Sachin Gupta

Centranet: VP of Business & Technology Strategies

Sachin Gupta is the Director of Government Business and Economic Development at Centranet, a subsidiary of Central Rural Electric Cooperative.

He is a member of the board of directors at the American Association for Public Broadband.

He represents the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA) on the Federal Communications Commission’s Technical Advisory Council (FCC TAC).

He is on the Steering Advisory Group of the NRECA advising the NRECA’s broadband leadership on operations and strategics priorities areas of focus.

He is Secretary, Board of Directors of the Fiber Broadband Association.

He is a member of the Oklahoma Broadband Expansion Council. Formed by House Bill 3363, the council has 14 members and is in an advisory role to the Oklahoma State Broadband Office to create recommendations for new policies and incentives.

He is the chair of the Middle Mile Working Group at the Fiber Broadband Association.

He is a member of the Innovation and Business Opportunity Committee at NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association.

Over the last 18 years he has had a diverse career working in product management, business development and marketing for large government contractors. He has traveled to and worked with government officials in 32 different countries advocating for networked smart defense and security solutions. He has been a speaker at several domestic and international conferences and has talked about technical, legislative, and regulatory issues. He is well published in several broadband publications including Broadband Communities Magazine, Fiber Forward and others. He represents Cooperative Broadband Coalition (a coalition of 10 electric cooperatives) and advances its agenda at State and Federal levels.

He has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University. With his technical background and experience in marketing and business development he is a well-balanced blend of technocrat and diplomat, equally at ease talking about technology with engineers or explaining it in conversational terms to a non-technical person. Over his career, he has demonstrated the ability to accurately predict where technology-based challenges and opportunities exist as well as how to respond.

Since he joined Centranet, he has forged relationships with local, county, state and tribal leaders in Oklahoma and has worked hard to ensure that broadband deployment, both last and middle mile and broadband adoption stays a topic of strong relevance with them.