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Rural Broadband Expansion Council

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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Speaker Appointees

  • 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 Whiteacre
    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

  • 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
  • Secretary David Ostrowe
    Government official with knowledge and experience with technology assets and operations of ODOT, OneNet and OMES.

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