ECFiber names Rottmayer to lead Internet firm

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ECFiber names Rottmayer to lead Internet firm

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 9:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ValleyNet announced Monday that it has chosen David Rottmayer to succeed Carole Monroe, who announced her intention to retire in late 2018. “It has been my pleasure to bring ECFiber from the startup stage with several hundred customers to where we are today with over 3,000.” Monroe will continue to assist ValleyNet in a consulting role. Rottmayer has over 30 years of telecom experience (including fiber-to-the-home startups) and will start work in February.

“I’m very excited to help ValleyNet and ECFiber expand the availability of fiber-to-the-home service in the region,” Rottmayer said in a pressrelase announcing the hire.

Since 2008, ValleyNet, a Vermont non-profit organization based in Royalton, has been assisting the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (“ECFiber”, in financing, building and operating its fiber-to-the-home network in 24 Vermont municipalities, focused on Orange County and northern Windsor County.

ECFiber now has nearly 700 miles of optical fiber network and over 3,200 customers.  By 2020 ECFiber expects to have invested approximately $48M to cover all unserved neighborhoods in its member towns, maintain 1,400 miles of fiber-to-the-home network, and serve nearly 7,000 customers. 

ValleyNet and its 20 employees in Royalton operate the system under contract to ECFiber.  ValleyNet has begun to assist other groups in the Upper Valley to achieve universal broadband coverage in their towns, starting with Lyme, NH.

Source: Royalton ValleyNet 2.4.2019