CenturyLink taps company veteran Jones to lead regulatory efforts

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) did not have to look too far to find its new VP of public policy as it named its own John Jones for the position. Jones succeeds Steve Davis, who is retiring from the company.

Jones is a 21-year company veteran, who has spent that tenure leading state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives, government relations activities, external communication and policy development and state and local economic development issues. He also has represented the company in industry discussions and negotiations. 

The telco's public policy and government relations organization is responsible for representing CenturyLink's public policy positions to federal, state and local policy makers and regulatory commissions, including the FCC, Congress and other government agencies and industry groups.     

Whether it's the second phase of the Connect America Fund, special access, or the recent passing of the new net neutrality laws, Jones and the public policy team will have a number of key issues to tackle in 2015.

He will also play a large part in CenturyLink's own IP transition trials it has started in Las Vegas. 

In addition to his duties at CenturyLink, Jones has been an active member in key telecom advocacy bodies, serving as the past president and member of the executive board of the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance and has served on the Legislative Tactics and Regulatory Affairs Committees of USTelecom.

Jones is also an established member of Louisiana's business community. Currently, Jones serves on the board of directors and the executive committee and chairs the Technology Council for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. He also serves on the boards of the Council for A Better Louisiana, the Louisiana Telecom Association, the Governor's Workforce Investment Council and is a past board member of the Public Affairs Research Council. 

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