Jeff Sobotka, Vice President and State Broadband Director, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)
The ACA is working to expand the state's digital infrastructure statewide to improve the economy and quality of life of today’s Arizonans. As Broadband Director, Jeff is responsible for strategically managing relationships with state government agencies, local leaders, telecommunications carriers, federal communications policymakers, and nonprofits to advance the expansion of Broadband statewide. Jeff is coordinating broadband development activities in partnership with local communities, state and local government stakeholders, and the private sector to streamline regulatory hurdles and maximizes strategic broadband funding for Arizona. Jeff has 25 years in telecom having worked for ILECs, CLECs, WISPs and Cellular Carriers.
Ricardo Platt, Director, Business Development & Sales for ED2 Electronic Design and Development Corp.
Founded in 2007 and refocused in 2018, Electronic Design and Development Corporation ed2corp.com/(ED2), builds 5G infrastructure hardware for next-generation advancements in telecommunications. ED2 products include integrated 5G wireless solutions, IoT sensors, 5G filters, and custom radio frequency electronics. Our mission is to Transform the way people and things communicate with our innovative wireless products for 5G and beyond that are small size, low-cost, and high performance. They recently won an Innovation Award from the at the Arizona Technology Council.
Tony Casella, Managing Director, and Jim Logan, Sales Director, Simply Bits, LLC
SimplyBits, a privately held company headquartered in Tucson, Arizona is Southern Arizona’s Largest Fixed Wireless Internet Service Provider For Home & Businesses. They are committed to creating Southern Arizona's best wired and wireless network for delivery of Internet access, voice, fax, and other enhanced broadband solutions. Their sophisticated network allows Simply Bits to serve residences as well as small, medium and large businesses, educational institutions and government agencies throughout the Southern Arizona area. Our customer base represents diverse industries including: healthcare, financial, legal, insurance, automotive, hospitality, real estate and more. Simply Bits provides service to thousands of residential and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in population centers that include more than 1 million people