The re-chartered Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) holds its first meeting June 13.
In its second term, the BDAC will continue its work to craft recommendations for the Commission on ways to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access, by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. Members will also offer recommendations on ways to strengthen existing broadband networks.
Specifically, the BDAC and its three working groups will address the following topics:
- Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group—Measures to improve resiliency of broadband infrastructure before a disaster occurs, and strategies that can be used during and after the response to a disaster to minimize broadband network downtime.
- Increasing Broadband Investment in Low-Income Communities Working Group—New ways to encourage the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure and services to low-income communities.
- Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Job Skills and Training Opportunities Working Group—Ways to make more widely available and improve job skills training and development opportunities for the broadband infrastructure deployment workforce.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai designated Elizabeth Bowles, President and Chair of Aristotle, Inc., to continue to serve as Chair of the BDAC, and David Young, Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager, City of Lincoln, Nebraska, to continue to serve as Vice Chair.
Other members who remain on BDAC include:
- Jonathan Adelstein, President and Chief Executive Officer Wireless Infrastructure Association
- Claude Aiken, President and Chief Executive Officer Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
- Tom Ellefson, Senior Vice President, Northeast Region Engineering T-Mobile
- Marc Ganzi, Chief Executive Officer Digital Bridge Holdings LLC
- Ken Simon, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Crown Castle
- Charles McKee, Vice President of Government Affairs, Federal and State Regulatory Sprint, and
- Chris Nurse, Assistant Vice President for State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs AT&T.
May 28, 2019