Cablevision has promoted Dave Pistacchio to president of Optimum Lightpath, the cable operator’s business telecommunications services division. Pistacchio was previously the executive vice president and general manager of Optimum Lightpath.

Pistacchio will continue to be responsible for driving Optimum Lightpath's growth as a provider of business communications – including Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions, and hosted and managed services – to businesses in the New York metropolitan area.

Pistacchio joined Optimum Lightpath in 2005 and has led the company through its evolution to Metro Ethernet to provide voice, data and video services to medium and large businesses in New York City. Today, Optimum Lightpath’s network extends more than 3,700 route miles and is connected to more than 3,300 buildings, representing an 80 percent growth in on-net buildings since 2005, according to the operator.

“This year marks strong growth, with a 48 percent increase in new Ethernet revenue over last year’s first quarter,” said Tom Rutledge, COO of Cablevision. “We are pleased to announce this well-deserved promotion in recognition of Dave’s tremendous contributions to the company.”

Under Pistacchio's leadership, Optimum Lightpath has received awards including: Frost & Sullivan's North American Ethernet Service Emerging Company of the Year (2008) and the Metro Ethernet Forum's Best North American Regional Service Provider of the Year (2007).

In 2006, Optimum Lightpath was one of the first service providers in the world to earn Carrier Ethernet certification from the MEF, the company said.

Pistacchio joined Cablevision in 1994 and has served in several senior executive positions in IT at Cablevision and Rainbow Media. He played a role in developing technologies that enabled the launch of Cablevision's advanced digital product offerings, including iO TV, Optimum Online and Optimum Voice.

Earlier this week, Cablevision’s Optimum Lightpath introduced a new service specifically for New York metropolitan area hospitals that provides hospital patients with medical information through interactive TV (story here). Also this week, Cablevision announced that it’s offering up to 24 lines of its phone service for businesses across its entire New York metropolitan area footprint (story here).

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