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


April 8-11, 2019

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