Whether or not you agree with his policies, you must admit that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai gets things done.
After opening a quest for volunteers for a new committee in late January, Pai today shared the members of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, and scheduled its first meeting for April 21. Members include a cross-segment, providing representatives from service providers and cable operators to industry organizations, the LGBT and Native American communities, plus energy co-ops and educational institutions. (See The FCC Wants You.)
Elizabeth Pierce, CEO of Quintillion Subsea Operations and Quintillion Networks, was named chair of the BDAC; Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, is vice chair, the announcement said.
The committee will also include four working groups:
Model Code for Municipalities: chaired by Douglas Dimitroff of the New York State Wireless Association with Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, Calif., as vice chair
Model Code for States: Kelly McGriff of Southern Light will serve as chair, and Karen Charles Peterson, commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable will be vice chair
Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure: Chair is Ken Simon of Crown Castle and vice chair is Brent Skorup of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers: Chaired by Robert DeBroux of TDS Telecom with Kim Keenan of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council serving as vice chair
"The BDAC will help FCC address top priority: promoting broadband deployment, so that every American who wants Internet access can get it," Pai wrote in a tweet.
Other BDAC members include a roster of cable, service provider, industry organizations, government and education professionals, including Jonathan Adelstein of the Wireless Infrastructure Association; Allen Bell of Georgia Power Company, Southern Company; Chris Bondurant of AT&T Mobile; Elizabeth Bowles of Aristotle; David Don of Comcast; Valerie Fast Horse of Coeur d’Alene Tribe; Jaime Fink of Mimosa Networks; Marc Ganziof from Digital Bridge Holdings, ExteNet Systems; Carlos Gutierrez, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute; Michael Hain of Nittany Media; Betsy Huber of National Grange; Marc Hudson of Rocket Fiber; Geoffrey Manne of the International Center for Law and Economics; Jim Matheson of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Milo Medin of Google Fiber; Brian Mefford of Connected Nation Exchange; John Saw of Sprint; Larry Thompson of Vantage Point Solutions and the National Exchange Carrier Association; and Christopher Yoo from the University of Pennsylvania.
— Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020. Follow us on Twitter @UBB2020 or @alisoncdiana.