2017 Broadband Communities Summit
Gene Crick
Gene Crick
Rural Telecommunications Congress

Gene Crick, Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network executive director, is among the nation’s most experienced community telecom experts. Professional highlights and service include:

  • Founder Texas’ first free public Internet access facilities (Austin, 1994), then free public Internet access for 25 rural Texas towns and cities (1995)
  • Architect, Community Network Grants program $1.5B Texas Infrastructure Fund; designer, 61 state-funded community and regional telecom networks
  • U.S. federal work Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, FCC, USAC, BTOP and the White House Advisory Group, NSF Internet governance.
  • Designed Texas Health Information Network rural telehealth project $14M FCC pilot grant
  • Chair, FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Working Group on Rural & Underserved Populations
  • Director of Development, Software Quality Institute, UT SuperComputer Center
  • Advisory Council, Community Technology Centers Network
  • State of Texas Strategic IT Planning Group (DIR)
  • Founder, Texas Internet Service Providers Association
  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Gates Foundation Texas Summit Advisory Council,
  • Public and Community Technology Advisor to governments of Australia, China, New Zealand, Thailand, Korea and the United Kingdom
  • Former president, Electronic Frontiers Foundation–Austin, also national Association for Community Networking
  • Telecommunications Advisory panels: Rural Policy Research Institute and the Benton Foundation
  • Founding member, Rural Telecon (RTC) at Aspen Institute
  • Specialist, EAS/CAP telecom for alerts, preparedness and crisis management
  • Keynote Address, U.S. Telecommunications Policy Research Conference

Mr. Crick, named one of Texas Monthly’s “25 most influential technology leaders,” received the Susan B. Hadden Award and a U.S. Presidential medal for Y2K preparedness service



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