Arlington, Va., (July 18, 2022)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today announced that Michael Romano has been promoted to Executive Vice President of the association after serving for nearly 12 years as NTCA’s lead policy, industry and government affairs executive and overseeing the educational and community-focused mission of the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS).
Romano will continue to oversee policy, government affairs, and FRS endeavors and add member engagement, human resources and information technology operations to his portfolio. As new broadband funding measures take shape and support program reforms are debated, Romano will continue to focus on this advocacy work while helping to implement strategic priorities for the association and assuring organization-wide alignment for both external affairs and association staff.
“Continuing to develop our staff leadership, both to enable personal and professional growth and to increase the value of our team to members, is a top priority for me,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “Mike is a huge asset to NTCA and our members, and I’m thrilled to have him become an even closer strategic partner to me in this new role.”
Before joining NTCA in 2010, Romano was of counsel with Bingham McCutchen, LLP (now Morgan Lewis), served as the founding vice president and general counsel of GTT Communications and held a variety of positions with America Online and Level 3 Communications. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and received his law degree from Georgetown University.
“Long before I was fortunate enough to join the association, I had the deepest respect and admiration for the work that NTCA’s community-based rural providers do in delivering on the promise of universal service in the hardest-to-serve reaches of the United States,” said Romano. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work for and with these members in this expanded role, and I’m grateful for the chance to work even more closely with my fellow staff across the association in helping to advance our mission and vision.”
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovative change in smart rural communities across America. In an era of transformative technological developments, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are advancing efforts to close the digital divide by delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks. Their commitment to building sustainable networks makes rural communities fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, health care, agriculture and education, and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year. Visit us at www.ntca.org.