Don M. Patten

General Manager


With more than 25 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industry, Don Patten joined Monmouth – Independence Networks, MINET, as General Manger in late 2013.

Don brought to MINET a history of overseeing the implementation of a wide range of video, broadband data and telephone services. His focus on building Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) networks and expanding the available applications that run on them continues quite successfully at MINET. Don is adept at exploring and securing new collaborative alliances that benefit from the deftness of MINET’s high speed fiber network.

He has functioned at many levels in the fiber environment, including executive and market director positions, consulting roles, and oversight of the spectrum of business levels from regulatory approval, design, build, and implementation to sales, marketing, customer service, financial and daily operation. Don’s experience developing a private exchange/data network for a five-state healthcare system facilitated the establishment of Oregon’s first teledentistry site at the joint Monmouth and Independence school district’s new student health center.

Currently Don and MINET are engaged in expanding the original footprint of MINET, reaching out to unserved, underserved, or overlooked rural areas of Oregon.

Don was born, raised, educated and developed much of his business acumen in South Dakota. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and has done graduate studies in marketing.

Married, Don and his wife Nancy are the parents of two sons located in South Dakota and Texas and a daughter living in Oregon.


April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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  Unique Opportunity to Network with Broadband Systems Operators*
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  Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers, Distributors 17%
  Government/Legal 12%
  Consultants, Contractors 10%
  System Installers, Service Providers 8%
  Financial Advisers, Institutions, Investors 3%

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