Washington, D.C.—State Senator Deb Peters (R-S.D.), Representative Angelo Puppolo Jr. (D-Mass.) and Representative Jason Saine (R-N.C.) were recently tapped to serve on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC). All three state legislative members are active with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and serve on NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee.
The IAC is an advisory body to the FCC with a purpose of providing guidance on telecommunications policy that has an impact at the state, local and tribal government levels. The IAC is composed of 15 state, local, and tribal government members with experience in telecommunications matters.
- Peters has served the South Dakota Legislature for more than 12 years and has a wide breadth of knowledge in telecommunications, budgeting and tax policy. She currently serves as president-elect of NCSL and is active on NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee, NCSL’s Task Force on State and Local Taxation, and NCSL’s Budgets and Revenue Committee. Peters has worked to advance important policy initiatives related to the collection of E911 fees, public access to wireless and broadband technologies.
- Puppolo has served in the state legislature for the past 10 years. During his tenure he has served on the Joint Committee of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, and currently serves as vice chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. Puppolo is an active member of the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee and the NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force.
- Saine first joined the North Carolina Legislature in 2011, and since that time has served as senior chairman of the House Finance Committee, chairman of the House Appropriations on Information Technology Committee, vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He is an active member of the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee.
As an advisory member of the IAC, members will provide insight on issues related to public rights-of-way, facility siting, broadband, universal service, public safety communications, and other issue areas in which state and local government share responsibility with the FCC. The IAC meets in-person on a quarterly basis and with conference communications utilized in the interim.
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NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.