USTelecom taps GVTC's Hunt to be board chairman, replaces CenturyLink's Davis

USTelecom has appointed Robert Hunt, vice president of regulatory and business operations for Texas-based independent telco GVTC, as chairman of its board of directors.

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Hunt is taking over the chairman role from Steve Davis, CenturyLink's vice president of public policy, who recently retired from the telco.

John Jones, who recently took on the role as CenturyLink's senior vice president, public policy and government relations, will represent the telco on USTelecom's board.

USTelecom President Walter McCormick in a statement said that Hunt's experience in public policy and business operations will help the organization steer through a number of key issues, including the FCC's new net neutrality rules, special access and video franchising.

However, the top issue that USTelecom is trying to undo is the FCC's reclassification of broadband access as a Title II service under the Communications Act of 1934. USTelecom was one of the first organizations to file a lawsuit challenging the FCC's new net neutrality rules.

Not long after USTelecom filed its suit, AT&T (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) filed their own suits against the FCC over the Title II issue. Earlier this week, AT&T and CenturyLink joined USTelecom and the wireless trade association CTIA in asking the FCC to stay its action of placing broadband Internet access services under Title II regulation.

For more:
- see the release

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