DOVER, Del. — Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jason Clarke today announced that Roddy Flynn will lead the state’s connectivity efforts as the Executive Director of the newly-formed Delaware
Broadband Office. Flynn most recently served as the Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Appointed by the White House, Flynn led congressional affairs for the Internet for All initiative which is tasked with implementing the $48 billion high-speed Internet expansion portions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
“Broadband is essential for all Delawareans, and we are excited to have Roddy join the team to lead that charge,” said CIO Clarke. “His compelling track record of building consensus and delivering customer-oriented solutions are assets to Delaware as we move forward with federal funding and our goal to be the first fully-connected state.”
The Delaware Broadband Office is entrusted with leading efforts to expand the availability of wired high-speed internet to all homes and businesses across the state. Together, the Broadband Strategic Plan and GIS Hub have identified more than 12,000 addresses lacking internet access. With a boost from the American Rescue Plan Act, efforts are already underway to connect nearly 6,000 of those addresses by April 2024. Delaware is also currently in the planning phase for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funding and expects to receive $100-$115 million in 2024 to invest in continuing wired broadband connections and digital equity programs. Several public meetings for BEAD planning were hosted throughout the state earlier this month and stakeholder meetings will be held throughout March and April. The public is invited to share further feedback in this planning process through a Digital Equity Needs Assessment Survey available at https://broadband.delaware.gov/. Those without internet access are welcome to reach out to the Delaware Broadband Office at (302) 739-9701.
Flynn began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Henry duPont Ridgely before becoming a litigation associate at Richards, Layton, and Finger. His interest in public service led him to Washington, DC where he headed the Equality PAC, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon prior to joining the NTIA.
A native Delawarean, Flynn received his B.A. from American University and his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was Burks Research Scholar and the recipient of the Calhoun-Bond Award.
About the Delaware Department of Technology and Information
The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is the state’s central IT organization, chartered to deliver core services to other state organizations and exercise governance over the technology direction and investments of the state. DTI provides enterprise services that enable other organizations to effectively fulfill their missions.
Christina Dirksen, Strategic Communications Manager, DTI
(302) 739-9736 w Christina.Dirksen@state.de.us