Brian Mefford | VP Broadband Strategy

Brian Mefford, VP Broadband Strategy, VETRO

Brian joined VETRO with a wealth of experience helping to shape federal and state broadband programs and leading community broadband efforts in rural areas. Prior to VETRO, Brian founded Connected Nation, a nonprofit focused on enriching community broadband access. During his time at Connected Nation, Brian led the spin out of CNX, a platform for establishing public/private broadband network deployment partnerships that provided the nexus at which Brian first met and worked with the founders of VETRO to develop a 5G asset management solution. Brian has worked with government leaders at all levels to advance innovation, providing testimony regularly for state legislatures and the U.S. Congress and consulting with federal agencies including the FCC, NTIA, USDA and the State Department. Brian has served as adjunct faculty in the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business and Economics, teaching entrepreneurship in the MBA program. Brian received a BS in Economics from Centre College and an International MBA from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. Brian’s mission is to grow and optimize broadband access around the world, with a focus in rural areas.


Connected America 2023 - Day 2 @ 11:30

Developing Rural Broadband Strategy

  • Designing rural broadband deployment strategy at the state and local level 
  • Coordinating investment from federal, state and private sources 
  • What is the role of co-ops in executing strategies to improve rural connectivity?
  • Coordinating strategy between state, city and county authorities 
last published: 24/Mar/23 11:25 GMT

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