UTOPIA Fiber Names Aaron Leach Chief Technology Officer

August 24th, 2021

As Demand Rises for Greater Broadband Access, New Role Will Advance and Streamline Buildout & Enhance Customer Experience

Murray, UTAH (August 24, 2021) – Roger Timmerman, Executive Director of UTOPIA Fiber, announced today the appointment of Aaron Leach to the new role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the company, which is rapidly expanding in a market hungering for access to dependable and faster broadband. Leach, formerly UTOPIA Fiber’s Chief Operating Officer, will now lead the company’s drive to continually enhance and upgrade its system architecture, streamline internal processes, and maximize the customer experience. He also will oversee network acquisition along with key leadership.

“We are very excited that Aaron will be taking on this essential role,” said Timmerman. “UTOPIA Fiber is always seeking innovative ways to develop crucial synergy among UTOPIA Fiber customers, as well as the company’s various partners and vendors to deliver services in the very best way possible.”

In an age where buildout and operations go hand-in-hand, Leach is looking forward to having an impact on the communities UTOPIA Fiber serves, now and in the future. “By building good designs and the important infrastructure municipalities require,” Leach shared, “they’ll be able to provide essential services on a much higher level for decades to come. The advanced fiber technology will help cities to transport massive amounts of data across networks they can rely on to ensure users are well connected.”

He said that at the same time, UTOPIA Fiber will make it possible to enrich entire communities with a better quality of life by increasing broadband equity. “This will impact education, healthcare, economic development, and entertainment,” Leach explains. “We’ll even be able to bring Wi Fi into the parks, smart water monitoring to towns, and detect forest fires long before they become major threats. It’s an amazing opportunity!”

Timmerman noted: “With Aaron’s leadership as CTO, we will continue to grow and build out new Open Access networks, open up marketplace competition, and allow customers to transition seamlessly from one provider to another.”

Leach, his wife, and four children reside in Spanish Fork, where he loves working on old Jeeps. He says he looks forward to the day when he can travel to all seven continents. (Until then, and with a superior Internet connection, he’ll be able to travel widely virtually!)

About UTOPIA Fiber

Created by a group of Utah cities, the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) is a community-owned fiber-optic network that uses the Open Access model to promote competition by giving customers the freedom to choose which telecommunication services they want. With fiber availability to over 130,000 businesses and residences in over 50 communities, UTOPIA Fiber is the largest—and widely considered the most-successful Open Access network—in the United States, and enjoys the industry’s highest customer satisfaction scores. Since 2009, the agency has successfully designed, built, and operated nearly $300 million worth of fiber projects throughout Utah, all of which have been funded completely through subscriber revenue, at no cost to taxpayers.

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