Mike Lynch

City of Boston: Boston Dept. of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) Broadband & Cable

Mike Lynch transitioned from public policy and media into an IT/communications job just as the Telecommunications Act of 1996 became law. Twenty-five years later and he’s still doing the same job and loves it…. because it changes every day!

Since the enactment of the Telecom Act of 1996, Mike Lynch has been the cable guy for Boston, Massachusetts, heading up the City’s network expansion, cable & broadband activities for over two decades full of innovation and transition. He’s responsible for cable franchising, small cell licensing, city fiber deployment & network development, (PEG) access programming and funding. Mike works closely with the Boston Neighborhood Network Media Group and Tech Goes Home, a digital equity initiative in Boston.

As Immediate Past President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) and a member of the National League of Cities (NLC) IT Policy Committee, he works with local government cable and PEG folks across the country, helping cities, towns and counties address issues including Wireless Siting, broadband planning, cable licensing, and other policy issues at the nexus of local government telecom, communications, and right-of-way policies.

Mike’s active in local telecom and community issues through the Public Technology Institute, Alliance for Community Media, Mass. Municipal Association, MassAccess, Mass. Chapter of NATOA, Madison Park Voc’l Tech HS’s Advisory Board and the WGBH Community Advisory Board. On the community level, he volunteers at Main Streets, Boston Latin School Association, the Roche Community Center, and the Foundation for BCYF. He’s a graduate of UMass with certificates in Project Management (U.Mass) and Government CIO (Rutgers.)

On the local community level, I’ve volunteered at a number of organizations including Main Streets, Boston Latin School Association, Boston Harbor Yacht Club, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association.

Mike’s married with 2 adult children. He’s an avid open water swimmer and an average sailor.