Former White House Official Joins WCA's Gigabit Westchester Initiative
OCTOBER 24, 2016
Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig. U, Takes Volunteer Advisory Role
Bill Mooney, President and CEO of the Westchester County Association (WCA), announced today that Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project and a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, has joined the WCA’s Blueprint for Smart Growth team as a volunteer advisor to the WCA’s Gigabit Broadband initiative, which was announced on October 6th at a press conference. Levin served in the Obama administration where, from 2009-2010, he oversaw the development of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. Levin also served in the Clinton administration as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the FCC.
“To attract someone of Blair Levin’s stature is a real coup for the Westchester County Association and its Blueprint for Smart Growth partners,” Mooney said. “As we embark on the three- to five-year process of bringing gigabit broadband to Westchester’s four largest cities, his advise and counsel will be invaluable.”
The WCA’s Smart Growth Gigabit public-private initiative was launched on October 6th at a press conference.
Blair Levin will be the featured speaker at a luncheon organized by the WCA on Thursday, November 10 at Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Call 914.948.6444 for tickets.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler once commented on Levin’s achievements: “No one’s done more to advance broadband expansion and competition through the vision of the National Broadband Plan and Gig.U.”
Gig.U, is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States, designed to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. The object is to attract
high-tech startups in fields like health care, energy and telecommunications to the areas near the universities, and create the digital ecosystem that will attract new companies, ideas, and educational models.
Tom Friedman, a columnist with The New York Times, said about Gig.U: “The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic business community and the fastest broadband connections on earth. These will be the job factories of the future.”
Levin is an attorney who graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and is a graduate of Yale Law School. He resides in Washington, D.C.