Dolan Beckel

Dolan Beckel most recently served as a Director of Information Technology for Cognizant Technology Solutions. Prior to that, he was co-owner of Fathom Solutions, a Chicago-based management consulting company focused on the communications industry. Dolan was also an associate partner at Accenture helping international communications service providers through strategy, business process, and technology solutions. Dolan holds a BA in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.

PROJECT: ENSURING DIGITAL ACCESS AND INCLUSION FOR ALL COMMUNITIES

Although San José currently has a 90% connectivity rate among all residents, that number drops to just 70% among low-income residents. In an effort to identify digital needs and ensure that all residents have access to affordable online services, the city partnered with FUSE Fellow Dolan Beckel to develop a strategic plan to achieve broad digital inclusion that contributes to the city’s larger economic, social equity and civic engagement goals. Dolan helped develop a broadband and digital equity strategy, and as well as 10,000 devices and four years of free internet for 10,000 San José high school students with a Sprint 1 Million Project Grant. Dolan’s work has helped close the digital divide in the city and pushed San José officials to engage more proactively with telecom providers as it invests in staffing, policy changes, and infrastructure investment to influence telecom providers to spend up to $2 billion in San José’s broadband digital infrastructure.