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Press Release -- July 9th, 2024
Source: great-plains-communications

Great Plains Communications President and COO Joe Pellegrini and Chief Information Officer Katie Curtis to Present at Fiber Connect 2024

Insights on middle mile and the customer experience ecosystems; July 29 & July 30, 2024, at the Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN

Blair, Nebraska, July 9, 2024 – Fiber is the high-speed broadband gateway to a brighter future for communities, municipalities, businesses, institutions and people everywhere. To support fiber deployments today and into the future, what are the best technologies, infrastructure and practices?

At the Fiber Broadband Association’s Fiber Connect 2024 event to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Joe Pellegrini, President and Chief Operating Officer and Katie Curtis, Chief Information Officer, will share first-hand insights from Great Plains Communications (GPC), a Midwestern digital infrastructure provider with a growing, privately-owned 18,000+ mile fiber network reaching 13 states.

Great Plains Communications Speaking at Fiber Connect 2024 Breakout Sessions

Middle Mile: Keeping It All Connected

Session: Out in the Middle: The Urban Suburban Rural Middle Mile

  • When: Monday, July 29, 2024, 1:30 – 2:20 PM, CT.
  • Location: Canal AB, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Speaker: Joe Pellegrini, President and Chief Operating Officer of Great Plains Communications.
  • Background: Joe leads the day-to-day operations of the company focusing on optimizing efficiencies, mitigating risks, enhancing the overall customer experience and the successful execution of deliverables. Pellegrini has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the Telecommunications Industry in the areas of operations, wireless deployment, construction management, GIS mapping, vendor relations, service delivery, digital transformation and customer experience.

Service Provider Ecosystem: Delivering Excellence at Every Point

Session: Build 301: Taking Care of Business, Navigating the Customer Journey

  • When: Tuesday, July 30, 2024, 2:30 – 3:20 PM, CT.
  • Location: Bayou AB, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Speaker: Katie Curtis, Chief Information Officer of Great Plains Communications.
  • Background: As GPC’s CIO, Katie is responsible for strategic planning for technology, infrastructure, information system assets, data management, digital transformation and enterprise security. She has more than a decade of experience in Information Technology leadership roles, including enterprise IT roadmaps, increasing productivity through automation and translating customer needs into new technology products and services.

About Great Plains Communications

Great Plains Communications is one of the largest privately-owned digital infrastructure providers in the Midwest and is headquartered in Blair, Nebraska. It has over a century of experience providing business and residential customers in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Southeastern Indiana communities with forward-thinking, fiber-based technology services including high-speed internet, Ethernet, GPC Cloud Connect, SD WAN, video and hosted and traditional voice solutions. The company also takes pride in its progressive approach to accommodating the unique needs of all regional and national telecommunications carriers, LECs, ISPs, wireless carriers and other service providers utilizing superior engineering and custom-build strategies. At the core of its service offering is an extensive, MEF-certified 18,000+ mile regional fiber network that reaches 13 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The network offers community access rings, last-mile and middle-mile solutions, all fully supported by the company’s 24x7x365 Network Operations Center. For more information, visit


Laura Kocher

Great Plains Communications


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