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Federal Communications Commission
1919 - M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

FCC 98J-1
Released: February 23, 1998


CC Docket 96-45

In its Report and Order on Universal Service,(1) released May 8, 1997, the Commission, acting on the recommendation of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (the Joint Board), encouraged the Joint Board to establish a Rural Task Force (RTF) to "provide valuable assistance in identifying the issues unique to rural carriers and analyzing the appropriateness of proxy cost models for rural carriers."(2) On September 17, 1997, the Joint Board released a Public Notice announcing the creation of a RTF and soliciting nominations for membership. The Joint Board established seven categories representing various segments of the telecommunications industry and requested that candidates for membership be nominated according to category.(3)

Nominations were due on October 15, 1997. The Joint Board received 51 nominations. Since that time, however, several nominees have changed positions and various organizations have sought to offer substitute nominations. Accordingly, we hereby solicit additional nominations to be considered along with the nominations already received by the Joint Board. Nominations already submitted should not be resubmitted.

All nominations must be submitted by March 2, 1998 to the Secretary of the Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20554 and to Astrid Carlson, Federal Communications Commission, 2100 M Street, N.W., 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20554. Parties should also send copies of their nominations to the individuals listed on the attached Service List (Appendix). Questions regarding this Public Notice or the nomination process may be directed to Astrid Carlson at (202) 418-7369.

1. Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, CC Docket No. 96-45, Report and Order, 62 F.R. 32862 (rel. May 8, 1997) (Universal Service Order).

2. Universal Service Order at para. 253.

3. Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service Announces the Creation of a Rural Task Force; Solicits Nominations for Membership on Rural Task Force, Public Notice, FCC 97J-1 (rel. Sept. 17, 1997).

Appendix -- Service List

The Honorable Julia Johnson, State Chair
Florida Public Service Commission
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Gerald Gunter Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0850

The Honorable David Baker
Georgia Public Service Commission
244 Washington Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30334-5701

The Honorable Laska Schoenfelder
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
State Capitol, 500 East Capitol Street
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

The Honorable Martha S. Hogerty
Public Counsel
Missouri Office of Public Counsel
301 West High Street, Suite 250
P.O. Box 7800
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Charles Bolle
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
State Capitol, 500 East Capitol Street
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Bridget Duff, State Staff Chair
Florida Public Service Commission
2450 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0866

Astrid Carlson (plus 8 copies)
Federal Communications Commission
Accounting and Audits Division
Universal Service Branch
2100 M Street, N.W., Room 8611
Washington, D.C. 20554

Rowland Curry
Texas Public Utility Commission
1701 North Congress Avenue
P.O. Box 13326
Austin, TX 78701

Ann Dean
Maryland Public Service Commission
16th Floor, 6 Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-6806

Phillip F. McClelland
PA Office of Consumer Advocate
1425 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Tiane Sommer
Georgia Public Service Commission
244 Washington Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30334-5701