INCOMPAS, which represents competitive carriers and edge providers, has tapped former FCC commissioner and chairwoman Mignon Clyburn to head a new campaign focused on boosting "tech innovation and inclusion" in rural America.
Specifically, she will be working on boosting connectivity and opportunity. The new effort was unveiled at INCOMPAS' policy summit in Washington Wednesday (Feb. 27).
“I may have left public service but the fight for a better future will never leave me," said Clyburn, who exited the FCC last year. "I am excited about this opportunity to work with INCOMPAS, a mission-driven association that has always fought for innovation and opportunity for small businesses and young innovators with new ideas."
Closing the rural digital divide is the avowed priority for both the current FCC and the Trump Administration.
In January, Clyburn was tapped to join tech execs, academics, national security officials and others on a new National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.
In addition to her time on the FCC, Clyburn has been a state utility regulator and a journalist. Her father, James Clyburn, is a representative from South Carolina, assistant leader and the third ranking member of his party in the House of Representatives.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.