Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Carri Bennet moderated a panel of attorneys that serve as outside board counsel during a session titled “Navigating Ethical Dilemmas Confronting Directors of Rural Broadband Providers” at the Carolinas-Virginias Broadband Membership Association Meeting (CVBMA) on October 19 at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center in Roanoke, VA. The creative panel was conducted in the style of a late-night talk show with attorneys appearing as special guests to discuss ethical dilemmas Boards face in dealing with fiduciary responsibilities, self-dealing, imposition of term limits, cronyism, and a variety of conflicts of interest that arise. The audience was comprised of C-Suite officers, directors and outside counsel representing rural broadband providers in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Carolina-Virginias Broadband Membership Association (CVBMA) is a tri-state trade association representing telecommunication companies in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Carri Bennet has more than three decades of experience representing wireline, wireless and broadband communications providers, as well as commercial and noncommercial broadcasters, in regulatory compliance matters. She has a particular focus on advocating for small rural carriers, including serving as General Counsel to the Rural Wireless Association. Bennet also serves as outside board counsel to several rural broadband companies in the U.S. while also represents telecom industry clients before the FCC, state regulatory agencies, the courts, and Congress.