Breathing New Life into the NYSWA Education Committee

Historically, the NYSWA Education Committee played an important role in supporting carriers with their municipal relationships by drafting objection letters and other communications. Over time, this task morphed into building event programming, identifying speakers and panelists, and designing educational events for the membership. Now, in 2023, Robert Gaudioso, NYSWA’s Education Committee Chairman, is reinvigorating the goals for the committee.

The current work of the Education Committee has been divided among five vice chairs.

· Jessalyn Gerbholz, Vice Chair of Content

· David Kenny, Vice Chair of Legislation

· Flora Donovan, Vice Chair of Litigation: Zoning and Permitting

· David Rownd, Vice Chair of Litigation: Commercial

· Adrian Berezowsky, Vice Chair of Government Relations

This team works together to ensure that the NYSWA membership remains informed on federal and NY State legislation, pending bills, updates, and breaking issues. It is their responsibility to make sure NYSWA’s voice is heard on issues impacting the industry and that the organization is represented at functions held by local jurisdictions.

The Education Committee vice chairs work closely with the Marketing Committee, authoring articles on their respective areas of expertise to inform and educate the membership, and the greater industry, on issues critical to the association, and to demonstrate NYSWA’s leadership in the wireless world.

“Our volunteers really are the thought leaders for the wireless industry,” said Robert Gaudioso, Education Committee Chair. “When it comes to having your finger on the pulse of what is happening, and how you can influence the future of our industry, these individuals are at the top.”

Not only is the Education Committee responsible for legislative issues, but they are also the machine behind the quality programming members expect at NYSWA functions. The return of the Wireless Forum in 2022, with keynote presentation delivered by Senator Kristen Gillibrand, and April’s Broadband for All events are just two of the shining examples of how the Education Committee presents top-rated speakers.

“As an off year for the Wireless Forum, we’re in the process of planning The Fixed Wireless Forum this fall,” said Gaudioso. “This is going to be our big event for 2023 and I am looking forward to being able to share all the details in the next couple of months.”

What we know now: The Fixed Wireless Forum will be held on October 30 in New York City and will take a hard look at the technology, financial viability, and policy aspects of providing fixed wireless services. Attendees can expect to hear from a keynote insider, as well as panel discussions, with built-in time for networking. This single-day event is expected to draw upwards of 300 registrants, so it is advisable to save the date on your 2023 calendar.

Interested in getting involved in an opportunity to be on the forefront of a constantly evolving industry? Volunteering on the Education Committee provides a wealth of avenues to show your talents. To learn more about how you can influence the future of wireless from a legislative and educational perspective, connect with Robert by completing your Education Committee interest form here.