Louisiana Division of Administration

Broadband for Everyone Louisiana

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

*Ex-officio member

Click here to see Executive Order Number JBE 19-15