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Aristotle Exec Elizabeth Bowles Chosen for FCC Committee
Apr. 07, 2017
Elizabeth Bowles, President and Chair of the Board of Aristotle, has been named to the newly- created FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) by FCC Chair Ajit Pai. Elizabeth joins 29 newly appointed members of the BDAC who will meet for the first time on April 21, 2017, in Washington, DC.
The mission of the new committee is to provide advice and make recommendations to the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access by reducing and removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment.
“I am honored to be selected to serve on BDAC and to be able to contribute to creating solutions aimed at closing the digital divide between rural and urban areas in America,” Bowles said. “Broadband access is critical for rural communities to thrive and compete economically. Communities that have traditionally been passed over by larger broadband providers due to rurality, lack of large population centers, and low per-capita income deserve the same access to broadband currently enjoyed in larger, metropolitan areas. It is imperative that any regulations and/or funding streams take into account the unique needs of rural Americans.”
“As an owner of a Wireless Internet Service Provider serving both urban and rural areas in Central Arkansas, I am pleased to be able to bring to the conversation my first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing rural America and the burden small broadband businesses face in meeting those challenges,” Bowles continued.
According to Chairman Pai the Commission was fortunate to have an excellent pool of applicants to serve on BDAC. The Commission received over 380 applications, resulting in the selection of the 29 members.
Former president of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, Bowles was nominated for the committee by three Arkansans - U.S. Representative French Hill, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton and U.S. Representative Rick Crawford.
The first committee meeting on April 21, 2017, will be held in the Commission meeting room at FCC Headquarters, 44512th St. SW, Washington, DC at 10:00 am. The meeting is open to the public but admittance will be limited to seating availability. The Commission will livestream the meeting, with open captioning, through the FCC web site at www.fcc.gov/live