Florida Commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar has been appointed to serve on the
Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service by the Federal Communications
“I appreciate this opportunity to be a voice for Florida’s
consumers,” Edgar said. “Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the nation
and we’re a donor state to the Universal Service Fund, which brings with it a
The Joint Board was established in 1996 to make recommendations on the
implementation of the Universal Service provisions of the federal
Telecommunications Act. The board membership includes FCC members, state
utility commissioners and a consumer advocate.
“Florida is a state that epitomizes diversity. We are largely
urban, but we also have rural needs,” Edgar said. “We have a broad demographic
base that includes substantial Hispanic and elderly populations, and we have counties
with high per capita income levels and counties with low per capita income
Edgar said her experience in dealing with a broad array of
constituencies in Florida will assist the Joint Board as it grapples with issues
including the price for serving high-cost rural areas and the equitable
distribution of funds among states.
Also appointed to serve on the Joint Board was Commissioner Larry S.
Landis, of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Edgar and Landis will
join Thomas Dunleavy of the New York Public Service Commission and Ray Baum of
the Oregon Public Utility Commission as state regulatory members of the board.