Florida Public Service (PSC) Commissioner Ronald A. Brisé was appointed to the Federal-State Board on Universal Service by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Joint Board ensures equitable distribution of Universal Service Funds (USF) to provide affordable telecommunications access for low income customers and for those who live in rural, high cost service areas.
“I am honored to be appointed to the Joint Board and proud to represent Florida’s consumers,” Commissioner Brisé said. “As one of highest contributors to the USF, Florida is also one of the fastest growing states with a broad, diverse population, so this will bring a unique perspective to the Board.”
Commissioner Brisé tackled many telecommunications issues during his four years serving in the Florida House of Representatives. As a Representative, he served on several committees that produced significant legislation on telecommunications issues, among others. Commissioner Brisé also sponsored successful legislation expanding broadband deployment in Florida to address digital divide as well as legislation improving consumer protection for Florida families.
The Joint Board was established in 1996 to make recommendations on the implementation of the Universal Service provisions of the federal Telecommunications Act. Commissioner Brisé is one of four state public utility commissioners on the Joint Board that also includes three FCC Commissioners and a consumer advocate.
The USF also provides discounts on telecommunications and Internet access for schools and libraries and advanced communications services for rural health care providers.
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