After a third of a century at SureWest Communications, the company’s senior vice president and chief technology officer Bill DeMuth will be leaving at the end of this month.

DeMuth joined SureWest in 1976. He helped deploy SureWest’s IP-based fiber-to-the-home network, completed in 2005. Based on that network, SureWest became the first service provider in the U.S. to offer HDTV over IP, and the first to deliver symmetrical Internet speeds up to 50 Mbps in 2006.

“Bill is widely regarded as an innovator and technology leader in our industry, and SureWest has been fortunate to have his forward-thinking and pioneering guidance for over 30 years,” said Steve Oldham, SureWest’s president and CEO. “In addition to his technical expertise, Bill has spent a vast amount of his personal time supporting the SureWest Foundation and organizations in need throughout our region.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 34-year career with SureWest,” said DeMuth. “I am grateful for the support I have received from the rest of the management team and the board of directors and the countless number of friends I have been fortunate to work with at SureWest and within our industry. The employees accomplished many great things during my tenure at SureWest, and I look forward to watching the company as it continues to thrive and make advancements.”

DeMuth also serves on the United States Telecom Association's engineering committee, is a member of the board of directors for ATIS and is a member of the board of directors for Placer County’s Kids First.

Ken Johnson, SureWest’s vice president and general manager of operations in Kansas, will assume guidance of the company’s strategic technologies team, a position he held prior to SureWest’s acquisition of Everest Broadband in 2008.

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