Dr. Gerald W. Poplin, of Albemarle, was recently reappointed to a third term on the North Carolina Information Technology Strategy Council (effective January 1, 2023) by the Speaker of the Carolina House of the North, Tim Moore.
Created in 2019 by the NC General Assembly, the Information Technology Strategy Council plays a role in defining and planning North Carolina’s enterprise IT technology projects, advising on prioritization of these projects and identifying areas where funding adjustments may be needed.
State Chief Information Officer James A. Weaver serves as chairman of the 12-person board, which also includes six North Carolina citizens – with backgrounds and familiarity with information systems technology. business, information systems or telecommunications – who are appointed by the Governor and management of the CN General Assembly.
Other members include the director of the state budget, the president of the University of North Carolina, the president of the NC Community College System, and the secretary of administration. The State Auditor also sits on the Board of Directors as a non-voting member.
Poplin’s main objective is the development of rural broadband.
“The pandemic has made it very clear that rural areas of North Carolina are largely unserved or underserved by large incumbent ISPs,” Poplin said. “Internet service is not a luxury…it is a basic element of economic development. More and better solutions are needed as students receive online instruction at home, their parents carry out work tasks from home, and older residents, most susceptible to the virus, use telemedicine as a way to avoid infection. .