By Executive Order, Gov. Jon Bel Edwards created the State of Louisiana’s Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana (BEL) Commission. This commission will facilitate private sector providers, public entities, and other broadband stakeholders to:
Improve both the adoption and availability of broadband service for Louisiana residents by providing universal access to broadband service with minimum committed speed of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload, scalable to up to 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload, for all Louisianans by 2029.
Providing Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana involves two parts – encouraging adoption by individuals and families who do not currently have broadband, and encouraging broadband providers to expand their networks to reach individual and families who do not have access. The Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana Commission will focus on these two pillars – adoption and availability.
The Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity will work in conjunction with the Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana Commission.
The Board Members of the Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana Commission are listed below.
|Board Member||Seat Information|
|Sarah Olcott Allen||Representative of the Internet and TV Association|
|William R. Altimus||Representative of the LA Police Jury Association|
|Jeffrey J. Arnold||Representative of the Association of Electric Cooperatives|
|Bethany Blackson*||Designee of Louisiana Department of Health|
|Monique B. Boulet||At-large Business Executive|
|Janet S. Britton||Representative of LTA|
|April Brumfield||Representative of CTIA|
|Ava M. Dejoie*||Representative of Louisiana Workforce Commission|
|Leslie A. Durham*||Governor's Designee to the Delta Regional Authority|
|Noble E. Ellington||Governor's Director of Rural Revitalization|
|Brandon M. Frey||Representative of LPSC|
|Richard "Dickie" Howze*||Designee of the Commissioner of Administration|
|Rep. Barry D. Ivey*||Designee of the Speaker of the House|
|Melissa H. Mann||At-large|
|Brad Manuel*||Designee of the Secretary of State|
|Josh L. McNemar*||Designee of the DOTD|
|Sen. Beth Mizell*||Designee of the Senate President|
|Jody R. Montelaro||Representative of Electric Utility Companies|
|Kim Nesmith*||Designee of the Superintendent of DOE|
|Kim Hunter Reed*||Designee of the Commissioner of Higher Education|
|Earl Thornton*||Designee of the Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Rep. Christopher Turner*||Designee of the Chairman of LA Rural Caucus|
|Jennifer L. Vidrine||Representative of LMA|
|Patrick Witty||Designee of the Secretary of LA Economic Development|
Click here to see Executive Order Number JBE 19-15