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BroadbandBreakfast.com; Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie
Drew Clark is Of Counsel at the law firm of Kirton McConkie, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a member of the firm's Corporate section and the Government and Utilities industry section, and his experience lies at the intersection of law, media and Internet infrastructure.
Clark founded the Broadband Breakfast Club, a monthly discussion forum on broadband from 2008 through 2013. An early advocate for better broadband data, he worked with the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce on a prototype model for the National Broadband Map. Then, under former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Clark ran the State Broadband Initiative for the nation's fifth largest state. As Executive Director of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, Mr. Clark led a combined federal and state effort of more than $350 million in fiber-optic and wireless infrastructure investments. The partnership bridged regional divisions within Illinois, enhanced the economic development efforts of the Broadband Deployment Council and connected communications providers and users of Internet services. Under his direction, the state launched the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund and the FCC awarded one of its first broadband lifeline grants to rural Western and Southern Illinois.
His practice specializes in information technology, telecommunications, intellectual property, public utilities and contract drafting and negotiations. He also works with state, municipal and rural broadband leaders to capture broadband benefits of job creation, telemedicine, online learning, public safety, energy, transportation and eGovernment.
Clark earned his Bachelors of Arts (with Honors) in Philosophy and Economics from Swarthmore College, his Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. He has written widely on the politics of technology, entertainment and telecommunications for ArsTechnica, Deseret News, GigaOm, National Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, and the Washington Post. He serves on the board of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. You can find him on Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIN.