The Indiana Broadband and Technology Association has appointed AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards chairman of the nonprofit’s board of directors. He was named president of AT&T Indiana in October 2013. Soards is responsible for government, legislative and external affairs for the company. A Butler University graduate and former Indianapolis City-County Council member, he began his career in public policy as a partner in Indianapolis’ Livengood Soards & Associates, an association management and government relations firm.
In 2000, he joined AT&T (then SBC Ameritech) as director of government relations. In 2006, Soards helped lead the effort to deregulate the telecom industry and establish a statewide system for cable video competition. That legislation, the Indiana Telecom Reform Act, was signed into law in 2006 and today continues to attract jobs and investments across the state.
In 2007, Soards worked in Chicago as AT&T’s assistant vice president of public affairs for the Midwest region. And April 2009 was appointed president of AT&T Colorado, a position he held until he returned to Indiana.