Governor announces appointments to Vermont Telecommunications Authority

MONTPELIER -- House Speaker Gaye Symington, Governor Jim Douglas and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today announced their appointments to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA).

The 11-member Authority is a key component of the e-State Initiativea plan to make Vermont the first state to provide universal cellular and broadband coverage everywhere and anywhere within its borders, and building on earlier legislative initiatives to encourage broadband access in rural areas of the state. The product of comprehensive telecommunications legislation endorsed by Governor Douglas and the Legislature in the last session, the VTA is empowered to partner with service providers, private investors, municipalities, and federal agencies to make investments in telecommunications infrastructure and advance the spread of broadband and cellular services in every area of the state. Authorized to deploy up to $40 million in state bond backing, the Authority hopes to leverage $200 million or more in private investments.

The Governor, President Pro Tem and Speaker each appointed two members and jointly appointed the Chair and Vice Chair. Vermont Telecommunications Authority Membership:

Mary Evslin, Chair
Evslin has an extensive technology background and currently works as a consultant. She was co-founder of ITXC Corporation, the Fastest Growing Technology Company in North America according to Deloitte & Touche in 2002. Her company had presence in over 175 countries and was considered one of the world's largest international wholesale carriers of telephone calls and the largest Internet telephone carrier with 350 employees at its peak. Among other community service, Evslin has served on the boards of the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, the American Red Cross and the Vermont Humanities Council. She is also co-founder of the Internet for All, Now Committee.

Peter Meyer, Vice Chair
Prior to his retirement from state government, Meyer was the Executive Director and Environmental Analyst for the Vermont Public Service Board, where he served for 17 years. Before joining the PSB staff, he was the Chief Coordinator for the Vermont Environmental Board for 10 years. From 1995 to 2003, Meyer served as the Treasurer for the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center where he helped raise funds for, build and operate a recreational facility for the Central Vermont community. He is currently on the Board of ECHO, Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.

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