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11/07/2005 Contact: 850-413-6482

Edgar Nominated to Universal Service Board

TALLAHASSEE — Commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar has been nominated to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

The Joint Board was established in 1996 to make recommendations on the implementation of the Universal Service provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  The board’s membership includes Federal Communications Commission (FCC) members, state utility commissioners, and a consumer advocate.

 “I look forward to the opportunity to serve Florida’s consumers through appointment to the Universal Service Joint Board,” Edgar said.  “Florida pays into the Universal Service fund and I want to make sure those funds benefit Florida customers to the greatest extent possible.  As a member of the Joint Board, I can help Florida have a voice in the development of policy for Universal Service funding and disbursement.”

Edgar was nominated by Diane Munns, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and a member of the Iowa Utilities Board.  The nomination was endorsed by voting members of the organization, which is made up of state regulatory associations.  The nomination will be submitted to the FCC.

Other sitting state commissioners on the Joint Board include Thomas Dunleavy of the New York Public Service Commission and Ray Baum of the Oregon Public Utility Commission.