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    The AVX Catalina Project

    Our team of technology and connectivity experts is ready to stand up a reliable, scalable and sustainable network for Catalina.


Providing Connectivity with Over 70 Years of Telecom Experience

Secure, reliable, scalable connectivity to the unserved community of Catalina Island and beyond.

Catalina Needs Better Internet

Solution: AVX builds the subsea and terrestrial fiber architecture to deliver permanent, almost limitless, reliable Internet.

About AVX

AVX Networks is a newly formed entity focused on providing greater connectivity to unserved and underserved residents of California, and beyond. Our initial focus on providing secure, reliable, scalable connectivity to Catalina Island, in the coastal waters of California.

We have assembled an experienced team of technology, and connectivity experts to plan, engineer, architect, and stand up this network in a way that is reliable, scalable and sustainable.

The team spans financial, operational, and technology realms, with additional expertise specific to subsea optical cable design, engineering, permitting, installation and operations.
We have de-risked the project by involving only the highest level of talent from operators such as Qwest/Lumen, Dish Networks, and RTI Cables (HBMS).
Collectively our team has 70+ years in telecom installation, operations and 35+ in subsea cable construction.

Each member of our team not only draws upon their own knowledge but also from their outstanding network of connections within the telecommunications industry.

Why Choose Us?


Experience with financial modeling and overall business viability.


Wealth of knowledge with standing up networks, outside plant and overall operational excellence.


Piloted by industry leader who brings experience in design, management and installation from every subsea fiber optic cable landing in California since the landings began.


Total Years of Experience


Targeted Completion Year


Miles of Armored Subsea Fiber


Years of Reliable Internet

Meet The Team


Lance Ware


Mr. Ware is an experienced executive, senior entrepreneur, and angel investor. Ware has spent the better part of his career founding, forming, exiting companies in the technology space. Ware is also an active in the angel investment community in Southern California, and has mentored entrepreneurial students at UC Irvine and Chapman University.


Chris Brungardt

Subsea Cable

Chris serves as a long term contributor to AVX for the design, management, and installation of the subsea middle mile portion of the project. Chris has been involved in every fiber optic cable landing in California since the landings began either from a planning and permitting capacity, to his present role both as a consultant for all the major cables, as well as the operator of the RTI Cable Landing Station in Hermosa Beach, California which presently terminates 4 international cables.


Bill Wohnoutka


Bill brings enterprise level expertise and leadership to AVX through his extensive experience at both Dish Networks, Qwest/Lumen and others. In last role Bill was specifically involved in complex consumer ISP deployments involving the latest generation of technologies, at Lumen he was directly involved in consumer business models as well as wholesale offerings to providers such as Google Fiber and others.


David Stozki


David brings a wealth of knowledge to the team on standing up networks, outside plant, and overall operational excellence. David will be on contract to support the deployment of the service and available thereafter as a consultant once training is complete.


Jason Wolf


Jason is responsible for financial modeling and overall business viability. Jason’s decades of experience running similar projects will help us assure success and validate the financial feasibility of this network.


Nicholas Harney

Network Engineering

Nicholas is responsible for the software installation, configuration and maintenance of the network infrastructure and equipment. He monitors the overall network performance, implements cyber security solutions and provides support to users when issues arise.

Additional Resources

Additional resources will be brought in during the tail end of construction for technical training, outside plant maintenance, etc. We intend to hire and train as many local (island) staff as possible to avoid having the existing issue of shipping staff over for repairs.

Contract call center services will be used for after hours support.

AVX retains counsel for California regulatory issues as well as separate counsel for federal needs.

Independent auditors have been identified for annual reports.