Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Extend Your Network Capacity

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.

High fiber counts are being installed along protected Rights of Way (ROW) on the most direct paths available, including:

  • I-76 and I-276 (from the Harrisburg East Interchange) to I-95 (Delaware River Bridge)
  • 1-476 (the entire Northeastern Extension starting from the Mid-County Interchange to the Clarks Summit Interchange – PTC’s Eastern 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. In early 2023, the PTC will award design and construction of the Western Network placing fiber from Harrisburg toward the Ohio state line. The expected Ready For Service date is Q1 2026.

The PTC network will feature new Corning G.652 fiber that will make Lit 10G/100G and Dark Fiber services available to underserved areas of the state, and boost the bandwidth capabilities of national, regional, and local providers for all types of telecom-related services to businesses and residents.

Fiber Infrastructure O&M and Commercialization Services

The network will activate in segments as fiber construction is completed and tested, with Ready For Service (RFS) dates beginning in 2023 and carrying forward through 2025. The PTC network will be accessible from ILA huts, handholes, and junction boxes strategically placed along all routes.

Tilson Infrastructure will leverage Tilson’s internal fiber construction teams to design and build custom laterals enabling customers to reach the PTC routes. Tilson is also responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of the network providing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and NOC services.

Industry standard SLAs are integral to all customer Agreements, with the goal of providing a top-tier customer experience that combines leading carrier-grade support with the energetic feel of a startup. Tilson Infrastructure is a carrier-neutral network operator, commercializing this network as an Open Access opportunity for all entities needing more bandwidth on new and unique routes reaching across the state. 


PA Turnpike Partners with Broadband Infrastructure Experts
Tilson Partners with Plenary Americas to Enhance Communications Capacity Along the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Get Started

We collaborate with State DOTs, 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.

Please contact John Gary, Carrier Sales Director, or John Romagnoli, General Manager of Infrastructure Networks, to request a KMZ map of the network.

Tilson laying dark fiber on side of road

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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