David Olson Retires; ELGL Member Is Successor

What a remarkable career! David’s successor is Mary Beth Henry who is an ELGL member and fervent supporter of cultivating the next generator.

David Olson’s exit closes a chapter in Portland’s crusade against cable industry

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By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian 

Everybody loves to hate the cable company.

David Olson made a career out of it.

“Cable television started as an offshoot of broadcast media,” he says, “and has eaten it up.”

For nearly three decades at the helm of Portland’s cable regulatory and franchise office, Olson was the city’s crusader-in-chief, waging a series of campaigns — largely without result — to challenge the cable industry’s dominance

Olson fought cable operators in court to force them to open their cable networks, sought to persuade Portland to build a rival fiber-optic network, and summoned fresh outrage every year to rail against the industry’s regular rate hikes.
Portland still talks a good game. Last year, the City Council approved a new broadband plan crafted by Mary Beth Henry, Olson’s deputy and successor.

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