Ben Fineman

Michigan Broadband Cooperative


Ben is an advanced networking professional and community broadband activist. Some years ago, Ben realized that many people in the U.S. do not have access to internet connections that allows them to participate in the most basic of online activities, let alone emerging technologies. This led Ben to co-found the Michigan Broadband Cooperative, where he volunteers as President and leads the organization toward the mission of achieving ubiquitous broadband in Michigan. Ben was also a key member of the team that led Lyndon Township through a ballot initiative that took this rural township from the limited choices of spotty DSL, cellular, and satellite services to in a township-wide municipal fiber network offering symmetric gigabit service. Since then Ben has also served on county and state broadband task forces, and today consults with Merit Network on their Michigan Moonshot initiative to expand community networks in rural Michigan. Ben also leads the industry engagement program for the non-profit university consortium Internet2, where he works to enable connections between industry and academia that advance research and education using networking technologies.

September 22-24, 2020

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