Jeff Sural Broadband Infrastructure Office Director Jeff Sural joined the N.C. Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as the director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office. which leads the statewide initiative to expand high-speed internet access for all North Carolinians, focusing its resources on underserved rural communities. The office provides policy recommendations and guidance to government leaders and key stakeholders to foster broadband infrastructure expansion, adoption and use. Through the use of on-the-ground technical advisors, the office provides assistance to local government leaders working to facilitate broadband expansion in their communities. The office includes the state’s FirstNet public safety education and outreach program. A native of Greensboro, Sural has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney and public policy expert working at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining NC DIT, he was a member of the Legislative and Public Policy Group at Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C. Sural previously served as a deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as assistant administrator for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. He also served as legislative counsel to U.S. Congressman Vernon Ehlers and as assistant majority counsel for the Michigan House of Representatives. Sural earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.