Oregon Broadband Advisory Council

The Oregon Broadband Advisory Council (OBAC) and a Broadband Advisory Council Fund were created in the 2009 Legislative session to help ensure the implementation of statewide broadband strategies.

The mission of the council is to encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth, and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities. The council members represent Oregon's cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government experts, the Public Utility Commission, the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.

The council is charged with reporting to the Legislative Assembly on the affordability and accessibility of broadband technology in all areas of the state and on the extent of broadband technology use in healthcare, energy management, education and government.

2016 Meeting Schedule

January 21, Salem
February 25, Salem
March 24, Salem
April 28, Salem
May 26, Salem
June 23, Salem

July 28, Salem
August 25, Salem
September 22, Salem
October 19, Hood River
November 17, Salem
December—No Meeting

Agendas and Minutes

Council Members

Joseph Franell

Reappointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
Eastern Oregon Telecom

Joseph Franell is currently the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Oregon Telecom (EOT), a rural competitive telephone company and Internet service provider. EOT serves residents and businesses in the Hermiston/Pendleton area of Northeastern Oregon. Prior to coming to work at EOT, Franell was the Director of Information Technology for the city of Ashland, Oregon, where he was responsible for the Ashland Fiber Network, a municipally-owned and operated broadband telecommunications company. Ashland was selected as one of the Intelligent Communities Forum Smart 21 Communities for 2007 and 2008, because of its innovative and visionary use of broadband technologies.

Franell graduated from college in Texas with a major in education and a minor in communications and then joined the Army where he served for 10 years. Franell left the Army as a Captain after receiving significant experience in communications, operations and logistics. Prior to coming out West, Franell worked for almost 10 years in the telecommunications industry in the Southeastern United States.

Franell has been a featured speaker at numerous state, national and international conferences and forums.

Mary Beth Henry

Vice Chair
Reappointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
City of Portland/Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission

Mary Beth Henry is the Director of the Office for Community Technology at the city of Portland and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. She serves on the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and as a member of the League of Oregon Cities Telecom, Broadband & Cable Standing Committee.

Over the last twenty-two years she has focused her attention on legislative and policy issues related to broadband communications, maintaining local authority and digital inclusion. She has been deeply involved in local government efforts to protect the public interest in legislative efforts on communications policy at the state and federal level and served for eight years on the NATOA Board including a term as President.

In her spare time she enjoys exploring the wonders of Oregon with her husband of 30 years and her two boys, who insist on growing up despite her best efforts to keep them young. Henry earned a B.A. in Political Science from St. Michael's College in Winooski, VT, and attended graduate school at the HHH Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Stephen Bloom

Appointed January 2016
Term expires December 2019
Public Utility Commission of Oregon

Steve Bloom was a water rights lawyer in Pendleton for more than 20 years and part-time U.S. Magistrate Judge in eastern Oregon for 17 years. In 2005 Steve joined the Peace Corps and went to Armenia where he was assigned to the Armenian Constitutional Rights Protective Centre. While there he worked on a successful national election to amend the country's constitution. Thereafter he was asked to head up a judicial reform effort through a USAID program. In that endeavor he worked on training Armenia's 185 judges on how to be better judges. On returning to Oregon he was appointed Legal Counsel to an international wind energy company. After four years in that position, he was appointed an Oregon Public Utility Commissioner.

Anne Carloss

Appointed January 2012
Reappointed January 2016
Term expires December 2019
Hood River County School District

Anne Carloss is currently serving as the Director of Special Education/Student Services for the Hood River County School District.

Ms. Carloss is a native of Chicago, Illinois, where she graduated from Loyola University with a BS in special education. She then graduated from Aurora University with an MA in educational administration. She also has an ED.S in educational leadership from Lewis & Clark College.

Ms. Carloss has served as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Hillsboro and Opportunity Connections of Hood River and The Dalles, and currently serves on the board of Hood River's Children's Advocacy Center.

Ms. Carloss has many years of experience as a teacher and administrator in public schools in Illinois and Oregon.

Representative Brian Clem

Reppointed December 2013
Term expires January 2015
Oregon House of Representatives

Representative Brian Clem is a fifth generation Oregonian, born and raised in Coos Bay. After serving as Student Body President, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oregon State University.

After college, he worked for Oregon State Senator Cliff Trow before moving on to work for United States Senator Ron Wyden.

Brian has been appointed by two governors to the Oregon Student Assistance Commission and was serving in his fourth term as its chair and his second term as President of the Salem City Club before resigning to serve House District 21.

In 2000, Brian established his own small business, OnSite PC Help. Brian also co-owns and operates an 80-acre family fruit orchard with his wife Carol. They live in south Salem near McKinley Elementary School with their daughter Kohana and their dog Ooji.

Miles Ellenby

Reppointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Miles Ellenby is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Doernbecher Children's Hospital OHSU, and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Telemedicine Program. Dr. Ellenby graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1991, trained in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and in Critical Care at the joint UC San Francisco, Children's Hospital of Oakland program.

Dr. Ellenby holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, informing his research interests in cardiovascular monitoring, biological signal processing and complex systems analysis. Dr. Ellenby has been at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital for 10 years.

Senator Ted Ferrioli

Reappointed January 2015
Term expires January 2017
Oregon State Senate

Senator Ted Ferrioli is the senior member of the Oregon State Senate and serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Leader. He was first elected in 1996 and is now serving his fifth term of office and represents Senate District 30, Oregon's largest, encompassing Baker, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Malheur, Wheeler, and portions of Clackamas, Deschutes, Lake, Marion and Wasco counties totaling more than 36,000 square miles.

Ferrioli attended UO, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He has worked as a Veterans Affairs Loan Officer and owned and operated a highly successful public relations firm specializing in natural resource industries. 1994 Ferrioli moved to John Day, Oregon to become Executive Director of Malheur Timber Operators, Inc., from which he retired in 2010.

In addition to serving as Chair or Vice Chair on dozens of Legislative Committees during his long tenure in the Oregon State Senate, Ferrioli was elected by his peers to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore. Today, he is Vice Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91, and serves on the Legislative Administration Committee and the Legislative Commission on Indian Services. In 2013 Senator Ferrioli was appointed to the Capitol Foundation Board of Directors.

Wade Holmes

Appointed April 2013
Term expires December 2016

Wade Holmes is Vice President of Technology at BendBroadband, a Bend-based communications, cable and datacenter provider. BendBroadband serves the Central Oregon communities from Chemult to Madras with industry-leading, high-speed products for residential and business customers.

Prior to BendBroadband, Holmes supported undergraduate and graduate research for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. He also has held technology positions with the High Desert Education Service District and rural Internet service providers throughout eastern Oregon.

Holmes is a native Oregonian, and holds a bachelors degree in computer science from Oregon State University.

Lonny Macy

Reappointed January 2015
Term expires January 2019
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Lonny Macy is the Community and Economic Development Planner for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) and has served in that position for more than 5 years. Macy received his Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2001. He has worked in other planning positions for the CTWS as the Natural Resources Policy and Planning Manager, and the Land Services Planner.

His current position involves work in a variety of functional planning areas. He coordinates local planning groups for telecommunications, transportation, transit, facilities and infrastructure. Recently he has helped coordinate improvements for public safety radio coverage and broadband deployment on the reservation. He also has helped establish Warm Springs Telco—the 9th tribal-owned telephone company in the United States. He also serves on the State Interoperability Executive Council, the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation.

Julie Pearson

Appointed April 2013
Term expires December 2016
State of Oregon

Julie Pearson is IT Governance Lead at the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and a Willamette Valley Fire & Rescue Authority Civil Service Commissioner.

Dave Sabala

Reappointed January 2013
Term expires December 2017
Douglas Electric Cooperative (retired)

Retiring in 2015, Dave Sabala served as General Manager for Douglas Electric Cooperative, a rural electric utility located in Douglas County, for almost 26 years. He was employed by Douglas Electric for 37 years and graduated in 1976 from Oregon State University majoring in Business Administration.

Prior to retirement, Dave sat on the Board of Directors of LightSpeed Networks (a statewide fiber optic interexchange telecommunications carrier headquartered in Portland), and Eastern Oregon Telecom (a CLEC headquartered in Hermiston). Dave helped create Douglas FastNet (DFN), Douglas Electric Cooperative's wholly-owned telecommunications subsidiary.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Industrial Development Board, Community Cancer Center, Whipple Foundation, Umpqua Community College Foundation, and the Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County.

Dave was honored in 2001 with the Connecting Oregon Award, for his efforts to bring advanced telecommunications to rural Oregon. In 2002, he received the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Male First Citizens Award, for his community involvement and volunteerism. In 2014, Dave was the recipient of the Oregon Connections' Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award and the electric utility industry's Distinguished Service Utility Award.

Michael Smith

Appointed April 2012
Reappointed January 2016
Term expires December 2019
Sherman County

Michael Smith is a Sherman County Commissioner. He has multiple industry and corporate certifications in computer technology and has attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University. He also serves on the National Association of Counties' Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee.

Michael Weidman

Appointed January 2015
Term expires December 2018
LightSpeed Networks, Inc.

Michael Weidman joined LightSpeed Networks Inc. (dba "LSN") as their President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2005. LSN provides the only region-wide broadband network with service access points in every county in Oregon. LSN's most current and established network continues its growth in the rural areas of Oregon, Washington and California with a focus on government, education, healthcare and other broadband telecommunication services.

Michael has more than 25 years in telecommunications and management. Prior to joining LSN, he worked for MCI, serving in a number of roles in the USA, Guam, Japan and across Asia. Before joining MCI/WorldCom, Michael served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps leading and directing the successful deployment of communications systems before, during and after the Gulf War.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY. This degree is complimented with MBA studies from the University of Guam.

Tom Worthy

Appointed April 2012
Reappointed January 2016
Term expires December 2019
Oregon State Police

Tom Worthy is a Major with the Oregon State Police serving at General Headquarters in charge of OSP Technology projects, improvements and upgrades. He previously served as the Assistant Patrol Division Commander and a Patrol Sergeant assigned to the Portland Patrol Office. Major Worthy has served with the Oregon State Police for 19 years. He has been involved with the Oregon State Police Integrated Business Operations and Technology Transformation Program since its inception. Major Worthy also is integrally involved with the Oregon State Police electronic ticketing, crash reporting and truck inspection project. Major Worthy holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University. Major Worthy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #261 and holds a graduate certificate of achievement from the University of Virginia.