DENVER — Friday, Mar. 3, 2017 — Today, Governor Hickenlooper announced Anthony (Tony) Neal-Graves as the executive director to lead Colorado’s Broadband Office.
Neal-Graves will be responsible for driving the state’s broadband strategy, utilizing strong public and private sector relationships in communities across the state to support broadband expansion throughout Colorado.
In Colorado’s rural areas, only 7 in 10 people have access to broadband. The state wants to raise rural broadband availability from 70 percent to 85 percent by the end of 2018, and pave the path to achieve 100 percent access for all of Colorado by 2020.
“We are working tirelessly to make sure every county throughout the state has the tools needed for economic development--especially in rural areas, ” said Governor Hickenlooper. “Tony’s leadership will help move the needle so that all Coloradans have improved access to broadband services sooner rather than later.”
Neal-Graves said, "I’m honored to be joining Colorado in this effort. There is a great broadband team in place, strong public-private partnerships, and tremendous will to get the job done. I’m excited for this challenge".
Neal-Graves comes to Colorado from Intel Corporation where he was the vice president in the Internet of Things Group. He worked at Intel for more than 15 years on numerous domestic and international businesses requiring strategic vision, aggressive timelines, and creative technology solutions. Prior to Intel, Neal-Graves spent more than 20 years in the communications industry working for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.
The Broadband Office will be housed in the Governor’s Office of Information Technology and will collaborate closely with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Department of Local Affairs, among others. Neal-Graves’ first day will be March 15.