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For Immediate Release: December 10, 2012
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

NARUC 'Applauds' New FCC Task Force on Technology

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statements after the Federal Communications Commission announced the creation of its Technology Transitions Policy Task Force:

“On behalf of the nation’s State utility regulators, I welcome today’s announcement by the Federal Communications Commission. This new Task Force dovetails nicely with the NARUC Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications. Wireless technologies seem to change daily, but the fundamental concept of universal service does not. Federal and State regulators must ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, reliable telecommunications service. I applaud the FCC for launching this Task Force and am heartened that the agency is examining the same issues we are. I appreciate the leadership of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Commissioner Ajit Pai, and their colleagues for reaching out to NARUC and our members.”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington

“This is an important development. The telecommunications industry is evolving at a lightening pace, but as we’ve learned from recent natural disasters, even the most advanced network is no match for Mother Nature. Moreover, many of our friends and family live in rural, hard-to-reach areas. No matter the technology, we have an obligation to serve all Americans. We must not leave anyone behind in this digital evolution. I look forward to working with this new task force; I suspect we will have plenty to discuss.”
--NARUC Committee on Telecommunications Chair John Burke of Vermont

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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