I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Jamal Simmons, former campaign strategist to then-candidate Barack Obama and executive at Raben Group, about his continued work in broadband and Internet expansion to under-served areas through the Internet Innovation Alliance. Mr. Simmons was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Annual Meeting held in Savannah, GA, Saturday, September 17.

Simmons moderated the “Economic Development and Broadband Technology” panel, which included State Senator Emanuel Jones, chair of the GLBC, Pete Meadows, regional director, External Affairs AT&T Georgia, State Rep. Calvin Smyre and Jerald Mitchell, director Business Attraction, Savannah Economic Development Authority. The goal of the panel was to discuss and promote the importance of greater access to broadband technology and how broadband can lead to economic development and the creation of new jobs.

Stay tuned. The audio and transcript of my riveting interview with Jamal Simmons are coming soon!