FCC needs advisors


FCCTwo members of the FCC’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee are leaving, so the nomination process to find replacements is being commenced.

One of the exiting members of the Committee, Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL), lost a re-election bid. The other, New Jersey Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula, has taken on new responsibilities as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

Nominations for replacements are due 1/12/15.

The task, as described by the FCC: “The mission of the IAC is to make recommendations to the Commission on communications issues affecting local, state and Tribal governments that are within the jurisdiction of the Commission.  These issues range from major Commission policy priorities such as implementation of expanded broadband adoption and deployment, especially in unserved and underserved rural areas and Tribal lands, to improved public safety communications, facilities siting, universal service reform, and public rights-of-way.”

Members are expected to make it to Washington on their own dime four times annually for meetings. The term is two years, with the current session in progress as of 7/14/14 and running until July 2016.

The FCC stated, “There is no particular format for the application; however, it must include the following information:

*Resume (including applicant’s current position);

*Contact information (both email and mailing addresses, as well as telephone numbers); and

*A brief description of the applicant’s area of expertise and qualifications to serve on the IAC, including the applicant’s experience with telecommunications issues.”