Bend, Oregon – January 23, 2012 – BendBroadband, a regional broadband and communications company has appointed Wade Holmes as Vice President of Technology.
In his new position, Holmes’ focus will be accelerating growth from BendBroadband’s technology portfolio, and expanding business for the company’s recently opened data center, the Vault, the only Uptime Institute Tier III-rated colocation data center in the Western United States.
"BendBroadband is known as a technology leader, often advancing in new directions ahead of the industry. Wade’s capabilities as a technologist, strategic thinker and leader will help us continue on that trajectory to deliver innovative, reliable products to our customers. We are excited to have Wade in this key role,” said Amy Tykeson, BendBroadband President and CEO. “This position demands vision and collaboration throughout the company and participation at the highest levels in the industry.”
Wade Holmes has served as BendBroadband’s Acting Vice President of Technology since September. He joined the company six years ago and has played a leadership role in numerous technical initiatives during his tenure. Holmes was recognized as a BendBroadband Key Contributor in 2007 and Leader of the Year for the company in 2008. Prior to joining BendBroadband, Holmes was on the professional faculty at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, where he also earned a BS in Computer Science.
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. In 2011, the company opened the BendBroadband Vault, a Tier III, SSAE 16, LEED Gold-certified data center with hosted storage for primary site and disaster recovery needs, equipment colocation and managed services.
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.