Roanoke Electric Co-op strengthens broadband efforts; appoints Robert “Bo” Coughlin as Vice President of Broadband Operations

Posted: July 13, 2021 at 10:09 am

AULANDER – JULY 13, 2021Roanoke Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce that Robert “Bo” Coughlin has joined its team as Vice President of Broadband Operations. Coughlin will be responsible for directing the co-op’s broadband subsidiary’s activities and buildout of the broadband service.

In this role, Coughlin will lead, plan, oversee and coordinate the strategy, design and operations of Roanoke Connect Holdings, LLC.  A major focus for Coughlin will be moving the broadband initiative forward to get more subscribers connected faster.

“We want our communities to know that we heard them loud and clear concerning urgency to receive broadband service,” said Curtis Wynn, the co-op’s President and CEO.  “A lot has been taking place behind the scenes to offer added value to our community and bringing Bo onto our team brings additional resources needed to strengthen those efforts.”

Coughlin joins the Roanoke team following his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Knight Broadband LLC – a leading provider of specialty contracting services throughout the United States, providing program management, engineering, construction, maintenance, and installation services for telecommunications providers.  At Knight Broadband, he led business strategy execution and developed systems to improve operational quality and efficiency while being instrumental in the company’s expansion.  Coughlin also brings an undeniable ability as a corporate strategist, strong operations leader, and innovative pioneer with expertise in vision-planning-execution.  Additionally, he has held executive leadership roles at Time Warner Cable, Kickstand Inc. and Rekindl LLC.

“Broadband is something we realize people need and are excited to get, and we’re working as hard as we can to get it to you,” Wynn said.  “I am confident that our team is better-positioned than ever before with Bo’s addition.”

About Roanoke Electric Cooperative:

Roanoke Electric Cooperative provides service to 14,500 members in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. Chartered in 1938 to provide light and power to farms, the co-op today serves as an engine of economic development and provides educational, recreational and community assistance services to enhance the quality of life of its member-owners throughout the diverse communities it serves. Roanoke Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

About Roanoke Connect Holdings, LLC:

Roanoke Connect, an initiative spearheaded by Roanoke Connect Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Roanoke Electric Cooperative, is building their broadband network to provide high-speed internet to Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, and Northampton counties in North Carolina. Roanoke Connect offers residential and business customers broadband internet, voice services, and smart grid energy efficiency capabilities. Living a fully connected and enhanced quality of life is Roanoke Connect’s commitment to the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.RoanokeConnect.com.