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Oklahoma Broadband Expansion Council

The Oklahoma Broadband Expansion Council (formerly the Oklahoma Rural Broadband Expansion Council) was created to improve, expand and reduce the cost of high-speed internet connectivity in Oklahoma. To achieve this goal, the council advises the State Broadband Office and creates recommendations for new policies and incentives.

Council agendas are posted on the Meeting Notices page.

Join the Oklahoma Broadband Expansion Council email list for program updates and meeting notices.

Appointments

Speaker Appointees

  • Darlene Brugnoli
    Representative of a wireless telecommunications provider not affiliated with an incumbent local exchange carrier in Oklahoma
  • Drew Beverage
    Representing the interests of wireless internet service providers
  • Michael Berube
    Private-sector technology professional
  • Jason Constable
    Representative of a wireless telecommunications provider with operations in Oklahoma and 24 other states

  • Roger Neal
    Representing the interests of rural health care

  • Billy Frank Staggs
    Member representing the interests of rural internet service providers

Senate Pro Tempore Appointees

  • Cliff Agee
    Tribal Leader
  • Patrick Grace
    Rural electric cooperative representative
  • Dr. Brian Whitacre
    Professional with academic expertise in large scale info technology infrastructure with emphasis on rural broadband access
  • Mr. Jerry Whisenhunt
    Citizen from community with less than 50,000 that is not part of OKC or Tulsa Metropolitan statistical areas
  • Daniel Webster
    Represents interests of rural business enterprises

Governor Appointees

  • Vacant
    Current or former mayor of municipality of population of less than 35,000 and not a part of the OKC or Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area
  • Vacant
    Executive Director of the State Broadband Office

Corporation Commission Appointee

  • Mark Argenbright
    Government official with expertise in administration of the Universal Service Fund, but who is not an elected member of the Commission

Members of the Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board

  • Katy Boren, CEO, Oklahoma City Innovation District, Inc. – Oklahoma City
  • Mike Erhart, Managing Partner, Erhart & Associates LLC – Oklahoma City
  • Mike Fina, Executive Director, Oklahoma Municipal League – Oklahoma City
  • Fob Jones, Attorney, Fob F. Jones Law – Sulphur
  • Randy McDaniel, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer – Oklahoma City
  • Jim Meek, District 9 Director, The Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Inc. – Okmulgee
  • Matt Pinnell, Lieutenant Governor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor – Oklahoma City
  • Lyle Roggow, President, Duncan Area Econ. Dev. Foundation – Duncan
  • Russ Teubner, CEO, HostBridge Technology, LLC – Stillwater

The goal of the State’s broadband expansion efforts is to serve 95% of Oklahoma with adequate broadband internet capabilities by June 28, 2028.

The State has created three entities to address improving broadband services, availability, affordability, and adoption throughout Oklahoma:

  • State Broadband Office (SBO), a new state agency charged with implementing the State Broadband Plan
  • Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board (OBGB), which oversees the actions of the SBO
  • Oklahoma Broadband Expansion Council (OBEC), formerly known as the Oklahoma Rural Broadband Expansion Council (ORBEC), which advises both the board and the office.

The SBO will provide administrative support to both the Board and Council with the assistance of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES). In the meantime, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is also assisting with webpage, mapping, and administrative support.

The Board is in the process of finding and hiring an executive director to lead the SBO.

Join OBEC Meetings Online

Members of the public can observe Oklahoma Broadband Expansion Council meetings online. Council members must attend in-person in order to count toward quorum, speak, and vote. See the meeting notices page for upcoming meetings and agendas. A link to join the meetings is in the agenda.

The meetings are generally set for the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and typically last 90 minutes. The following are the expected dates for 2022 meetings.

Aug. 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Sep. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Oklahoma Broadband Public Map

The data displayed in this Broadband map contains FCC and multiple years of CAF Deployment data. The 2020 FCC data is the most recent data available from their website. The FCC periodically releases all data collected through the program as part of unaudited data sets from various providers. Such data is provided “as is” with the FCC making no assertion as to the quality of such data. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce does not create this data nor vouch for its accuracy.

This map is not the final version. We will periodically add more information as new sources and content are acquired and made publicly available. We are diligently working with different data providers to acquire more relevant data to amplify our map. 

Meeting Documents

Date Meeting Documents
8/17/2022
7/22/2022
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7/20/2022
7/1/2022
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6/16/2022
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6/16/2022
6/16/2022
5/18/2022
5/18/2022
5/6/2022
4/20/2022
4/20/2022
3/22/2022
3/22/2022
3/21/2022
3/21/2022
3/21/2022
3/21/2022
2/16/2022
2/16/2022
2/16/2022
1/19/2022
1/19/2022
11/18/2021
11/17/2021
11/17/2021
10/20/2021
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10/20/2021
9/15/2021
9/10/2021
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6/16/2021
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5/5/2021
04/21/2021
3/17/2021
2/24/2021
1/20/2021
12/16/2020
11/10/2020
9/16/2020
8/19/2020
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