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Ex-MIT Researcher is Massachusetts' New 'Broadband Czar'

BOSTON, April 29, 2009 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Wednesday his appointment of former MIT researcher and state regulator Sharon Gillett as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The institute was chartered by Patrick in 2008 with the goal of bringing universal broadband service to state residents by 2011.

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BOSTON, April 29, 2009 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Wednesday his appointment of former MIT researcher and state regulator Sharon Gillett as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The institute was chartered by Patrick in 2008 with the goal of bringing universal broadband service to state residents by 2011.

Gillett’s appointment was unanimously approved by the institute’s nine-member governing board. She has previously served as a Director of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable and has over a decade of experience with state telecommunications regulatory issues.

Governor Patrick’s choice was met with praise from Gillett’s colleagues in the state telecommunications community. “Commissioner Gillett is the perfect choice to lead the MBI at this critical juncture,” said California Public Utility Commissioner Rachelle Chong. Chong, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, called Gillett “one of the leading telecommunications experts in the nation.”

“Commissioner Gillett has been an invaluable member of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee,” said Oregon Public Utility Commissioner Roy Baum, who chairs the telecommunications committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. “Her keen intellect and in-depth knowledge of broadband issues will be sorely missed.”

Before her previous appointment, Gillett was a Principal Research Associate at MIT’s School of Engineering, where she specialized in broadband-related public policy. She served as chair of the Broadband Working Group for the industry-sponsored Communications Futures Program at MIT and was a member of the Boston Wireless Task Force established by Mayor Thomas Menino.

Gillett begins work at the MBI this Friday, May 1.

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California Wrestles With Efforts to Use Broadband for Distance Learning, Healthcare, and Digital Divide

Jericho Casper

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Photo of legislative liaison Emilo Perez from his LinkedIn profile

BOSTON, April 29, 2009 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Wednesday his appointment of former MIT researcher and state regulator Sharon Gillett as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The institute was chartered by Patrick in 2008 with the goal of bringing universal broadband service to state residents by 2011.

Gillett’s appointment was unanimously approved by the institute’s nine-member governing board. She has previously served as a Director of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable and has over a decade of experience with state telecommunications regulatory issues.

Governor Patrick’s choice was met with praise from Gillett’s colleagues in the state telecommunications community. “Commissioner Gillett is the perfect choice to lead the MBI at this critical juncture,” said California Public Utility Commissioner Rachelle Chong. Chong, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, called Gillett “one of the leading telecommunications experts in the nation.”

“Commissioner Gillett has been an invaluable member of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee,” said Oregon Public Utility Commissioner Roy Baum, who chairs the telecommunications committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. “Her keen intellect and in-depth knowledge of broadband issues will be sorely missed.”

Before her previous appointment, Gillett was a Principal Research Associate at MIT’s School of Engineering, where she specialized in broadband-related public policy. She served as chair of the Broadband Working Group for the industry-sponsored Communications Futures Program at MIT and was a member of the Boston Wireless Task Force established by Mayor Thomas Menino.

Gillett begins work at the MBI this Friday, May 1.

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NTIA Broadband Webinar With Pew, Georgia and Tennessee Officials Discuss Solutions to Digital Divides

David Jelke

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Photo of Kathryn de Wit, manager of the Broadband Research Initiative at Pew Charitable Trusts, by Drew Clark

BOSTON, April 29, 2009 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Wednesday his appointment of former MIT researcher and state regulator Sharon Gillett as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The institute was chartered by Patrick in 2008 with the goal of bringing universal broadband service to state residents by 2011.

Gillett’s appointment was unanimously approved by the institute’s nine-member governing board. She has previously served as a Director of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable and has over a decade of experience with state telecommunications regulatory issues.

Governor Patrick’s choice was met with praise from Gillett’s colleagues in the state telecommunications community. “Commissioner Gillett is the perfect choice to lead the MBI at this critical juncture,” said California Public Utility Commissioner Rachelle Chong. Chong, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, called Gillett “one of the leading telecommunications experts in the nation.”

“Commissioner Gillett has been an invaluable member of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee,” said Oregon Public Utility Commissioner Roy Baum, who chairs the telecommunications committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. “Her keen intellect and in-depth knowledge of broadband issues will be sorely missed.”

Before her previous appointment, Gillett was a Principal Research Associate at MIT’s School of Engineering, where she specialized in broadband-related public policy. She served as chair of the Broadband Working Group for the industry-sponsored Communications Futures Program at MIT and was a member of the Boston Wireless Task Force established by Mayor Thomas Menino.

Gillett begins work at the MBI this Friday, May 1.

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Broadband Roundup: Two Separate State Antitrust investigations of Google and Facebook, and Broadband Mapping

Broadband Breakfast Staff

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Photo of Letitia James in September 2013 by Matt Cohen used with permission

BOSTON, April 29, 2009 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Wednesday his appointment of former MIT researcher and state regulator Sharon Gillett as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The institute was chartered by Patrick in 2008 with the goal of bringing universal broadband service to state residents by 2011.

Gillett’s appointment was unanimously approved by the institute’s nine-member governing board. She has previously served as a Director of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable and has over a decade of experience with state telecommunications regulatory issues.

Governor Patrick’s choice was met with praise from Gillett’s colleagues in the state telecommunications community. “Commissioner Gillett is the perfect choice to lead the MBI at this critical juncture,” said California Public Utility Commissioner Rachelle Chong. Chong, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission, called Gillett “one of the leading telecommunications experts in the nation.”

“Commissioner Gillett has been an invaluable member of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee,” said Oregon Public Utility Commissioner Roy Baum, who chairs the telecommunications committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. “Her keen intellect and in-depth knowledge of broadband issues will be sorely missed.”

Before her previous appointment, Gillett was a Principal Research Associate at MIT’s School of Engineering, where she specialized in broadband-related public policy. She served as chair of the Broadband Working Group for the industry-sponsored Communications Futures Program at MIT and was a member of the Boston Wireless Task Force established by Mayor Thomas Menino.

Gillett begins work at the MBI this Friday, May 1.

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