Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will meet with the public at the Alcorn County Courthouse on Thursday, Aug. 29, beginning at 6 p.m. to hear from ratepayers. The forum follows the similar “Zap the Gap” initiative that focused on cellular phone service.
“I want to give people across my district the opportunity to share their concerns with me personally about the lack of broadband access in their area and how that affects their lives and businesses,” Presley said. “I am committed to using every power granted to the commission to ensure greater access to this vital service.”
Information from the broadband forums are compiled and reported to the Federal Communications Commission consistent with the framework created by Congress.
The Mississippi Public Service Commission designates companies as eligible telecommunications carriers for participation in the FCC’s Universal Service Fund and is tasked with ensuring that ETCs use USF support consistent with federal statutes and the FCC’s implementing regulations.
Under this framework, the commission may collect information to preserve and advance the goal of universal service, according to Presley.
This forum will also be an opportunity to ask questions on other PSC matters such as the No Call program, financial assistance to low-income ratepayers and other regulated utility issues.