The head of a Kansas City organization geared to building the area’s tech cachet has been named to a federal advisory board looking at speeding the deployment of broadband in the country.
Aaron Deacon, the managing director of KC Digital Drive, was named this week to a working group on the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. KC Digital Drive was formed after Google Fiber launched in the market. It tries to promote the local development of tech-based businesses and to increase residents’ access to the internet.
That FCC panel also includes Milo Medin, who led the deployment of ultra-fast broadband in Kansas City at Google Fiber, executives from AT&T, Comcast, Microsoft and the cable industry’s trade organization; and officials from various rural utility groups. Daniel Friesen, the mayor of Buhler, Kan., a small town near Hutchinson, is also on the panel.
Their committee is assigned to look at “competitive access to broadband infrastructure.” A separate working group will study “removing state and local regulatory barriers” in line with the Trump administration’s goals of looser restrictions on business.
An FCC statement said the panel members’ “mission is to provide advice and recommendations to the commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet.”