The Federal Communications Commission announced today that it has appointed Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley to the state’s Joint Board on Universal Service. Presley will be one of four state commissioners from across the nation to serve on the board of directors making recommendations on billions in the Universal Service Fund.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the FCC’s Federal Joint Committee on Universal Service,” said Commissioner Presley. “As a state, Mississippi has benefited tremendously from the funds managed by this board, including the nearly half a billion dollars that were awarded in early December. As our state is working towards a broadband boom for its citizens, I am looking forward to working with my colleagues from the federal and state levels on this important issue for our country. I particularly appreciate the cross-party support for my nomination. Broadband expansion is critical to America’s interests, and we must all work hard to connect every home in this country to world-class telecommunications services. “
The Joint Board, made up of members of the Federal Communications Commission, state utility regulators, and consumer representatives, oversees and makes recommendations on the general provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The primary objective of universal service is to provide high quality telecommunications services at fair, reasonable, and affordable prices promote. It also aims to expand the use of high-tech telecommunications services across the country, particularly in low-income, rural and cost-intensive regions of the country.
Most recently, Mississippi received $ 495 million from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) for broadband expansion. RDOF is one of the many programs funded by the Universal Fund.
For more information about the appointment, see the following order from the FCC: https: //www.fcc.
December 31, 2020