On Trac, Inc

On Trac, Inc

February 15, 2011
Mike Hill Represents FTTH Council at White House Recognition

On Trac, Inc. CEO, J. Michael Hill represented the FTTH Council of North America as a guest to the White House for the Champions of Change Program.  The White House honors 11 local leaders as Champions of Change for creating jobs in their communities and using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure. With the assistance of grants and loans from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), these leaders are helping to expand high-speed broadband, building roads and bridges, providing clean water and much more.  Mike’s role as current Board Member and former Chairman of the FTTH Council affords this type of national representation and industry exposure.

During the presentation, the White House recognized two individuals who helped develop and are now implementing broadband infrastructure projects that are key to revitalizing their communities. Joe Freddoso, President and CEO of MCNC, and Donald Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network, Inc. Merit Network and MCNC both received Recovery Act grants from NTIA for broadband infrastructure projects that are currently underway and connecting community anchor institutions, including schools, libraries, and hospitals, to high-speed Internet.

Under the leadership of Welch and Freddoso, Merit and MCNC have put hundreds of people to work and are laying the groundwork for sustainable economic growth and improved education, healthcare, and public safety. These projects emanated from the communities where they are being carried out; each project is designed to best meet the needs of local people and institutions and to get the biggest bang for every grant dollar. Merit¹s project is serving Michigan¹s Upper and Lower Peninsula, and MCNC is serving communities across North Carolina.

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