The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has appointed Vermont Public Service Board member John Burke as Chairman of the Association's Committee on Telecommunications.
Set to take his seat on Jan. 17, Burke is taking over as chairman from outgoing chair Ray Baum of Oregon. Baum was recently named Senior Policy Advisor to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
Current Telecommunications Committee Vice Chair of New York Maureen Harris will remain in her position.
Burke is not a stranger to NARUC, having been a member of the Telecommunications Committee for more than 10 years. Along with his role as a PSB commissioner, Burke serves on the Federal-State Joint Boards on Separations and Universal Service. Outside of his work at the Vermont PSB and NARUC, Burke is an attorney in Castleton, Vermont, where he focuses on family law, civil litigation, real estate, zoning/municipal issues, and estate law.
NARUC's Telecommunications Committee certainly will have a lot on its plate to deal with in 2011 with the oncoming debates to emerge over the FCC's passing of its net neutrality plan, smart grids, and the beginning build outs of broadband stimulus projects.
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