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Joanne Hovis
Columbia Telecommunications Corp

Joanne Hovis directs all of CTC Technology & Energy’s business consulting, strategic planning, and market assessment consulting work. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation, she is a recognized authority on the broadband market and community broadband topics—and on the evolving role of government in the provision of communications services to the public. She advises public and not-for profit clients regarding strategic and business considerations for building community broadband networks, and provides guidance on funding opportunities including E-rate and other federal programs. In one area of particular interest, Joanne helps communities to develop innovative public-private partnerships that enable creative risk-sharing as between public and private sectors, with greater net benefits to both.

She is the co-author of “Facilitating Broadband Construction,” reporting on gigabit-capable networks, that was featured in Broadband Communities magazine. In addition, she is a co-author of a new report titled “The Art of the Possible: An Overview of Public Broadband Options,” in conjunction with New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI).

Joanne serves as a Director of the Benton Foundation and the Fiber Broadband Association and is co-founder and CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice—the public/private coalition dedicated to enabling local government participation in next generation broadband and Internet development.


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