There was one more Broadband Deployment Advisory Working group to be placed per FCC Chairman Pai’s vision for a group of industry and community interest groups all pulled together to sit around a “virtual” table tasked with finding ways that essential broadband services can be brought to all Americans – regardless of where they live. I was surprised and delighted to recieve a call a little over a week ago sharing that I was selected to serve on the very last working group focused on streamlining federal siting issues – a topic that we have been compiling stories and issues raised for awhile but I certainly welcome any and all stories and examples that NTCA members might choose to share that I can bring to the working group table. The working group is lead by a long time friend and industry compatriot, Jonathan Adelstein, head of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, former RUS administrator and Senator Daschle telecom staffer. I welcome the opportunity to work with Jonathan again on ways to accelerate broadband deployment while reducing administration and federal barriers that have added burdens on top of the already onerous burdens of high cost for deployment of broadband and to rural communities.
The other really fun part of this working group is that this one, finally, has a number of RLEC interests and representatives have been named…I’ll be joined by Brian Boisvert from Wilson in Kansas, Carri Bennet of RWA, Ron McCue with Silver Star in Wyoming and Larry Thompson from Vantage Point. I think that collectively, we’ll have a ton to share with others on the task force.
More to follow, hopefully soon, but we’ve been gathering thoughts on this important topic as soon as infrastructure initiatives started with this administration and i really do think that there are numerous ways we can streamline and accelerate deployment by eliminating some archaic and outdated processes.