Meet the Access Fiber Internet Team

The Access - Anacortes Fiber Internet team has assembled and is focused on bringing reliable, fast, and affordable Internet service to your home or business. While we’ll be working closely with outside contractors and consultants to provide all of the perks of a large Internet Service Provider, our in-house team was put together with the unique needs of our community in mind.


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Emily Schuh, Department Director

The veteran within the City of Anacortes for the Fiber Team, Emily Schuh offers a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of municipal government and the pathways to a successful city project, as well as the character-driven leadership skills to do it the right way.


Mike Ballard

Michael Ballard, Fiber Technician

Mike spent 19 years driving a tractor trailer delivering heavy equipment before coming to Anacortes Streets Department in April 2019. He switched over to the Fiber Department in February of 2020 to join our crew as a Fiber Technician.


Joe Edwards

Joe Edwards, Outside Plant Coordinator

Joe manages our last-mile fiber infrastructure, performs pre-install walk-throughs with customers, and coordinates the installation process with our city-approved contractors. He comes to the city following his deployment to Afghanistan as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard.


Christopher Jones

CJ Jones, Business Assistant

Your first point of contact within the Access team, CJ processes customer orders, attends to customer inquiries, and executes community outreach initiatives. He comes from years of experience working in government agencies performing analysis and community engagement.


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Jim Lemberg, Fiber Manager

With decades of experience in telecommunications and fiber optic technology, Jim brings technical acumen and service provider management experience to our team, not to mention the benefit of successfully implementing a similar municipal fiber project in Leesburg, Florida.


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James Martin, Network Technician

James brings years of experience with private Internet Service Providers and the technical background necessary to run the network core. As our Network Tech, he monitors, maintains, and controls our network electronics, helping to connect your home or business to the world wide web.


Kyle Merriman

Kyle Merriman, Fiber Technician

Kyle brings years of hands-on experience in residential remodel and construction. As a Fiber Technician, he assists the team in bringing fiber into your home.


John Norris

John Norris, Fiber Technician

John is an experienced electrician with years of knowledge. Before joining the Fiber team, he worked in the Anacortes Streets Department as a maintenance technician.


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Other Acknowledgements

We’d also like to acknowledge and express our gratitude for the assistance and support we’ve received from the City Finance, Public Works, Legal, and IT departments, as well as the many other City staff and City partners that have helped make this project a reality. We couldn’t do this without you!