REC Names Director of Broadband and Fiber Services
Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has promoted Mark Ponton to Director of Broadband and Fiber Services.
Ponton is responsible for directing REC’s fiber utility network project and future broadband services. Likewise, he is responsible for negotiating contracts with broadband service providers and working with counties in the Cooperative’s service territory on broadband initiatives.
“Mr. Ponton has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the constant evolution of technology in the electric industry,” said Marc Seay, REC’s manager of information technology and cybersecurity.
Ponton has worked on REC’s fiber utility network project since it launched in 2018. He has been instrumental in supporting the installation of the fiber backbone and substation fiber connections.
Starting at REC as the SCADA load management technician, Ponton was responsible for field equipment installation and repair. Before his current role, he served as the Cooperative’s supervisor of SCADA load management and telecommunications.
Ponton earned an associate’s of applied science in computer technology from ECPI and a bachelor’s in leadership and management from the University of Mary Washington. He is a member of the Round Oak Baptist Church in Corbin, Va., where he serves on the audio-visual team and as the Sunday School co-director. He resides in Caroline County with his wife, Beverly.
REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.