Connected Nation’s CEO to Serve Two-Year Term on Malaysian Prime Minister’s International Advisory Panel

Brian Mefford Outlined Connected Nation Broadband Program Success at International Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia —This week, Connected Nation’s chief executive officer, Brian Mefford, was appointed to a two-year term on the MSC Malaysia International Advisory Panel (IAP). Chaired by the Malaysian Prime Minister, the IAP provides advice and counsel to the Malaysian Government to set and prepare the agenda for the way forward in the development and growth of the MSC Malaysia and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Malaysia.

In addition, Mefford was a featured panelist at the 12th annual IAP meeting, outlining the success of Connected Nation’s public-private partnership model for increased broadband deployment and adoption.

The IAP brings together the “meeting of the minds” of some of the world’s most renowned industry luminaries and thought leaders in the global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. This year’s IAP meeting, Innovation Economy: Paving the Path to Prosperity, was held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), near Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 8-10.

The meeting included discussions on how to keep “the MSC Malaysia at the forefront of assisting Malaysia’s economic recovery and creating future prosperity via an innovation-based economy,” according to an article in The Malaysia Star.

Mefford spoke about the success of Connected Nation and its grassroots-level digital inclusion work that began in Kentucky and has since spread to 20 states across the United States. It was the hope of the conference that Connected Nation can serve as a model for possible similar programs in Malaysia.

“At ConnectKentucky and Connected Nation, we believe that states, communities, families and individuals can realize the tremendous economic and social advantage of widespread broadband deployment and adoption,” Mefford said. “Our public-private partnership model has not only seen success in Kentucky, but in other states around the country. We are confident that we can translate this success to Malaysia and help grow the country’s new, high-technology economy.”

To learn more about the conference, visit http://iap-portal.msc.com.my/about.html.

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