Sovernet Communications staffs up for Vermont FiberConnect project

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Sovernet Communications staffs up for Vermont FiberConnect project

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 6:56am -- intern

Sovernet Communications announced today that it has added five (5) new staff members to support construction and deployment of its new middle-mile fiber optic project known as Vermont FiberConnect. The new positions have been added across a number of functions at Sovernet including Project Management, Engineering, Accounting, Business Development and Marketing. 
Sovernet is building and will operate and market services over Vermont FiberConnect under a public-private partnership with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA).  The project has received $35.4 million in grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the VTA, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Vermont Department of Libraries.  Sovernet will also invest over $12 million of its own funds in the project. 
To bring the Vermont FiberConnect project online, Sovernet’s team is expanding by adding the following members.  Fiber Project Manager Izzy Flores brings over eight years of experience gained as a Project Leader and Network Specialist with Fairpoint and Verizon. Phil Ingersoll will handle project accounting as Staff Accountant after filling similar roles for several local and regional construction and hospitality companies. Gregg Noble first joined Sovernet in 2001 and went on to co-found one of New England’s largest wireless Internet Service Providers during his five year absence from the company; Gregg has returned to the company as Business Development Manager, serving as Sovernet’s principal contact with community institutions served by the project. 
Michael Middleton, who has held marketing roles for telecom service providers and equipment manufacturers such as Singapore Telecom and Cisco in Silicon Valley, will serve as Marketing Manager. Walter Siciliano, who recently worked with Global Network Access Points, joins Sovernet as Network Engineer and will coordinate the installation and deployment of network optics and related gear. Additional staff will also be added and announced in the near future. 
‘Sovernet is pleased to be able to create these jobs here in Windham County and we look forward to bringing the additional benefits of the Vermont FiberConnect project to the state as we move ahead with our aggressive construction schedule over the next twenty four months. ‘ said Sovernet CEO Rich Kendall. 
About Sovernet Communications  
Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunications services to residential and business customers throughout Northern New England. The Vermont company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, with facilities in Burlington, Winooski and Keene, NH. Sovernet is committed to delivering advanced communications services along with superior customer care and total customer satisfaction, while actively supporting its local communities. For more information, please visit www.sovernet.com.
About Vermont FiberConnect  
Vermont FiberConnect is a public-private partnership between the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and Sovernet Communications to construct a 773 mile fiber optic middle-mile network through seven counties of Vermont. Vermont FiberConnect, which Sovernet will build, own, operate and maintain, will provide last-mile service providers the ability to offer affordable, high-speed broadband Internet and wireless services to underserved areas of rural Vermont.  The project will also serve over 340 community anchor institutions such as K-12 schools, libraries, health care facilities, state offices and public safety locations with affordable high speed connectivity. For further information, please visit; www.vermontfiberconnect.com.
Source: Sovernet Communications