About the Committee

The Broadband Committee has a two year charter to research the feasibility and develop a proposal for a municipal broadband fiber-optic network for the town of Harvard. If found to be feasible and approved by the Board of Selectmen and the Town, the Committee would be responsible for the development of plans, budgets, financing, building and commissioning the operation of the service. 

The committee is composed of residents from different areas of expertise, including but not limited to capital planning, engineering, construction, finance, and municipal law. 



Noyan has 19 years of industry experience in RF circuit design and holds B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering. His areas of expertise are RF integrated circuits and computational electromagnetics.

Previously, he worked at MA-COM (Lowell, MA) and M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratories (Lexington, MA). Currently, he works for a start-up company, Anokiwave (Billerica, MA) which develops integrated beamforming circuits for the telecommunications market.

Jim Dowson

Jim Dowson


Jim has 35+ years of experience in a wide range of domains, including scientific computing, operating systems development, real-time systems design, business application development & deployment,  systems management, systems engineering, professional services and competitive intelligence.

In his 19 years with EMC (Hopkinton, MA), he was the Chief Technology Officer for Worldwide Global Services, EMC's technical lead in the creation of VCE, co-creator of the VCE coalition's vBlock and led EMC's Competitive Intelligence team. 
Jim was designated an EMC Distinguished Engineer in 2008 (one of 75 worldwide).



Olivier began his career focused on internet technologies in 1995 at BBN Planet (Cambridge, MA). His time at BBN, surrounded by many industry notables and ‘founding fathers’ of the Internet, offered valuable experience in network operations, web hosting, and backbone network engineering. In 2001, he and his wife relocated to the Washington, DC area where he continued his network engineering career at the US House of Representatives. In 2005 Olivier joined Presidio, a small technology firm in DC. Early roles at Presidio included defining and leading the growth of Managed Services as the Director of Operations. Presidio has since grown to one of the largest and most highly credentialed Cisco Systems focused value-added service providers in the United States. Olivier and his family moved back to his MA but he has remained at Presidio as a Solutions Architect serving Federal clients. He holds multiple industry certifications including CISSP, CCNA, CCNP, CCDP and ITIL.



Christopher Roy is the Assistant Director for the Concord Municipal Light Plant and is accountable for the planning, engineering, operation, maintenance, and construction of the Town of Concord’s entire electrical infrastructure.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science degree in Power Systems Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, Chris brings more than 11 years of experience in both the private and public sectors of the utility industry. His multiple years of experience span all aspects of utility operations including overhead distribution, underground distribution, substations and fiber optics. Chris was also the interim project manager for the deployment of CMLP’s $4 Million Smart Grid fiber optic system which now includes broadband service to the Concord community.



Matt Caulfield is a two year resident of Harvard. He is currently a Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems located in Boxborough where he specializes in Service Provider architectures for Video and Cloud Computing.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Matt lives on Woodside Road with his wife, Maren, and two children, Charlie and Ada.



Maribeth’s interests lie at the intersection of technology, the natural world, horticulture, yoga and wellness.  Residing in Harvard, MA has enabled her to pursue her passions while living in an oak forest at the pond’s edge where gardening, kayaking, hiking, and maintaining high-speed connectivity in her home office can be achieved.  A resident since 1990, Maribeth and her husband, Rich, raised one son, Matthew, in town and several dogs, including beloved Newfoundlands Ani and Shaman.

Employed by Digital Equipment Corporation and its successor companies, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, Maribeth has focused on software engineering, program management and product management for 30 years.   She’s a Principal Massachusetts Master Gardener and has logged more than 1,500 hours practicing open-eyed, meditative yoga.  Maribeth holds a Masters in Computer Science from Boston University, and is a Certified Scrum Master.