“ Presidential Executive Order on Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America"
STREAMLINING AND EXPEDITING REQUESTS TO LOCATE BROADBAND FACILITIES IN RURAL AMERICA
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote better access to broadband internet service in rural America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. Americans need access to reliable, affordable broadband internet service to succeed in today’s information-driven, global economy. Currently, too many American citizens and businesses still lack access to this basic tool of modern economic connectivity. This problem is particularly acute in rural America, and it hinders the ability of rural American communities to increase economic prosperity; attract new businesses; enhance job growth; extend the reach of affordable, high-quality healthcare; enrich student learning with digital tools; and facilitate access to the digital marketplace.
Mission Statement: In every community, in every town, at every stoplight, on every police car, in every home broadband access enables the necessities of life, just as electricity and basic telephone service did 100 years ago, and the phenomenal growth of the IoT (Internet of Things) has exacerbated the demand for access at the edge, where those “things” live. The commonality of the attributes of electricity and broadband is striking; in both cases, one cannot see either, one cannot easily describe either, other than through metrics by which each is measured, but both provide truly life enabling services. The time has come for an endless number of high-performance private networks and cost-effective IOT solutions; for the IOT universe, rural, low penetration, double digit megabit performance for rural and semi-rural locations and communities and for multi-service, high performance affinity networks, the world of public and private campuses is here.
Alfred F. Boschulte
Co-Founder and Chairman – Boschulte-Schnee consulting group: editors of MobileCloudEra.com
Internationally noted telecom and business expert, he has been a CEO six times: Chairman and CEO NYNEX Mobile (now part of Verizon Wireless); Chairman/CEO IWO (Sprint PCS Affiliate); Managing Dir./Founder Excelcomindo Pratama, (3rd largest Indonesian national wireless carrier); CEO and President SKYOPTIX, (4th generation optical network systems management company); President Detecon USA, (3rd and 4th gen wireless consulting co); Interim CEO and Vice Chairman of Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (responsible for the design and implentation of a Gigabit broadband network to serve the US Virgin Islands with 60 million USD of Federal ARRA grants) ; successfully implemented.
He has been a director of Symmetricom, (NASDAQ, timing and synchronization solutions 2006 to 10/2013); Chairman of TranSwitch Corporation, (NASDAQ fabless ASIC, SOC, chip maker 2004 to 2008); Founding member, in 1998, of the NYISO board of directors and Chairman of the Audit and Compliance Committee 2007 to April 2014. (NYISO has responsibility for reliability and wholesale market operations for the NY state electricity grid); Founding board member of Domanicom, Inc., (developers of a 5th generation home, cloud centric gateway controller, block chain based SDK for high security IOT applications ) and executive Chairman, founding board member of SITE, inc, a system integrator at the edge for 4g LTE advanced broadband wireless applications for last mile and and IOT centric private networks.
Mr. Boschulte is a retired senior officer of both AT&T and Verizon, having run major line operating organizations over a period of 30 years. He has a BME and an MSME from the City University of New York and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science.
Board of Directors
Mr. Harold W. Burlingame, also known as Hal works as an Advisor of Pendergast Partners, LLC. Mr. Burlingame served as a Senior Executive Advisor for AT&T Wireless Services from July 2001 to 2005. He has nearly 40 years of experience in telecommunications, spanning operations, public relations, corporate advertising, human resources, and labor relations and mergers and acquisitions integration. He served as an Executive Vice President of Communications and Human Resources at ATT Wireless Services, Inc. from April 2000 to June 2001, Executive Vice President of Merger and Joint Venture Integration from March 1999 to March 2000 and as an Executive Vice President of Human Resources from 1987 to March 1999. Mr. Burlingame has also worked on break-up of Bell System and numerous acquisitions and spin-offs, including Lucent and NCR. Mr. Burlingame has been a Director of Cornerstone On Demand, Inc., since March 2006. He served as a Director of Tucson Electric Power Company since 1998. Mr. Burlingame served as a Director of UNS Energy Corporation from 1998 to May 3, 2013. He served as the Chairman of ORC Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Burlingame was a Member of the AT&T Foundation from November 1986 to December 2002 and the Chairman of Executive Committee, Organization resources Counselors since June 1999.
Mr. Herbert held several top management positions with telecom operators and has formed companies providing products and services to wireline and wireless operators both in North America and Internationally. He is presently a consultant with Schurz Communications, a regional media services company with holdings in radio, written press and cable-broadband services.
He s also Vice President, Marketing with All Purpose Networks, an R&D Company with former Bell Labs executives focused on next generation secure communications networks.
Mr. Herbert was Founder and General Manager of DETECON USA; the US operations of Deutsch Telekom’s Telecommunications Consulting Company. He is a strategic advisor to domestic and multinational start-up companies and an Advisory Board Member for two telecommunications companies. Mr. Herbert was President and Executive Director of The Center for Broadband Innovation, formed following the Broadband award for the State of Maryland. Prior to retirement, Mr. Herbert was President of Advanced Technology Services, developing OSS and billing systems for Wireless operators domestically and internationally.
Mr. Herbert is a member of IEEE and volunteers his services as Chair, Infrastructure subcommittee of the Washington County Maryland, Business Development Committee.
Adviser to the Board
Robert “Scott” Jack II serves as President of Strategic Innovation at the Edge, Inc. In this capacity Mr. Jack is responsible for all operational elements of the Company; technology, network and customer premise equipment partners, Service and support activities. Additionally, Mr. Jack operates his own professional consulting practice, BeNimble Consulting, LLC, in Alexandria Virginia. He is responsible for a diverse portfolio of private sector and US Government clients in which he provides expertise in a wide variety of domains including acquisition and procurement; command and control; cyber operations and security; executive leadership and management; information technology; logistics and supply chain management; operational risk management; personnel security; and research, development, test and evaluation. Mr. Jack is a retired member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, where he served a distinguished career of 42+ years in various executive and leadership roles in the United States Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and culminated his career as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Jack retired from Federal Service on March 31, 2014. Upon retirement Mr. Jack joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as an adjunct research staff member and after a successful two year stint at IDA he returned his private consulting practice.
Mr. Jack completed six years of active duty with the Air Force on June 27, 1979 and entered federal civil service on July 3, 1979 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He entered the Air Force Reserve in July 1982 and served until retiring from the Air Force Reserve in December 2000 with more than 24 years of service in various assignments at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; Scott AFB, IL; and Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005.
Gary E. Bockrath
Chief Financial Officer
Gary Bockrath has over forty years of senior financial and operations management experience in the manufacturing, mineral processing and specialty equipment business sectors. Most recently he was the Chief Operating Officer for Acton Mobile Industries in Baltimore where he was responsible for securing additional private equity, senior and subordinated debt investments that allowed the company to achieve significant growth in a mature market segment. Prior to Acton he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Silica Company, the second largest producer of industrial silica in the United States where he led the company’s divestiture from RTZ plc to private ownership. During his tenure with U.S. Silica, Mr. Bockrath was involved with multiple acquisitions that ultimately resulted in a significant company recapitalization including new equity, senior and subordinated debt facilities including a Section 144 (a) public debt offering. Before joining USS in 1993 he held various operating and financial management positions with Libbey Owens Ford Company and Guardian Industries, both leading manufacturers and fabricators of flat glass products for the automotive and architectural industry sectors.
Mr. Bockrath is a 1974 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he was a member of their 1973 National Championship football team. He is also a non-practicing CPA, licensed in Ohio. In addition to his work with SITE, Mr. Bockrath currently consults with several businesses and remains active in state and local community affairs as a board member on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board (Chairing the Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades Task Force), the Hagerstown Regional Airport Authority (Vice Chairman) and Meritus Health Systems Finance Committee. Previously Mr. Bockrath also acted as Vice Chairman for the Washington County Economic Development Commission.
Governor’s Workforce Development Board 2015 – Present
Appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to this state-wide board which is the Governor’s chief policy-making body for workforce development and is responsible for developing policies and strategies to form a coordinated workforce system in Maryland.
Washington County Economic Development Commission 2016 – Present
Elected Vice Chairman in June, 2017
Hagerstown Airport Advisory Committee 2016 – Present
Meritus Medical Center – Finance Committee 2017 - Present
Lead Outside Director & Audit Chair 2005 – 2012
Lexington Coal Company
Director & Executive Committee Member 2007-2012
Modular Building Institute, the trade association for the commercial modular industry.
Member, Board of Directors, U.S. Silica Company
Director 1990- 1993
Board of Directors, Libbey Nippon Safety Glass, S.A. de C.V. and Libbey Nippon of America.
Clark Misul is a senior Information and Communication Technology professional with over 29 years of experience in service engineering, new technology integration, strategic marketing as well as business planning, Project/Program/Portfolio and service/product management within the US government as well as private ICT and medical industry.
He currently holds a federal position as Enterprise Case Management Technical lead, after a promotion from his previous position as FATCA Integration Section Chief in the Department of the Treasury’s IRS, where he was leading a team supporting program integration management of Requirements, Risks, Change, Operation (Readiness as well as support), Transition and Security.
He started his career managing advanced distribution network projects within the Research and Development Division of Telecom Italia, as Network Architecture Manager, dealing with SDH, ATM, WDM (precursor of DWDM), PON, WLL and MAN technologies, as well as Frame Relay (precursor of MPLS, which he supported in Detecon as part of the offer from T-System).
He then held several management and executive positions in the wireless industry, in Telecom Italia Mobile, Globalstar LP (San Jose, CA), Iridium LLC (Washington, DC).
As for his Marketing, Business Development and sales experiences, he was Director of Technology and in charge of government accounts’ business development and related projects at Deutsche Telekom Consulting Inc. (Reston, VA).
In the above-mentioned positions his approach was to include all aspects of the whole end-user service, such as marketing, billing and provisioning, extending far beyond the more traditional approach of networks’ new technologies and architectures planning and operations.
During his subsequent tenure as Director of Key Accounts at BrainMedia LLC (New York, NY, a platform for digital music delivery to cellular phones), the mandate was to develop the sales pipeline and distribution network as well as support product definition and management.
Then, as Managing Director and Senior VP North America, he spearheaded the US operations of Green Bit. The company, a fingerprint scanner manufacturer, was dedicated to Secure ID system integrated in HSPD-12 environments, Clark’s initial focus was on operations startup, regulatory product certifications and building up a commercial pipeline worth a few millions of dollars within a six month period.
More recently as a freelance consultant, he worked on a WiMax public private startup as CTO, consulted with Angelini Pharma US for several disinfectant products and then worked on the deployment of an extensive Wifi network for Time Warner Cable.
Clark’s broader professional activities brought him to analyze market trends and identify new technologies representing investment opportunities within his main areas of expertise and in adjacent market segments. To complete the package, he creates the operational and business strategy for the introduction/expansion and focused market development of these opportunities on a case-by-case basis.
His experience in large and startup companies and some entrepreneurial ventures, allowed him to fit also in highly structured and process oriented environments, like the US government.