Brian R. Mefford

Brian Mefford is founder and CEO of CNX. In 2012, he led the spin out of CNX from Connected Nation, an internationally recognized non-profit broadband consulting firm that Brian founded and led as CEO for more than a decade.

In his first twenty years working to expand technology access, Brian recognized an emerging need to apply the Public-Private-Partnership model to drive investment in broadband. Today, CNX unites private broadband service providers with states and cities to expand and leverage their broadband assets for expanding fiber, small cells, 5g and related smart city infrastructure.

Brian envisioned and led the development of CNX’s patent-pending software called Connected Nation Exchange (CNX) which provides a collaboration platform where cities and states can more efficiently manage assets, share strategic planning data, streamline inter-departmental processes, and conduct lease transactions with broadband service providers and others seeking to leverage public assets for expanding connectivity services. Service providers can use the platform to upload search rings, design new fiber paths and architect small cell networks, all overlaying available city assets that can accelerate their speed to market.

At CNX, Brian leads a diverse team of broadband professionals enabling cities and states to modernize public policies and practices that encompass the technical, legal, regulatory and financial aspects of leveraging public assets for accelerating intelligent connectivity.

Brian consults with government leaders at the highest levels and has worked with numerous Fortune 100 corporations on PPP strategic planning efforts. He has been featured in CSPAN’s “Communicators” series and has been profiled in The Economist and The Wall Street Journal for efforts to expand broadband to underserved parts of the United States. He is called on regularly to provide broadband-related testimony before the United States Congress and state legislatures and is a widely sought-after speaker for industry and government leadership events. Brian was recently appointed to the newly formed FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, aimed at accelerating the deployment of high-speed internet or broadband across the U.S.

Brian serves on several high impact boards including the New York Academy of Science’s Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council, the Centre College Board of Trustees, and the Center for Gifted Studies. Locally, Brian serves the Kentucky Historical Society Board (immediate past President), the Kentucky Tri-Modal Transpark Authority Board (vice Chairman), serves as a coach for Upward Sports and has served as a deacon for his church. Globally, Brian has served as a U.S. Ambassador to the International Telecommunications Union, served on the International Advisory Panel for the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and as the U.S. advisor to IRMA India.

Brian received a B.S. in Economics from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and an International M.B.A. from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, in Arizona. He studied English literature at Regents College in London, England and participated in the Legislative Studies Program at Georgetown University. He and his wife Allison (Thomas) Mefford cherish time together with their three children (ages 6, 11 and 15) on a very quiet farm in Warren County, Kentucky.