Wednesday November 15th

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)

Lehigh Valley Chapter



Discussion Theme:

"PPL Telcom - a View from the Supplier's Side"


Speaker:  Mr. Edward Brignole, Director - Business Services, PPL Telcom, LLC


PPL Telcom is a "carrier's carrier" of broadband fiber-optic services for high-speed data transmission. The unique blend of experience in telecommunications and electric utility operations means they have the infrastructure, business systems and technology to offer highly reliable point-to-point data transport, high-speed connections among multiple sites, and access to national fiber-optic networks.

PPL Telcom also provides world-class broadband service in eastern and central Pennsylvania markets that other carriers do not serve, including the Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and York.  In addition to the Pennsylvania markets, PPL Telcom provides services along the Northeast Corridor, from New York City to northern Virginia, and as far west as Pittsburgh, Pa. PPL Telcom has deployed next-generation network technology such as
Ethernet scalable from 10 Mbps up to 1,000 Mbps -- Gigabit Ethernet, providing massive bandwidth capacity from a small number of fibers.

In tonight's presentation Ed will discuss the following issues:  1) PPL Telcom's network - what we thought in 1999, what we're thinking now. 2) What are the support issues, growth issues, 3) Where are the trends taking us?

Ed Brignole has been the Director of Business Services at PPL Telcom since its inception in 1999 and is primarily responsible for business systems and processes.  One recent assignment has been the deployment of an operations support system used for managing Telcom's provisioning processes and engineering records.  Ed has more than 35 years experience with PPL from construction, sales and marketing, planning and management.  Ed has a BSME from Clarkson University and an MBA from University of Phoenix and is a licensed Professional Engineer. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Meeting Location

Christopher's at the Columbian Home

1519 Greenleaf Street, Allentown, PA


Directions to the Columbian Home:

Traveling West on Rt. 22 from Bethlehem:  Exit at the 15th Street exit.  Turn left at the bottom of the ramp (15th St.) Stay on 15th Street for about 1 mile.  Turn right onto Greenleaf St.  It will be the first right after the traffic light at Roth Ave.


Traveling East on Rt. 22 from West Allentown:  Exit at the 15th Street exit.  Turn right at the bottom of the ramp (15th St.) Stay on 15th Street for about 1 mile.  Turn right onto Greenleaf St.  It will be the first right after the traffic light at Roth Ave.


From Tilghman Street:  Turn onto 15th Street towards Rt. 22 (right if traveling west, left if traveling east).  Make a left on to Greenleaf St. (~1/4 mile)


Refreshments:  Cocktail hour and a Buffet Dinner.  Cost is $16 for AITP members, $23for non-members.  It is very important for us to get an accurate count of attendance to ensure enough food.  Please respond to the reservations notice below.


5:30-6:30 -- Time to gather & network; Cash Bar

6:30-7:30 – Dinner

7:30-8:30 – Meeting and Speaker’s Presentation

8:30 -- Adjournment & home (or wherever)

Reservations:  Please email Sharon Deibert at or Tom Emmerth at We need this number so that an adequate room size and amount of food can be ordered.

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