Deseret News
FILE: Network Operations Center Technicians work in the NOC, Network Operations Center at Utopia, a fiber optic company Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

WEST VALLEY CITY — The Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency board has hired Roger Timmerman as the organization’s executive director.

“As UTOPIA enters a new period of growth, it is vital to find a leader like Roger to take us to the next level,” Wayne Pyle, board chairman, said in a statement. “Roger brings a vast understanding of the Internet services and telecommunications field that will be a valuable asset to our organization.”

A graduate of BYU with a bachelor’s and a master’s in information technology, Timmerman brings more than 15 years of experience in the industry to the position. After graduating from BYU, Timmerman went to work for iProvo. Following iProvo, he joined UTOPIA and directed the design and implementation of the agency’s enhanced network. In 2014, Roger left to work as the vice president of engineering for Vivint Wireless. During his time there, the Internet service provider grew into one of the largest fixed wireless providers in the country.

UTOPIA consists of a group of Utah cities that joined together to form an ultrahigh-speed fiber-optic network and provide critical advanced communications infrastructure to their residents. The network offers fiber-to-the-premises technology, allowing for faster services that are uninterrupted by copper wiring or shared connections with neighbors.

Its open-access model fosters competition among private sector service providers that offer Internet, television, telephone and other services, giving customers the freedom to choose their own service providers, the best prices and the best service.