In 1994, Fletcher Kittredge founded a Maine-based Internet Service Provider, GWI. In the last 20 years, GWI was named five times to the Inc Magazine Inc 500/5000 list of the fastest growing privately held US corporations. Currently, GWI provides service in all 16 Maine counties via its fiber optic network. GWI is a telephone company as well as an ISP, has 60 employees and $16 million in annual revenue. GWI partners with a growing list of Maine municipalities to build and operate municipal fiber networks.
Prior to GWI, Fletcher had worked for Cambridge, MA research laboratory, Bolt Beranek and Newman for nine years as a network software developer.
In 2009, GWI was the recipient of the Federal “Three Ring Binder” (3RB) grant with Fletcher as the grant’s Principal Investigator. The 3RB is a 1,100 mile high fiber strand count middle mile fiber optic network which spans Maine in the form of three connected rings.
In 2004, Fletcher was named by MaineBiz Magazine to its Next List of “Maine business leaders changing the state’s economy for the better.” In 2011, MaineBiz named Fletcher “Maine Large Business Leader of the Year.”
Fletcher is a graduate of Colby College (BA with Distinction in English) and of Harvard University (MS Computer Science).
Mr. Paul Millman co-founded Chroma Technology Corporation of Bellows Falls, VT in 1991 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President.
Carole Monroe is the CEO of ValleyNet, the operations company of ECFiber. Before joining ValleyNet in June of 2015, Carole worked as a Broadband Consultant, with the City of Keene, NH on a Gigabit City vision and as the Executive Director of New Hampshire FastRoads, a regional fiber-optic network in western New Hampshire delivering gigabit broadband to community anchor institutions, businesses, and residents.
Andrew H. Montroll
Andrew H. Montroll, Board Member and Counsel to ValleyNet, is an attorney in Burlington, Vermont, with a focus in Telecommunications Law, Regulatory Law and Business Law. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Montroll was counsel to Riser Management Systems, LP, a telecommunications consulting firm where he negotiated agreements to bring advanced telecommunications services to an 11,000 unit apartment complex in New York City, negotiated the procurement and construction contracts for a broadcast tower on a building at Times Square in New York City, regularly provided telecom advice to major owners of commercial and residential property owners throughout the United States and prepared significant regulatory filings to the FCC on behalf of these property owners. Mr. Montroll is the principal author of Critical Connections, a guidebook designed to help major property owners navigate the complexities of bringing advanced telecommunications services to their tenants and residents. Mr. Montroll also has a strong background working with municipalities, having served on the Burlington, Vermont City Council for 15 years, including 4 years as President of the Council. Mr. Montroll currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. Montroll holds a B.S. and M.S. in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and a J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School.
Dr. Timothy Nulty, Project Manager, was most recently (2001 – 2007) the Executive Director/General Manager of Burlington Telecom (BT), Burlington, Vermont. In that capacity, Dr. Nulty was responsible for creating, building and operating a fiber optic cable network similar to the EC Fiber Project. From 1994 to 1997, he founded and was chief executive officer of Central European Telecom Investments (CETI), a $50 million venture capital acquisition and operating fund. From 1985 to 1994, Dr. Nulty was Senior Telecom Project Officer for the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. Prior to this, from 1975 to 1984 he was the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate’s and then the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committees on Commerce. After leaving CETI and returning to the United States in 1998, Dr. Nulty was appointed Senior Financial Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and shortly thereafter Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer of the DOE Office of River Protection (an approximately $50 billion project to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Weapons Facility in the State of Washington). He retired from that position in February 2001. Dr. Nulty holds a Ph.D in Economics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Mr. Roy held the post of Treasurer of ECFiber from 2008-2016, and was Chief Operating Officer of ValleyNet in 2014-2015 overseeing the day to day operations of ValleyNet and participating in management team business strategy development. He also served as a town delegate to the District’s Governing Board for 8 years. He is currently a counselor and Executive Committee member for SCORE, Lebanon, New Hampshire, which provides counseling to America’s small businesses. He serves on the Advisory Board of American Trust Investment Advisors, Lebanon, New Hampshire, is former President/Treasurer of VerShare, a Director/Treasurer of Vershire Historical Society, and a former Justice of the Peace in Vershire. His previous experience includes senior financial management and technology management positions in both the nonprofit sector and in the banking and investment management industries over several decades. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Graduate Diploma in Management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Donny Smith has nearly 40 years of electronics, computer and communications experience, culminating in the founding in 2000 of Jaguar Communications, a successful rural FTTH communications company, and its recent sale. This body of work includes 5 years of work as an electronic technician and assistant design engineer, 10 years in system design and software engineering, and 10 years of engineering covering RF, IP, PON, copper, standard telecommunications, advanced theory and design, management, and administration of several startups. Donny is currently a Project Manager with Fail Engineering, a communications engineering and consulting firm.
Mr. Williams has over 20 years of international telecommunications experience, beginning with Cellular Communications, Inc. (one of the original applicants for US cellular licenses in 1983), and continuing with various spinoffs – Cellular Communications of Puerto Rico (CCPR), Cellular Communications International (CCIL), and NTL. He was Chief Financial Officer of both CCPR and CCIL when they were sold to SBC/AT&T and Mannesmann/Vodafone, respectively, in 1999. CCPR was a cellular operator in Puerto Rico, and CCIL was instrumental in helping the Omnitel consortium secure the second Italian cellular license in 1994. NTL (now Virgin Media) is the largest cable company in the United Kingdom. Stan was a co-founder of and original investor in ECFiber. He lives in Norwich, Vermont with his wife, Jenny, and is a board member of the Upper Valley Land Trust and Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, as well as a former member of the Norwich and Dresden school boards.