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Robert LeGrande, Founder & CEO, The Digital Decision
Mr. LeGrande, via his company, the Digital Decision (TDD), has been one of Verizon’s chief consultants and architects of Verizon’s nationwide public safety broadband communications strategy. In this role, TDD has helped design and implement an upgrade of Verizon’s public safety broadband communications products and services. Verizon’s resulting market investments and competitive market position have significantly contributed to improved nationwide public safety communications, all while lowering costs to federal, state, and local Governments. Formerly Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia government, Mr. LeGrande led DC's LMR network upgrade and as a result DC and National Capitol Region received the highest interoperability rating offered by the Dept of Homeland Security in 2007. In addition, he led the development of the nation's first two city-wide public safety 700MHz wireless broadband (BB) networks. Recently, Mr. LeGrande and his firm have been advocating for comprehensive LTE interoperability (https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/101138920214/TDD%20BRETSA%20Reply%20Comments%20Final2.pdf). More recently TDD has partnered with “WI-Fiber” to deliver best in class SMART/IOT solutions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzAcEm-ihpg). Summary of Legislative/Regulatory Contributions: * Authored regulatory filings in support of Comprehensive PS LTE interoperability (2017-present) * Defended the need for Comprehensive PS LTE interoperability at conferences (2017-present) * US House of Representatives Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Hearing on FirstNet State Perspectives (2017) * Authored Key portions of the FirstNet/D-Block legislation (2012) * One of only 5 PS communications Leaders selected to participate in a "closed-door” House Commerce Committee meeting on the merits of the D-Block legislation (2012)