and wholesale fiber businesses at Atlantic Broadband, and nearly four years launching and managing fiber products at Lightower Fiber.

Alda Licis serves as Vice President of Infrastructure, leading Tilson’s infrastructure affiliate. Prior to joining Tilson, Alda was Principal/Owner of Front Range Infrastructure Consulting, LLC advising clients in the fiber and wireless industry. Previously, she worked for the Zayo Group holding several roles over her five-year tenure including managing the P&L for the data center business unit, developing Zayo’s first Small Cell Implementation team, managing large-scale fiber projects, and managing multiple Product teams responsible for strategic pricing of all dark fiber-based products (metro, long haul and FTT/Small Cell). Prior to Zayo, Alda managed the Chicago and Federal engineering offices for EYP Mission Critical Facilities, a data center design and consulting company which was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Alda began her career as a licensed Electrical Engineer designing power systems for commercial buildings.

Alda serves as the Chair of University of Colorado’s BOLD Advisory Council in the College of Engineering. She holds an Engineering degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Ian Horowitz serves as Director of Fiber Business Development at Tilson leading the commercialization of dark fiber assets by assisting State DOT’s, Utility, Energy, and different verticals across the country. Prior to Tilson, Ian served as PCCW Global's Ecosystem Partnerships Director and was responsible for developing strategic partnerships for channel partners, data centers, SaaS providers, and carriers in North America. Additionally, Ian's experience includes leadership positions in sales and business development for Zayo Group, Epsilon Telecom and CENX. He currently serves as a Board Member on the PA Wireless Association and Jaymie Scotto and Associates.

John Romagnoli serves as General Manager for Tilson Infrastructure and is responsible for the commercialization and overall business management of fiber infrastructure projects in the eastern United States. John is a Certified SCRUM Product Owner with over 10-years managing all business aspects of enterprise fiber networks. Prior to joining Tilson, John spent eight years evolving and managing the enterprise and wholesale fiber businesses at Atlantic Broadband, and nearly four years launching and managing fiber products at Lightower Fiber.

OUR PARTNERS

“This unique partnership will produce a fiber-optic infrastructure that will become an essential element for roadway monitoring and surveillance, allowing us to enhance safety and improve incident response on our system and well as set a foundation for rural broadband,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “It’s an important component of the PA Turnpike’s continuing efforts to move our intelligent transportation systems forward, as well as to prepare for connected and automated vehicles to benefit not only customers and employees but also emergency responders and neighbors.”

For more information regarding the Pennsylvania Turnpike please visit their website to learn more. 

“Plenary Broadband Infrastructure is proud to be partnering with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to increase broadband capacity and accessibility through an innovative, long-term partnership,” said Ed Dice, Director of Project Delivery for Plenary Americas. “Our team is committed to providing reliable and highly responsive network services for the benefit of all Turnpike users and the broader Pennsylvania market.”

Plenary Broadband Infrastructure, LLC (PBI) earned an exclusive agreement with the PTC to assume operations and maintenance responsibility of the fiber optic network along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For more information regarding Plenary please visit their website to learn more. 

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