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Joint Venture launches Community Broadband Initiative, names Dr. Mohammad Shakouri as director

Mo ShakouriJune 8, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced the formation of a Community Broadband Initiative and tapped veteran wireless industry executive Dr. Mohammad Shakouri to lead the project.

The Community Broadband Initiative (CBI) will operate under Joint Venture’s Civic Technology umbrella, which includes the Wireless Communications and Smart Region projects.

The new initiative will be a coalition of residents, local governments, businesses and the communications industry working together to create and improve affordable high-speed broadband infrastructure in Silicon Valley neighborhoods.

CBI will also work to pioneer a new partnership-driven model for financing, installing and operating open-source broadband networks and services.

Dr. Mohammad Shakouri is a Silicon Valley investor, entrepreneur and international executive with more than 25 years of experience in communications and electronics industry.

“Dr. Shakouri is well-versed in formulating global partnerships and introducing broadband network initiatives to emerging markets,” said Joint Venture President and CEO Russell Hancock. “As leader of the Community Broadband Initiative, he will be leveraging his vast business network to form coalitions and build practical solutions in our communities.”

“Dr. Shakouri is well-versed in formulating global partnerships and introducing broadband network initiatives to emerging markets.”

As an internet connectivity evangelist, Dr. Shakouri has been working with such internet and tech companies as Intel, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm. He serves as Chairman of the WiMAX Forum and is founder and CEO of Microsanj. Dr. Shakouri earned his BSEE from San Jose State University and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and applied physics from Stanford University.

Learn more about Joint Venture's Community Broadband Initiative.

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