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Roger Timmerman
Board Nominee Questionnaire

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Roger Timmerman
UTOPIA Fiber
CEO
rtimmerman@utopiafiber.com 
8016133800

Please explain why you consider yourself an excellent candidate for the Board of Directors of the Fiber Broadband Association:

I am a passionate advocate for Fiber Broadband infrastructure. I have spent most of my career designing, building, and operating fiber networks. As an FBA board member, I would actively push for increased community and public sector outreach to increase opportunities for FBA members. While the Fiber Broadband Association has been an excellent resource for broadband providers and vendors, I believe that the Board of Directors needs greater representation from communities and public sector entities. By including more community and public sector outreach, I believe that far more demand for fiber solutions can be stimulated, benefiting all providers and vendors, and ultimately greater fiber adoption across the country. Additionally, I have unique experience with successful large-scale open-access fiber networks that are increasingly becoming accepted as a solution that benefits both private sector providers and public sector entities. Under my leadership, UTOPIA Fiber has become the largest and fastest growing open-access network in the United States.

How many years has your company been a Fiber Broadband Association Member?
8 years

How many years have you participated in Fiber Broadband Association activities?
8 years

Association Committees (position and years served)
Public Policy Committee, current member, served 7 months.

Association Contributions (activities supported, assets developed, documents drafted, etc…)
I have participated regularly on FBA and other similar industry panels, conference sessions, and publications.

How many years have you been in the telecommunications industry?
15 years

How many years have you been employed by an all-fiber service provider or vendor?
12 years

How many years have you been in your current position?
4 years

Describe your current job and functional responsibilities
CEO of UTOPIA Fiber overseeing all aspects of the UTOPIA and UIA fiber projects.

What was your previous position?
Vice President of Engineering for Vivint Wireless

How many years did you hold your previous position for?
3 years

Do you have experience as a member of a Board of Directors?
No

Please list the entity, the provide the number of years you served and officer position held
NA

Is there any legal impediment that would prevent you serving on the Board?
No

Is there any legal issue of which the Association should be aware?
No

Being a Fiber Broadband Association Board Member requires a considerable time commitment. Please confirm that you have the support of your company if you are elected.
I have the support of my company if I am elected

Please provide a short overview of your experience with telecommunications, fiber optics, and FTTH technologies:
Roger has been serving as UTOPIA Fiber’s Executive Director and CEO since 2016 and has been a technology management professional in telecommunications and information technology for over 15 years. Roger has been designing and building networks throughout his career in various roles including Vice President of Engineering for Vivint Wireless, CTO for UTOPIA Fiber, Network Engineer for iProvo, and Network Product Manager for Brigham Young University. Roger earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Information Technology from Brigham Young University.

Please describe the goals you would like to accomplish during your term as Fiber Broadband Association Board Member.
I will seek to establish 1 Gbps fiber as the definition for modern broadband at the federal, state, and local level for all policy making, grant programs, subsidies, or other incentives.
I will work to increase the number of open access fiber networks in the USA by 10x.
I would drive efforts with cities to understand various roles they can take to build fiber infrastructure themselves, partner with providers, partner with vendors, etc. to actively solve the broadband deficiencies in their communities.
I will drive an effort to define and drive adoption of a Fiber Director role in municipalities with the same importance as other department directors (i.e. public works, parks, IT) but with an emphasis on facilitating and incentivizing fiber infrastructure from private providers providers (franchising, permitting, attachments), or city broadband infrastructure depending on the desires of the community.

Have you reviewed the Board of Directors’ Responsibilities document, and do you understand what is required?
Yes

Please describe the level of commitment (in terms of time and effort) that you intend to make to the Association during the three-year term: 
I currently spend at least 10 hours a week doing fiber broadband promotion through social media, industry associations, news media, etc. I would continue to do this level of commitment, but more of it would be specific to the Fiber Broadband Association.

Please inform us of any other information, issue, or concern of which the Association should be aware.
NA