Barry M. Orton, PhD
Professor of Telecommunications and Director of Senior Learning, Liberal Arts and Applied Studies
Phone: (608) 262-2394; email: bmorton@wisc.edu
Programs: On-site Training and consultation, Senior Learning, Marketing & Design

Dr Barry Orton is Director of Senior Learning (which includes supporting PLATO, UW-Madison's Learning In Retirement organization), he coordinates programs in digital media and workplace communication, and he is Professor of Telecommunications in the Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Dr Barry Orto>n speakingFor over 25 years his primary duty at the UW-Madison has been to assist Wisconsin municipalities with broadband issues. He is a veteran consultant to cable television franchising authorities, specializing in telecommunications planning and public opinion research in addition to broadband policy and regulation. Barry has been involved in franchise negotiations, renewals, rate and customer service regulations, and transfers of ownership procedures. Orton has served local government clients in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Barry was an original founder of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), the professional organization of local telecommunications regulators, and for many years was president of NATOA's Wisconsin chapter. In 2005, NATOA elected Orton a Life Member in recognition of his contributions to the organization.

Dr Barry Orton speaking

In addition, Professor Orton has been active in teaching professionals how to utilize the Internet.

Dr Orton's PhD and Masters are from Rutgers in Urban and Regional Planning, and he also has a BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. Before joining the UW faculty in 1980, he was on the Rutgers faculty in Journalism and Mass Communications.

On-Site Training and Consultations

Dr Orton is a veteran consultant to cable television franchising authorities, specializing in telecommunications planning and public opinion research in addition to broadband policy and regulation.

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Senior Learning

The Senior Learning Program in UW-Madison Continuing Studies coordinates programs and establishes partnerships that meet the learning and enrichment needs of age 50+ adults in the greater Madison area and beyond.

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Marketing & Design

Orton and Elvis

This picture is a virtual meeting between myself and Elvis in the White House. Of course, it's a fake. The real thing is the famous December 1970 Elvis - Nixon meeting wherein Elvis gave Nixon silver-plated .45 pistols and the US of A officially gave The King a Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent badge. Read all about it here»

I made my doctored version with Photoshop, a graphics manipulation software package. To learn to do the same, take a UW Continuing Studies workshop in publication design. They are all listed at continuingstudies.wisc.edu/marketing-design»

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