Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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INDUSTRY LEADERS 4 6 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 Why every 5G discussion turns to fiber infrastructure: The new head of the Fiber Broadband Association shares her vision of the industry. I n June 2018, the Fiber Broadband Association announced the appointment of Lisa Youngers to lead the association and serve as president and CEO of the organization following the retirement of Heather Gold. Youngers brings two decades of communications industry experience to the FBA, most recently as the CEO of Nextlink Wireless LLC, a wireless spectrum management firm and provider that was the nation's largest holder of LMDS spectrum. Recently, Broad B and Communities had the opportunity to interview Youngers about her vision for the fiber-to-the-home industry and the role of the Fiber Broadband Association. Following are highlights of our conversation. BROADBAND COMMUNITIES: Tell us about your background. What kinds of experiences have you had in the telecommunications industry? LISA YOUNGERS: I've been in telecom, communications and technology for more than 25 years. I have a varied background – I've been in broadcasting, worked as a lawyer for a state public utilities commission, worked for nationwide telecom competitors and wireless companies, and I've also represented those companies' interests on boards and coalitions. In terms of subject matter, I've dealt with wired, wireless, spectrum, broadcast and satellite; I've been involved in enforcement, litigation, investigations, mergers and acquisitions, and policy regarding all major issues – competitive, local, national, and anything else you can think of. I've been a general counsel, and at Nextlink, I ran the company itself, overseeing all the pieces. It's been a wide variety of experience. BBC: How does this experience shape your perspective on the Fiber Broadband Association? LY: Having that variety of experiences and roles helps me understand many aspects Advocating for Fiber Broadband Q&A With Lisa Youngers, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association Lisa Youngers, President and CEO Fiber Broadband Association

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