Brian Shepperd is the Director of Broadband Services for UNH. He is responsible for the University System of New Hampshire wide area network as well as the ConnectNH videoconferencing services for education and telehealth throughout New Hampshire. This network provides gigabit and 10 gigabit bandwidth to research and educational institutions throughout NH.
He currently oversees the network constructed when he was the Program Director for the Network New Hampshire Now project awarded to the University of New Hampshire in 2010. This $66M federal stimulus project is a public/private partnership that consists of four major components; construction of over 750 miles of middle mile fiber throughout all 10 counties in NH, a 10 gigabit wide area network serving 35 research and education institutions, a last mile fiber project in southwestern NH, and a 20 site, IP based, public safety microwave network. Brian was a key team member in the development of New Hampshire’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant proposal.
Brian was previously the Chief Technology Officer at New Hampshire Public Television and was responsible for all of the technology and facilities for this statewide television network. Brian managed a portfolio of $10 million in federal and private grants utilized to convert NHPTV’s acquisition, production, interconnection, and broadcast network to digital. His previous roles at New Hampshire Public Television included Chief Studio Engineer, Planning and Standards Engineer, and Engineering Technician.
Prior to his NHPTV employment, he spent four years as an Avionics Instrument Systems Technician in the United States Air Force and served in Austin, Texas and Guam.
Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He is an appointed member of the Northeast Research and Education Network (NEREN) and the NH Telecommunications Planning and Development Advisory Council (TAB) since 2004. He was an active member of the sub-committee responsible for the development of the State of New Hampshire Broadband Action Plan.