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Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher
Drew Clark is the founder of the Broadband Breakfast Club. He tracks the development of Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Broadband’s Impact @BroadbandCensus. A nationally-respected telecommunications attorney, Clark brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. He works with cities, rural communities and state economic development entities to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. You can find him on LinkedIN, Google+ and Twitter. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.
Clark has advised municipal and rural clients across the country on the legal and policy options for building networks. These options include the open access model, franchise agreements and public-private partnerships, and currently serves on the Public Works Advisory Commission in the City of Orem.
An early advocate of better broadband, better lives, he founded Broadband Census as a way to crowdsource broadband data left unpublished by the FCC. The Broadband Breakfast Club helped drive debate around broadband investments under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and was appointed Executive Director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois under Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. There, he led a combined federal and state effort of more than $350 million in fiber-optic and wireless infrastructure investments, including broadband mapping, economic development and digital literacy training. Under his direction, the state launched the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund and the FCC awarded one of its first broadband lifeline grants to rural Western and Southern Illinois.
Now, as President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, he helps facilitate the development of a reliable and sustainable rural broadband ecosystem by supporting: (1) Statewide broadband planning; (2) Next-generation infrastructure investments; and (3) Educating individuals and organizations on how easy it is to effectively use broadband.
Clark earned his B.A. (with honors) in philosophy and economics from Swarthmore College, his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and his J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.