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For Immediate Release: March 4, 2013
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

NARUC President Taps Idaho's Kjellander as Co-Vice Chair of Telecommunications Committee

WASHINGTON—National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Philip Jones of Washington appointed Idaho Public Utilities Commissioner President Paul Kjellander as a co-vice chair of the Association’s Committee on Telecommunications.

Commissioner Kjellander will join Committee Chairman John Burke of Vermont and Co-Vice Chair Orjiakor Isiogu of Michigan. He is replacing outgoing Co-Vice Chair Maureen Harris of New York, whose term expired.

The Committee on Telecommunications provides a venue for State commissioners to analyze trends in the telecommunications sector and share best regulatory practices. The Committee works closely with the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and the FBI. In addition, the committee passes resolutions on current issues that set NARUC policy.

“President Kjellander is stepping up to serve his regulatory colleagues at a critical time in the telecommunications sector,” said President Jones. “His unique background and perspective will add an important element to our strong leadership team. I also send my sincere thanks to Commissioner Harris. She has been a crucial and energetic voice on many critical issues facing the telecommunications sector. NARUC and our nation’s utility consumers are better off because of her service.”

“I am excited to work with Co-Vice Chair Kjellander and welcome him to our leadership team,” said Committee on Telecommunications Chairman Burke. “We are in the midst of intriguing times in the telecommunications sector, including universal service reform, rural call completion, emergency communications, and much more. Co-Vice Chair Kjellander will play an important role, along with Co-Vice Chair Isiogu and the members of our committee. I echo President Jones’ appreciation for Commissioner Harris, who is not only my colleague but a trusted friend and advisor. She spearheaded our focus on emergency communications and the growing interdependencies between the electricity and telecommunications resulting from smart electricity meters. I wish her the best in her future endeavors and will miss her greatly.”

President Kjellander rejoined the Idaho Public Utilities Commission in April 2011 following his service as administrator of the Office of Energy Resources (OER). Kjellander, who serves as Commission president, was appointed to his current six-year term by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. He previously served on the Commission from January 1999 until October 2007.

Within NARUC, President Kjellander has served on the Telecommunications, Consumer Affairs, and Electricity committees. He was also appointed by the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission to the Federal/State Board of Jurisdictional Separations and served as chairman. He is currently serving as a NARUC representative to the North American Numbering Council (NANC).

“I am grateful for this opportunity,” President Kjellander said. “I thank President Jones and look forward to working with Chairman Burke, Co-Vice Chair Isiogu, and my friends on the Committee on Telecommunications.”
 
 

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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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