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Former Senator To Join Broadband Group


Former Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., has joined Broadband for America as its new honorary co-chairman.

Sununu will join former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., in providing strategic leadership and advice on efforts to expand broadband access to all U.S. homes, the group said Tuesday. The coalition is made up of broadband providers, consumer groups and Internet technology firms.

Sununu, who was defeated for re-election in 2008 by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, will succeed former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell, who has been tapped to head the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. Sununu, a mechanical engineer who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sat on the Senate Commerce Committee while in Congress.

"Broadband for America's top priority is to ensure that policies governing broadband networks work effectively for all American consumers," Sununu said in a statement. "Getting every home and business wired for broadband is vital to the nation's long-term prosperity."

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