Executives from Comcast Corp., Google Inc.'s Google Fiber, AT&T Inc. and Sprint Corp. are among those included in the FCC's new Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai in January announced the creation of the committee to explore ways to accelerate deployment of high-speed internet access nationwide and to close the digital divide.
Elizabeth Pierce, CEO of Quintillion Networks LLC, will serve as the chair of the 29-member committee with Kelleigh Cole, director of Utah Broadband Outreach Center, serving as vice chair. The members of the committee include David Don, Comcast's vice president of regulatory policy; Chris Bondurant, assistant vice president of construction and engineering operations at AT&T Mobile; Milo Medin, vice president of access services for Google Fiber; and Sprint's Chief Technology Officer John Saw.
Pai also announced the creation of five working groups that will assist the committee in carrying out its work: Model Code for Municipalities, Model Code for States, Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure, Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers, and Streamlining Federal Siting.
The first meeting of the committee is scheduled for April 21.