CEO, Vernonburg Group
Paul Garnett has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international telecommunications and technology law and policy, market and business development, strategic alliances, and technology and business model incubation. Paul is Founder and CEO of the Vernonburg Group, a consulting firm based in Savannah, Georgia, USA that works with large and small corporate, international organization, and national government clients to close the global broadband gap, with a focus on policy and regulation, access to financing, technical due diligence, and project and program management.
Prior to starting the Vernonburg Group, Paul spent 12 years at Microsoft where we created and led the Airband Initiative, leveraging a partner-driven approach to extend broadband access to unserved communities in the U.S. and in over 20 emerging markets. This included investing in 25 internet service providers and connectivity hardware and solution providers and running a grant fund focused on early-stage companies. Prior to launching the Airband Initiative, Paul led Microsoft’s global spectrum policy work and started the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance.
Prior to Microsoft, Paul worked for CTIA-The Wireless Association, the United States Federal Communications Commission, the law firm Swidler Berlin (now Morgan Lewis), and the management consulting firm Price Waterhouse. Paul has a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union College. Paul is a member of the Bar of the US District of Columbia.
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