Electric Lightwave Promotes Longtime Integra Exec to CTO

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Electric Lightwave has promoted Stephen Fisher to senior vice president and CTO, responsible for the overall network strategy that will include continued expansion of network routes in the Southwest in 2017.

Electric Lightwave's Stephen FisherFisher is a longtime Integra veteran, starting as a network-services manager in Portland in 2000. Most recently, he was vice president of network planning and security, where he also handled engineering, architecture, crisis management and cloud operations.

Overall, Fisher has more than 20 years of telecom operations and engineering experience.

“The appointment of Stephen to chief technology officer is yet another example of our company’s laser focus on investing in and expanding our network to deliver reliable, robust, fiber-based services through secure and diverse network routes,” said Marc Willency, Electric Lightwave’s CEO. “Stephen has a successful track record in network planning and design for our company and he’s proven he is the right person to help us continue to execute on our vision for a fiber network designed around our customers.”{ad}

In August, Electric Lightwave announced it is splitting from Integra, becoming a standalone, fiber-based network services company. Electric Lightwave is the largest regional fiber-based provider in the western United States, serving more than 5,400 large enterprise customers, wholesale carriers, web content providers, government organizations and educational institutions.

“This is an exciting time for Electric Lightwave and an honor for me to be able to continue to lead the design and planning of the company’s fiber network,” Fisher said. “We are already the largest regional fiber-based provider in the western U.S. and we have no signs of slowing down. We will continue to grow and innovate where our network is concerned so that our customers reap the awards for their businesses.”

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