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Former Florida regulator named to FCC diversity panel

Former Florida Public Services Commission chairman Julia Johnson has been appointed to chair the FCC’s new Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell announced the formation of the committee earlier this summer. Its mission is to provide guidance to the FCC on policies and practices that could increase the diversity of ownership and create opportunities for minorities and women to advance to managerial positions in the communications sector. The inaugural meeting of the committee is tentatively scheduled for September 29 at FCC headquarters in Washington D.C.

Johnson is the president of Netcommunications, a public policy consulting firm. She is also a member of the Florida State Board of Education and as a trustee of the University of Florida. From 1992-1999, Johnson served on the Florida Public Services Commission, which she chaired from 1997-1999. In that capacity, she was responsible for regulating Florida’s $16.8 billion investor-owned utility industry, which includes telecommunications, electric, gas, water, and waste-water utilities.

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