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Paul Garnett

Paul Garnett

Founder and CEO

The Vernonburg Group

Paul Garnett is an accomplished leader with over two decades of experience in telecommunications and technology law and policy, market development, business development, strategic alliances, and technology and business model incubation.

Paul has a proven track record developing creative, high return-on-investment approaches to large and complex challenges. He worked for seventeen years “inside the beltway” for a top management consulting firm, law firm, communications regulator, and trade association, and eleven years “outside the beltway” for one of the biggest technology companies in the world. Paul also conceived of, launched, and led Microsoft’s Airband Initiative, leveraging a partner-driven approach to extending broadband access to unserved communities in the U.S. and globally. Paul was also the founder and Chairman of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. Paul has extensive global business and government relations experience on five continents and has contributed to over twenty U.S. patents.

Prior to founding the Vernonburg Group, Paul was the Senior Director of Microsoft’s Airband Initiative. The Airband Initiative’s portfolio encompassed over 100 projects in 20 countries across 5 continents, where Paul and his team worked with internet service providers, energy access providers, and other partners to deploy new last-mile access technologies, cloud-based services, and business models that extended broadband internet access for tens of millions of people. Paul and his team also focused on key enabling verticals such as agriculture, education, healthcare, and small business.

Recent Events and Presentations

June 14, 2022

How States Can Make the Most of Broadband Funding

View ITIF's event that explored how state-broadband funding is progressing, and how stakeholders are working to take advantage of the opportunities and address the challenges that come with it.

April 1, 2021

How to Bridge the Rural Broadband Gap Once and For All

ITIF hosted a discussion with leading experts on how to resolve these questions and bridge the rural broadband gap once and for all.

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