Governor Rick Snyder has appointed two men in the region to a consortium for strengthening broadband access statewide.
Snyder appointed last week Seth Earl, of Ludington, and Daniel Williams, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Consortium of Advanced Networks board, which Snyder created by executive order in January.
The consortium will serve in an advisory capacity to Snyder. The group will submit a report by Aug. 1 that establishes a roadmap to help strengthen statewide broadband access and connectivity.
“Ensuring all Michiganders have access to secure, reliable and affordable broadband services is an important step in our work to maximize Michigan’s momentum long into the future,” Snyder said.
“Each person appointed to this consortium brings a variety of experience that will be instrumental in establishing recommendations to develop statewide broadband access and connectivity, and I thank them for their commitment to this topic.”
The 13-member board consists of seven gubernatorial appointees, with two being recommended by the Senate majority leader and the speaker of the House, as well as several department heads within state government.
The length of the members’ terms has not yet been determined.
Earl is a district conservationist for the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in soil and crop science from Colorado State University and a certificate in agricultural industries from Michigan State University.
Williams is president and CEO of the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate in education from Creighton University.