USTelecom has named Steve Davis, executive vice president for public policy and government for CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), as its new chairman for a two-year term. He takes over from Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN).
Davis (Source: CenturyLink)
Davis previously served as the vice chairman of the USTelecom board.
At CenturyLink, Davis has been a major force behind the telco's move to apply for the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase I funding. By accepting $54 million from the second round of CAF-I, the telco will be able to extend broadband services to over 92,000 homes and businesses in hard to reach areas of its service footprint.
A 30-year telecom veteran with a particular focus on regulatory and legislative policies, Davis came to CenturyLink via the company's acquisition of Qwest where he served as senior vice president of public policy and government relations.
During his tenure at Qwest, he directed policy activities at the federal, state and local levels, including reviews of its merger with CenturyLink by regulatory agencies.
Earlier, Davis held a number of legal and regulatory positions at AT&T (NYSE: T), including the telco's interests in all state and local governmental matters.
In addition to Davis, USTelecom named Robert Hunt, vice president of Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative as vice chair, and Darby McCarty, president of Smithville Telephone Co. as secretary.
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