The Rural Broadband Expansion Council was created to improve, expand and reduce the cost of high-speed internet connectivity in rural Oklahoma. The council will create recommendations for new policies and incentives to achieve this goal.
Council agendas are posted on the Meeting Notices page.
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- Representative Logan Phillips – Co-chair
House Member Appointee
- Darlene Brugnoli
Representative of a wireless telecommunications provider not affiliated with an incumbent local exchange carrier in Oklahoma
- Michael Berube
Private-sector technology professional
- 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
- Senator James Leewright – Co-chair
Senate Member Appointee
- 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
- Jack Smiley
Mayor of municipality of population of less than 25,000 and not a part of the OKC or Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area
- Samantha Valentino
Representative of a wireless telecommunications provider with operations in Oklahoma and 24 other states
- Deputy Secretary Steven Harpe
Government official with knowledge and experience with technology assets and operations of ODOT, OneNet and OMES.
Corporation Commission Appointee
- Brandy Wreath
Government official with expertise in administration of the Universal Service Fund, but who is not an elected member of the Commission