Industry News – 6-1-18

One new(ish) broadband office and one proposed in the news this week. In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan appointed Kenrick Gordon (formerly of the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and frequent attendee and occasional speaker at numerous PTA events), to head up the state’s Office of Rural Broadband, which was created last year. One of the office’s first programs is a pilot in Garrett County, partnering with Maryland Public Television to access state-owned fiber assets. Regarding the proposed BB office, two U.S. Senators have introduced the Office of Rural Broadband Act, which would house the entity in the FCC. The vision of Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is to have an office which would coordinate with the RUS and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to address rural BB deployment challenges.