Who We Are


Debra Freitas, CEO

Debra is a co-founder of Light Source Communications.  She has been apart of  the Telecom industry for several years and welcomes the new challenges and opportunities 5G is bringing to Telecom.   Prior to co-founding Light Source,  Debra helped managed a 2,300 mile fiber network including multiple IRU customers. She is an expert in operating and maintaining long haul fiber.  She developed the vendor management protocols as well as managed the maintenance and access of the network from contract to implementation.   She enjoys working with her customers and partners to foster successful relationships.

Debra brings 16 years of project management experience working on various projects from industrial installations in the auto industry, to Rights and Royalties for academic publications, and she also owned a Professional Services Consulting company.

If her free time, Debra loves to support her 3 daughters in their many activities and enjoys walks with her husband.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, Go Blue!

Pete Empie, President/COO

Pete Empie has 35+ years of telecom experience, and co-founded Light Source Communications to build sell and maintain dark fiber assets. In 2009, as Founder and CEO, of Fiber Network Consultants (FNC) he was awarded Project Management of the 100 million dollar, 2,300 mile fiber network. The project exceeded expectations by coming in slightly under budget, and on time in 2013. He then negotiated the network maintenance, locating, and permitting management. In 1999, he started Waypoint Telecom. As COO of Waypoint, he built a 144 count metro dark fiber ring around Lansing, Michigan. He sold out the 144 fibers in 3 1/2 years, establishing IRUs with Government, Enterprise, Telecom Carriers, ISP's, and Nonprofit Organizations.

In 2005, Pete expanded Waypoint to light a 600 mile DWDM long haul fiber route in Michigan. He established several metro rings within the State, connected the Michigan network to Chicago, and expanded to light a 1,200 mile fiber ring from Chicago to St. Louis.

Pete is also an Army veteran, where he worked and trained in the US Signal Corp.