On May 16, 2019, Chairman Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) announced his appointment of Skyler Ditchfield,
Co-Founder and CEO of GeoLinks,
to serve as an official member of the newly re-chartered Broadband
Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC). Of the 39 listed appointees, Skyler
Ditchfield serves as the only Southern California representative.
According to the FCC’s official release, “In its second term, the BDAC
will continue its work to craft recommendations for the Commission on
ways to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or
‘broadband,’ by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to
infrastructure investment and strengthening existing broadband networks
in communities across the country.” The release continues by outlining
the BDAC as an opportunity for interested stakeholders to exchange ideas
and develop recommendations to the Commission on broadband deployment,
to enhance the Commission’s ability to deploy broadband to all Americans.
Previously appointed to the Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group in
2017, and the Disaster
Response and Recovery Working Group in 2018 (both BDAC sub groups),
Ditchfield’s elevated appointment will enable him to provide strategic
recommendations and influence action to close the digital
divide on a national scale.
“I have been continually impressed by Chairman Pai, his administration,
and all the work that they have done thus far,” stated Ditchfield.
“They’ve truly worked hard to level the playing field for all sized
ISPs. They’ve put forward significant new dollars towards broadband
investment and are staying true to their promise of closing the digital
divide. With GeoLinks’ founding mission being to close the digital
divide, we have a multitude of case studies that have proven capable of
closing the gap in California. Being that all of these projects
demonstrate proven and transferrable methods, I am very excited to get
to work with both the BDAC and my two designated working groups to
cultivate the most realistic and feasible path forward nationally.”
The renewed BDAC will hold its first meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2019,
in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, located in
Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public. The FCC will
accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will be
limited to seating availability. The Commission will also provide audio
and/or video coverage of the meeting over the Internet from the FCC’s
web page at www.fcc.gov/live.
The FCC’s official Public Notice can be accessed online via the
following link: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-re-chartered-bdac-membership-and-first-meeting
For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Lexie Smith,
VP of Business Development, at LSmith@geolinks.com.
Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading
telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC)
public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Digital
Voice solutions. Ranked first in category on Inc. Magazine’s Inc.
5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America in both 2017 and 2018,
GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Digital Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud
On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey
Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor
GeoLinks’ accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiber™,
which offers dedicated business-class Internet with unlimited bandwidth,
true network redundancy, and guaranteed speeds reaching up to 10
Gbps. Named “Most
Disruptive Technology” in the 2018 Central Coast Innovation Awards,
GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ network is backed by a carrier-grade Service Level
Agreement boasting 99.999% uptime and 24/7 in-house customer support.
With an average installation period of 4 to 7 days, GeoLinks is proud to
offer the most resilient and scalable fixed wireless network on the