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Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

On January 31, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new federal advisory committee, the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC or Committee), which will provide advice and recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access. The Commission intends to establish the BDAC for a period of two (2) years, with an expected starting date during the spring of 2017.

The BDAC's mission will be to make recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or "broadband," by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. 

Elizabeth Bowles

President and Chairman of the Board, Aristotle (BDAC Chair)

Aristotle provides premium web services based out of Arkansas.

David P. Young

Fiber Infrastructure and Right-of-Way Manager, Lincoln, NE (BDAC Vice Chair)

The City of Lincoln has a population of 280,364 and is the capital of Nebraska.

Jonathan Adelstein

President and Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Infrastructure Association (Chair: Streamlining Federal Siting)

Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) is an association that represents the companies that make up the wireless infrastructure ecosystem in the United States.

Allen Bell

DOT, Joint Use and Franchise Manager, Georgia Power Company, Southern Company

Georgia Power Company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility, serving 2.3 million customers in 155 of 159 counties in Georgia.

Robert DeBroux

Director, Public Policy and Federal Regulatory Affairs, TDS Telecom (Chair: Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers)

TDS Telecom is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S and a growing force in the cable industry. 

Douglas Dimitroff

Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP, New York State Wireless Association (Chair: Model Code for Municipalities)

Mr. Dimitroff focuses on commercial real estate and telecommunications law as a partner at Philips Lytle, LLP. He serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Wireless Association (NYSWA), an association he co-founded.

David Don

Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Comcast

Comcast is ranked 31st of the Fortune's 500 List and is the largest cable company in the US.

Valerie Fast Horse

Information Technology Director, Coeur d’Alene Tribe (Vice Chair: Streamlining Federal Siting)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is one of the five federally recognized tribes in the state of Idaho. 

Jaime Fink

Chief Product Officer, Mimosa Networks

Mimosa Networks, based out of California, is a leading provider of 5G Fixed wireless solutions that enable service providers to connect dense urban and hard-to-reach rural homes.

Marc Ganzi

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Bridge Holdings LLC, ExteNet Systems

Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC is a company focused on acquisition, funding and management. Infrastracture sectors include cellular and broadcasting towers, rooftop antenna management and DAS. Mr. Ganzi is Chairman of the Board for ExteNet Systems, a firm that designs, builds, owns, manages, and operates indoor and outdoor distributed networks. He is also a member of WIA.

Carlos Gutierrez

Deputy Director, Legal and Policy Affairs, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute

LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute is a  national, nonpartisan group of LGBT organizations, academics and high technology companies whose mission is to engage with critical technology and public policy leaders for strategic discussions.

Michael Hain

General Manager and Chief Technology Officer, Nittany Media

Nittany Media offers fiber-optic internet services in Pennsylvania. 

Larry Hanson

Executive Director, Georgia Municipal Association

Mr. Hanson served for 22 years as City Manager of Valdosta, Georgia and retired in December 2017. He will now be with the Georgia Municipal Association, the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia.

Betsy Huber

President, National Grange

National Grange is family, community organization with its roots in agriculture and an interest in the furthering of rural broadband. 

Andy Huckaba

City Council, Lenexa, Kansas (Vice-Chair: Intergovernmental Advisory Committee)

The City of Lenexa has a population of 50,412 and is located within Johnson County. Aside from serving on the City Council, Mr. Huckaba is also the President of the management consulting firm Huckaba & Associates and works as a strategic consultant for companies and organizations in telecommunications. 

Marc Hudson

Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Fiber

Rocket Fiber is a firm that provides fiber-optic internet based out of Detroit, Michigan. 

Danna Mackenzie

Executive Director, Minnesota Office of Broadband Development (Vice Chair: Harmonization working group )

Minnesota Office of Broadband Development helps Minnesotans understand broadband options available and work together to improve availability and use of high-speed broadband services.

Geoffrey Manne

Executive Director, International Center for Law and Economics

The International Center for Law & Economics is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center. 

Jim Matheson

Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association represents more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, public power districts and public utility districts in the US.

Kelly McGriff

General Counsel, Southern Light (Chair: Model Code for States)

Southern Light was recently acquired by Uniti Group Inc. and provides data transport services including data centers and dark fiber throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Milo Medin

Vice President, Access Services, Google Fiber

Mr. Medin is currently the Vice President of Access Services at Alphabet, where he oversees the company’s Gigabit Fiber to the Home project and other efforts to improve access to the Internet.

Chris Nurse

Assistant Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T

With $163 billion in annual sales, AT&T is the world’s biggest telecommunications company.

The Honorable Karen Charles Peterson

Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (Vice Chair: Model Code for States)

The Department of Telecommunications and Cable oversees the telecommunications and cable industries in Massachusetts. National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is the national association representing the State Public Service Commissioners who regulate essential utility services.

Dr. John Saw

Chief Technology Officer, Sprint

Sprint is the 4th largest wireless provider in the nation.

Ken Simon

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Crown Castle (Chair: Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure)

Crown Castle is the nation's largest provider of wireless infrastructure.

Brent Skorup

Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University (Vice Chair: Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure)

Mr. Skorup's research with the Mercatus Center focuses on wireless policy, new media regulation, telecommunications, and driverless cars.

Angela Stacy

Vice President, Marketing and Communications, SmartWorks Partners

SmartWorks Partners makes it easy for cities to aggregate, map, and broker their available assets in support of expanding broadband and wireless services. Working on behalf of the community, SmartWorks Partners creates the plan and provides the process and staff support to aggregate and unlock these properties for the communications companies who are eager for new sites to meet the growing demand for high bandwidth capacity.

Rikin Thakker, Ph.D.

Vice President of Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (Vice Chair: Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers)

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries.

Larry Thompson

Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Point Solutions, National Exchange Carrier Association

Vantage Point Solutions is an engineering and consulting firm serving the telecommunication and financial industries.

Christopher Yoo

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Yoo is a professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as Director of Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition. 

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