Geoffrey Blackwell To Head FCC's Native American Outreach
June 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM (PT)
CHICKASAW NATION INDUSTRIES, INC. Director of Strategic Relations and Minority Business Development GEOFFREY BLACKWELL is returning to the FCC to lead the Commission's efforts to work with Native Nations and promote the National Broadband Plan to Native communities.
BLACKWELL worked at the FCC as Senior Attorney and Liaison to Tribal Governments in 1999-2005 and more recently has served on the FCC's Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age, and was elected to be the Commissioner representing the U.S. on the Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the AMERICAS. He will be establishing a new office dedicated to addressing Native needs and overseeing a new FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force.
"It is essential that the FCC work closely with Native communities to address the unique communications challenges they face," said Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI. "No one is better positioned to lead our efforts than GEOFF. I look forward to working with him to ensure that all Americans, especially those living in Native communities, can enjoy the benefits of a modern communications infrastructure."