Why We’re Experts
Medina County, OH
Members of our team have worked in partnership with Medina County Fiber Networks to build a last mile Open Applications Network to residents and business owners.
Members of our team worked with the Town of Breckenridge to build their broadband plan and building connectivity to their residents in 2019 and 2020.
Huntsville Utilities and Google Fiber
Members of our team have worked with Huntsville Utilities on the deployment of their fiber network that they lease to Google Fiber and others for last mile services to the residents of Huntsville, AL.
New Orleans, LA
Members of our team have worked with multiple departments for the City of New Orleans to create a broadband plan that will start with a city wide backbone network. The final plan should be released publicly in 2019.
Members of our team have worked with the City of Lampasas, TX to plan on better connectivity into the city limits in addition to options for last mile services.
Members of our team created the City and County of Broomfield’s Fiber Master Plan
We have experience in Verizon’s most recent fiber densification projects in Seattle, Cleveland, San Francisco, Nashville, and Knoxville
Our team has deployed networks for AT&T across the country. We created a design in Birmingham, AL where we connected over a million homes in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida to Uverse services. We have also worked on their fiber deployments for the state of Alabama, Ohio and Wisconsin that includes their Gigapower service offerings.
We worked during the early stages of planning, design, and deployment of Google’s infrastructure roll out in Austin, San Antonio and Salt Lake City. We worked with Google to develop new processes and procedures while also evaluating new methodologies for network deployment.
- Worked with major telecommunications companies
- Extensive experience with federal & state grant programs
- Scalable, robust model
Our team has worked with every major telecommunications provider in the United States on large area network deployments from AT&T U-verse across the Southeast, to Google Fiber in major Tier 1 markets and their partnership project with Huntsville Utilities, to Verizon’s 5G roll out in markets like Seattle and Cleveland.
We have taken that experience and created a municipal process that guides communities from the planning stages to operating a network that is revenue generating. These projects have a lot of moving pieces, but we bring all of that to the table with our partners and vendors to create connectivity faster than any company in the world. Our team’s experience with federal and state grant programs provides a unique aspect to our approach which directly injects subsidized funding into fiber infrastructure development. Through this additional financing mechanism, we are able to bring projects to fruition ahead of traditional approaches by utilizing federal and state broadband grant programs for all aspects of project development ranging from planning and design, to construction, to equipment and devices.
A lit, fiber optic, open application network is like the nervous system of the human body that will constantly grow and change over time based on unknowns or new technology. Our model is what allows a complex project with a lot of movement the ability to progress forward. With solid data analytics we can create a network that will thrive and boost the local economy. Our networks will always belong to the communities regardless of financial and ownership structure.
Brian Snider – CEO
Brian is the Chief Executive Officer for Lit and has previously worked as Director of Fiber Delivery at Byers Engineering in addition to creating the Network Design Practice Area at Foresite Group. Brian started out working in drafting and design at the Dothan Technology Center and interned at an architecture firm in Dothan, AL while pursuing an early golf career. Brian shifted to the telecommunications industry in 2003 working as a drafter and quickly grew to managing all aspects of the project as a contractor for AT&T in Birmingham, AL. Brian has over 15 years of experience in wide area network deployments, having led the build outs of the entire Southeast US for AT&T’s Uverse release, Google Fiber’s builds in Austin, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Huntsville, Verizon’s network densification in Seattle, San Francisco, Cleveland, Nashville, and Knoxville, in addition to numerous municipal projects throughout the country. Brian has worked with a core team to create the process that brings community broadband into the 21st century. Our team started on a mission 4 years ago to connect people; to information, to ideas, and to each other and Lit continues to carry that torch to each Community we work with.
Ben Lewis-Ramirez – CMO
Ben is passionate about bridging the digital divide through building open application networks in under-served communities, and was one of the Avata Networks co-founders. He has over 10 years of executive management experience in the outside plant engineering and construction industries, with a focus in business development and strategic planning for the past 3 years. Ben is a vocal advocate for the open application business model, and has published numerous magazine articles and blog posts on the subject, in addition to speaking about it at conferences and other events around the country. Ben brings an entrepreneurial mindset to his work, from co-founding a rainwater collection and landscaping company, to becoming an ISA Certified Arborist to create, implement, and manage tree survey programs for large scale FTTX builds in both Google Fiber and AT&T markets. Ben has worked with some of the best companies and people in the OSP industry in a variety of capacities, from field work, to design engineering, to overall project management. This experience has given him a holistic and comprehensive understanding of wide area network and FTTX deployments.
Lauren Bender – COO
Lauren has worked in the Outside Plant telecommunications industry for 6 years in a variety of different roles ranging from design engineering, to project management, and business development. Her passion for Open Application Networks led to her becoming a co-founder of Lit Communities, and she helped to develop strategic, technological processes and operating procedures to first engage municipalities on the topic of broadband, and then successfully implement plans to bring these communities into the digital era. With a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and Geographic Information Science (GIS) certification from Texas State University – Lauren has a unique approach to working with communities on their broadband efforts, one that is open and engaging to the public, yet backed by data analytics and thoughtful planning on the private side. Through Lit Communities, Lauren will be living her dream of bridging the gap in the digital divide!