NHEC Hires Robert Cruickshank to Head Broadband Effort by NHEC | Nov 19, 2020 | Broadband, UncategorizedPLYMOUTH, NH (November 19, 2020) – New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) Board Chair Tom Mongeon is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert Cruickshank to lead NHEC’s efforts to ensure its members have access to world-class high-speed Internet service. Cruickshank brings a wide range of broadband experience to NHEC, having worked as a senior executive for several telecommunications companies, including Vice President of Broadband Internet Access at CableLabs, where he led the team that created and certified the DOCSIS® world standard cable modem. He also served as Vice President of Engineering and interim Chief Technology Officer of Road Runner High Speed Online, where he was responsible for the design of broadband networks and data centers across the United States that tripled Road Runner’s business annually. Cruickshank was also an Operations Architect and Senior Vice President of Customer Data, Information and Solutions at Cablevision Systems in Long Island, New York. In addition, Cruickshank has numerous patents in transactive energy management, telecommunications network management, and customer experience management. Most recently, he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Cruickshank received his Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado and Master and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. “We are excited to have Robert join the NHEC team to lead our broadband efforts,” said Mongeon. “His experience and knowledge will be invaluable as NHEC accelerates forward to achieve our goal of ensuring all members and communities have access to the high-speed Internet service they need.” “Just as important as food, water, and energy for many of our members, broadband is essential for communications and transforms how we live, educate, work, and play,” said Cruickshank. “I’m honored to lead the NHEC broadband team in advancing community livelihoods, resiliency, and sustainability.” NHEC is embarking on a rapid fiber optic network build-out across nearly 40,000 utility poles and is working around the clock to ensure all its members will have access to affordable, reliable high-speed Internet as soon as possible in the years ahead. The Co-op was awarded a grant from the Connecting New Hampshire Emergency Broadband Fund to construct state-of-the-art fiber networks in Lempster, Colebrook, Stewartstown, and Clarksville, to provide the best Internet access available anywhere to over 900 currently unserved members. With hundreds of miles of newly installed fiber, these initial projects will be completed during the holidays and represent NHEC’s first steps towards its broader goal of ubiquitous broadband availability. In September, NHEC members voted overwhelmingly to amend the Co-op’s bylaws to give the organization’s Board of Directors greater flexibility to pursue grant opportunities and forge strategic partnerships. For more information and all the latest on NHEC broadband, please visit www.NHEC.com/broadband. About New Hampshire Electric Cooperative NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 85,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.