Washington Independent Telecommunications Association: Betty Buckley, Executive Director
In this episode, we speak with Washington Independent Telecommunications Association's executive director, Betty Buckley. Ms. Buckley began her career with a decade of service in executive management on the state government level and was honored with the governor's excellence in management and leadership award for her efforts to improve staff diversity, employee involvement and customer service. She was a co-founder and director of Stone Soup, a nonprofit working to improve the lives of women through entrepreneurship and computer proficiency. Prior to accepting her current position 10 years ago, this month, she served as executive director of Communities Connect, a statewide coalition of public and private organizations working to make Washington state a leader in technology opportunities for all.
About WITA: https://wita-tel.org/about/
For over 100 years WITA has been a leading advocate for the telecommunications industry in Washington State. Our association is dedicated to providing a forum for members to share industry trends and new technologies, educate legislators and regulators, provide training opportunities for member companies, and connect vendors with members in an effort to build state of the art networks across Washington.
Together we share experiences, learn from each other, triumph over competition and partner in ways that make all of us more effective and efficient. WITA hosts an annual conference, seminars and industry training opportunities to ensure success in today’s complex and changing telecommunications environment.
Our members are experts at getting communications services into the most rural areas of our state. The vast majority of our members provide telephone and broadband services to 100% of their service areas. Together we have a successful record of influencing legislators and regulators, both in Washington State and in Washington D.C., to make rational decisions on behalf of our member companies and the customers they serve.