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December 17, 2009
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COMMISSIONERS NAMED TO SERVE ON
THREE KEY FCC FEDERAL-STATE ADVISORY PANELS
Commissioner Clyburn To Be Federal Chair of All Three Panels
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission has appointed
Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker to serve on the Federal-State Board
on Universal Service and the Federal-State Board on Jurisdictional Separations. Commissioner
Clyburn will serve as federal chair of both panels. Commissioner Michael Copps will continue to
serve on both boards.
In addition, Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioners Clyburn and Baker will be
members of the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, joining Commissioners
Copps and Robert McDowell on the panel. Commissioner Clyburn will also serve as federal chair
of the Joint Conference.
“I am excited to work with my former colleagues at the state level to develop thoughtful
recommendations to address some of the most critical telecommunications issues facing our nation
today,” said Commissioner Clyburn of her appointment to chair all three boards. “It is essential that
federal and state governments work in concert to ensure that all Americans have meaningful access
to affordable communications services.”
Said Chairman Genachowski, “I am grateful to Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn,
and Baker for their commitment to serve on these boards. And I am particularly grateful that
Commissioner Clyburn will take on the responsibilities of serving as chair. Her long experience
with the South Carolina Public Service Commission, along with her work with the National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, with many community organizations, and as a
newspaper publisher, make her uniquely suited to head these panels.”
The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service was established by the
Telecommunications Act of 1996 to implement the universal service provisions under the Act and
to make recommendations on other universal service matters. It is comprised of three FCC
commissioners, four state commissioners, and one state consumer advocate. One state
commissioner, currently Oregon Public Utility Commissioner Ray Baum, serves as a co-chairman.
The Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations advises the FCC on matters
concerning the apportionment of regulated costs between interstate and intrastate jurisdictions. The
separations board is comprised of three FCC commissioners and four state commissioners. One
state commissioner, currently South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Steven Kolbeck, serves
The Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services provides a forum for ongoing
discussion on the development of broadband resources between the FCC, states, and local and
regional entities. The joint conference is comprised of all five FCC commissioners and up to seven
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