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Giants of Broadband: A Personal Remembrance of Scott DeGarmo

Broadband's Impact August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: The broadband world has lost three visionary giants over the past several months: Scott DeGarmo, Charles Benton and Don Samuelson. Each of these men had a significant impact on the world of advancing high-speed communications. Personally, each of them also had a significant impact on my professional career in broadband. I have had countless interactions with each of them over the course of many years.

SALT LAKE CITY, August 31, 2015 – I learned of the passing of Broadband Communities CEO Scott DeGarmo from pancreatic cancer two weeks ago this morning. One of my colleagues on the board of the non-profit Rural Telecommunications Congress had shared the news. His death came just one month prior to his company’s next conference, “Fiber for the New Economy” in Lexington, Kentucky.

I immediately sent off my condolences — now joined with dozens of others on the Broadband Communities web site — to those in his company whom I have known and with whom I have interacted on my levels.


Articles from the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin

Broadband's Impact April 27th, 2015

Editor’s Note: Below are links to the articles published on about the Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas, from April 13-16, 2015: April 27, 2015 – Financing Public-Private Fiber Networks Becoming a Reality, Say Experts at Broadband Communities Summit April 16, 2015 - Rural Telecommunications Congress Elects New Slate of Officers April 14, 2015 - FCC […]

Rural Telecommunications Congress Elects New Slate of Officers: Drew Clark as Incoming President; Jane Smith Patterson as Immediate Past President

Press Releases, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service April 16th, 2015

AUSTIN, April 16, 2015 – The board of the directors of the Rural Telecommunications Congress voted here on Wednesday to elect a new slate of officers to lead the organization, building upon its work over the last several years.

At its annual meeting held jointly with the Broadband Communities Summit here, the Rural Telecommunications Congress unanimously approved as new officers:

  • Drew Clark, President
  • Jason Whittet, Vice President
  • Frank Odasz, Secretary
  • Eric Ogle, Treasurer
  • Jane Smith Patterson, Immediate Past President

“It is a humbling experience to be entrusted with the leadership of an organization with the history and institutional knowledge of the Rural Telecommunications Congress,” said Drew Clark, incoming President. [...]

Drew Clark, Incoming President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

Jane Smith Patterson, Immediate Past President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

Rural Telecommunications Congress Members Release Report on 50 State Broadband Initiative Entities

Broadband's Impact April 10th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, April 10, 2014 – Members of the Rural Telecommunications Congress on Thursday released a comprehensive report on the state of the 50 State Broadband Initiative entities. The report was compiled by Galen Updike, immediate past president of the RTC, with the assistance of state broadband leaders. It assembles data about the programs of the […]

Rural Telecommunications Congress Members and Others Take Spotlight at Broadband Communities Summit

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service April 4th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, April 4, 2014 – Next week, at the Broadband Communities Summit here in Austin, the Rural Telecommunications Congress will take center stage with a series of sessions on “The Bandwidth of the States,” “Financing Future Bandwidth,” “Digital Learning in the Classroom,” “Rural Innovation,” and — as a kicker — “Cool Things Rural Communities Are […]

U.S. Broadband Coalition Working Group Urges Federal Involvement to Stimulate Adoption

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, NTIA November 16th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2009 – A working group of the non-profit U.S. Broadband Coalition on Friday released a report in which the group called for the federal government to “play an active role in stimulating adoption and use of advanced broadband connections.”

The group, one of six committees of the U.S. Broadband Coalition – which had gathered more than 160 organizations to push for a national broadband strategy – presented its finding at the Federal Communications Commission, after introductory remarks by Blair Levin, director of the FCC’s national broadband plan.

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