FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2010
BOARD OF REGENTS STAFF MEMBER APPOINTED TO BROADBAND TASK FORCE
Brad Williams Named as Chair
(TOPEKA) – Governor Mark Parkinson recently named Brad Williams as Chair of the Kansas Broadband Advisory Task Force, a group of industry and policy leaders who will help develop the state’s long-term broadband strategy. Williams is the Chief Information Officer for the Kansas Board of Regents and the Executive Director of Kan-ed.
“Having access to affordable high-speed broadband connectivity is a requirement to attract and retain businesses and foster economic development,” said Williams. “I am honored to have been named as Chair of the Task Force. Our goal is to develop a private-public strategy that assists all Kansans in accessing broadband. As the digital economy expands, Kansas must be ready. I am confident that we can position Kansas as a leader in broadband access and affordability.”
The Kansas Broadband Advisory Task Force, a 24-member group, was established through an executive order. The Task Force will make recommendations for broadband strategies that support the availability and adoption of broadband services across Kansas. The Task Force will coordinate input from key stakeholders in the public and private sectors to ensure Kansas has a competitive advantage through a robust and growing digital economy.
“Kan-ed, a statewide high-speed broadband network administered by the Kansas Board of Regents, helps higher education and K-12 institutions, hospitals, and libraries connect to each other and the world every day in innovative, efficient, and effective ways,” said Andy Tompkins, President and CEO of the Board. “I am confident that the success Brad has helped Kan-ed achieve will help the Task Force accomplish its goal.”
About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.
Kan-ed, a program administered by the Kansas Board of Regents, gives Kansans a competitive advantage in the global marketplace by connecting over 800 hospitals, libraries, higher education institutions, and K-12 schools with high-speed bandwidth to bring members together through Interactive Distance Learning and the exchange of data. Kan-ed membership benefits include shared databases, video-conferencing, telemedicine, and content that is otherwise unavailable or available at prohibitive costs.
Visit the Kansas Board of Regents online at www.kansasregents.org.