Engler Names Past PSC Chair As Broadband Czar
LANSING — Gov. John Engler recently named William G. Rosenberg to head the new Michigan Broadband Development Authority, the agency charged with building the state’s high-speed Internet highway.
Rosenberg is founder and president of E3 Ventures, a company based in Cary, N.C., that consults corporate clients on environmental and energy issues. Rosenberg started E3 Ventures in 1993.
Four years earlier, President George H. Bush appointed him assistant administrator for air and pollution at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Rosenberg was instrumental in creating the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act.
Before that, Rosenberg served as chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, assistant administrator of the Federal Energy Administration, and executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. He also practiced law at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn in Detroit.
Engler noted that the 61-year-old Rosenberg was the first director of the state’s housing authority, with Gov. William Milliken appointing him to that post in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Rosenberg chaired the state’s PSC during the national oil crisis.
In the 1980s, Rosenberg served as chairman of The Investment Group of Ann Arbor, a real estate development firm. He also was president of Rosenberg, Freeman and Associates, another Ann Arbor firm that specialized in developing low- and moderate-income housing.
Rosenberg earned his MBA and JD from Columbia University and a BA from Syracuse University.
The Michigan Broadband Development Authority was created by the passage of Senate Bill 881, which was sponsored by Sen. Leon Stille, R-Spring Lake. The agency will provide low-interest loans to expand broadband access to underserved areas in the state. (See related story on page B6).
Rosenberg, a native of New York City, will serve as the authority’s chairman, president and CEO.