Paul Garnett | Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The Vernonburg Group

Paul Garnett, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Vernonburg Group

A tireless digital equity advocate, Paul Garnett has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international telecommunications and technology sectors. Paul is Founder and CEO of Vernonburg Group, a consulting firm based in Savannah, Georgia, USA that works with large and small corporate, international organization, and government clients to close the global broadband gap, with a focus on policy and regulation, access to financing, technical due diligence, program development, and project management. Prior to starting Vernonburg Group, Paul spent 12 years at Microsoft where he created and led the Airband Initiative, leveraging a partner-driven approach to extend broadband access to unserved communities in the U.S. and in over 20 emerging markets. Prior to Microsoft, Paul worked for CTIA-The Wireless Association, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the law firm Swidler Berlin, and the management consulting firm Price Waterhouse.


Connected America 2023 - Day 1 @ 12:30

Rules, Regulations, and Roadblocks

  • Is the current regulatory landscape favorable to network rollout?
  • Addressing differences in regulation by state
  • The impact of IIJA ‘Buy American’ requirement
  • Navigating increasingly decentralized funding

Connected America 2023 - Day 2 @ 12:30

Blended Technology for Rural Connectivity

  • Achieving ubiquitous connectivity through a mix of technologies – I.e., FWA vs satellite vs fiber 
  • What is the most cost-effective blend of technologies? 
  • Balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders 
last published: 24/Mar/23 11:25 GMT

back to speakers




Jack Gosden





Maddie Hicks





Kieran Murphy