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FCC 54.703
Revised as of November 19, 2020
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  54.703   The Administrator's Board of Directors.

   (a) The Administrator shall have a Board of Directors separate from the
   Board of Directors of the National Exchange Carrier Association. The
   National Exchange Carrier Association's Board of Directors shall be
   prohibited from participating in the functions of the Administrator.

   (b) Board composition. The independent subsidiary's Board of Directors
   shall consist of nineteen (19) directors:

   (1) Three directors shall represent incumbent local exchange carriers,
   with one director representing the Bell Operating Companies and GTE,
   one director representing ILECs (other than the Bell Operating
   Companies) with annual operating revenues in excess of $40 million, and
   one director representing ILECs (other than the Bell Operating
   Companies) with annual operating revenues of $40 million or less;

   (2) Two directors shall represent interexchange carriers, with one
   director representing interexchange carriers with more than $3 billion
   in annual operating revenues and one director representing
   interexchange carriers with annual operating revenues of $3 billion or
   less;

   (3) One director shall represent commercial mobile radio service (CMRS)
   providers;

   (4) One director shall represent competitive local exchange carriers;

   (5) One director shall represent cable operators;

   (6) One director shall represent information service providers;

   (7) Three directors shall represent schools that are eligible to
   receive discounts pursuant to § 54.501;

   (8) One director shall represent libraries that are eligible to receive
   discounts pursuant to § 54.501;

   (9) Two directors shall represent rural health care providers that are
   eligible to receive supported services pursuant to § 54.601;

   (10) One director shall represent low-income consumers;

   (11) One director shall represent state telecommunications regulators;

   (12) One director shall represent state consumer advocates; and

   (13) The Chief Executive Officer of the Administrator.

   (c) Selection process for board of directors. (1) Sixty (60) days prior
   to the expiration of a director's term, the industry or non-industry
   group that is represented by such director on the Administrator's Board
   of Directors, as specified in paragraph (b) of this section, shall
   nominate by consensus a new director. The industry or non-industry
   group shall submit the name of its nominee for a seat on the
   Administrator's Board of Directors, along with relevant professional
   and biographical information about the nominee, to the Chairman of the
   Federal Communications Commission. Only members of the industry or
   non-industry group that a Board member will represent may submit a
   nomination for that position.

   (2) The name of an industry or non-industry group's nominee shall be
   filed with the Office of the Secretary of the Federal Communications
   Commission in accordance with part 1 of this chapter. The document
   nominating a candidate shall be captioned “In the matter of: Nomination
   for Universal Service Administrator's Board of Directors” and shall
   reference FCC Docket Nos. 97-21 and 96-45. Each nomination shall
   specify the position on the Board of Directors for which such
   nomination is submitted. Two copies of the document nominating a
   candidate shall be submitted to the Wireline Competition Bureau's
   Telecommunications Access Policy Division.

   (3) The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission shall review
   the nominations submitted by industry and non-industry groups and
   select each director of the Administrator's Board of Directors, as each
   director's term expires pursuant to paragraph (d) of this section. If
   an industry or non-industry group does not reach consensus on a nominee
   or fails to submit a nomination for a position on the Administrator's
   Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Federal Communications
   Commission shall select an individual to represent such group on the
   Administrator's Board of Directors.

   (d) Board member terms. The directors of the Administrator's Board
   shall be appointed for three-year terms, except that the Chief
   Executive Officer shall be a permanent member of the Board. Board
   member terms shall run from January 1 of the first year of the term to
   December 31 of the third year of the term, except that, for purposes of
   the term beginning on January 1, 1999, the terms of the six directors
   shall expire on December 31, 2000, the terms of another six directors
   on December 31, 2001, and the terms of the remaining six directors on
   December 31, 2002. Directors may be reappointed for subsequent terms
   pursuant to the initial nomination and appointment process described in
   paragraph (c) of this section. If a Board member vacates his or her
   seat prior to the completion of his or her term, the Administrator will
   notify the Wireline Competition Bureau of such vacancy, and a successor
   will be chosen pursuant to the nomination and appointment process
   described in paragraph (c) of this section.

   (e) All meetings of the Administrator's Board of Directors shall be
   open to the public and held in Washington, D.C.

   (f) Each member of the Administrator's Board of Directors shall be
   entitled to receive reimbursement for expenses directly incurred as a
   result of his or her participation on the Administrator's Board of
   Directors.

   [ 63 FR 70573 , Dec. 21, 1998, as amended at  67 FR 13226 , Mar. 21, 2002]

   


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