BendBroadband Vice President of Technology Appointed to Oregon Broadband Advisory Council

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Wade Holmes appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to serve on statewide council; will speak at TechJunction event in southern Oregon next week

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The presence of such qualified people on the Broadband Advisory Council will greatly assist us in making sure that Oregon remains a leader in the deployment and use of broadband.

Wade Holmes, the vice president of technology for BendBroadband, has recently been appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to serve on the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council. The council was formed to encourage Oregon organizations and businesses to leverage broadband for economic and educational benefits. Holmes will be working with the council members to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities, while helping represent Oregon's telecommunications service providers.

In a statement released earlier this month, Joe Franell, General Manager and CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, and the Chair of the council said that the appointment of Mr. Holmes is great news for the citizens of Oregon. “The presence of such qualified people on the Broadband Advisory Council will greatly assist us in making sure that Oregon remains a leader in the deployment and use of broadband."

Holmes joined BendBroadband seven years ago and has played a leadership role in numerous technical initiatives during his tenure. In his current role, he is responsible for accelerating growth from BendBroadband’s technology portfolio, and expanding business for the company’s Bend, Oregon data center, the Vault, the only Uptime Institute Tier III-rated colocation data center in the Western United States. Holmes was recognized as a BendBroadband Key Contributor in 2007 and Leader of the Year for the company in 2008.

Holmes will be presenting at the TechJunction conference in Canyonville, Oregon on June 7 with a lecture entitled “Cold Iron to Clouds,” which will help businesses navigate the leap from dedicated physical hardware to a virtual server environment. TechJunction is a series of educational conferences focused on information security, IT infrastructure and communications.

About BendBroadband
BendBroadband is a family-owned, local company serving Central Oregon since 1955. A leader in the cable and broadband sectors, the company offers an extensive range of broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Central Oregon facilities include more than 1500 miles of fiber and coax infrastructure and wireless facilities which cover all Central Oregon communities. Services include metropolitan optical Ethernet, T-1/PRI and hosted PBX services. High-speed Internet options provide speeds up to 100 Mbps, with 1 GigE offerings available. The company serves rural customers over a 4G LTE fixed-wireless network, one of a few such broadband networks in the nation.

BendBroadband was among the first companies in the United States to convert to a 100% digital video signal and offers a spectrum of video services, including multi-room DVR and TV Everywhere service to tablets and mobile devices. BendBroadband focuses its corporate contributions and sponsorship efforts on youth, and by supporting an array of arts and entertainment in Central Oregon. In the community, BendBroadband provides extensive local sports coverage, civic programming and local features created and produced by COTV, channel 11 and 611.

About the BendBroadband Vault
The Vault was built from the ground up with a focus on reliability, security and sustainability. Situated in Central Oregon, the Vault offers scalable colocation services and powerful cloud solutions for even the most highly regulated businesses. The Vault is the only data center in the Western United States to hold Tier III Facility and Design certifications from the Uptime Institute. LEED-Gold certified, SSAE 16-audited and carbon neutral, the Vault is setting a new standard for data centers.


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