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OUS Fund Advisory Board
Advisory Board Meeting
Meeting Schedule
The OUS Advisory Board meets quarterly.  Meeting agendas are posted two weeks before each meeting.
  • February 7, 2018  
  • May 2, 2018
  • August 1, 2018   
  • November 7, 2018

Current Meeting Agenda

DATE:    November 1, 2017​
TIME:    10:00 a.m.
PLACE:  Oregon Public Utility Commission

             201 High St. SE, Suite 100
             Salem, OR 97301

             Forest Conference Room (4th Floor)

AGENDA:

  Approval of August 2, 2017 minutes

  Fund Status:

1.    Current Status of the OUSF
2.    Fund Balances Status Report
3.   Administrator Contract Audit
4.   OUSF Web Application Update
 
Other Business:
 
5.    Other
 
 
Advisory Board Information
Overview
The Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) established an OUS Advisory Board by Order 99-197.  The PUC concluded:
 
"Telecommunications carriers who participate in the OUS program should have a voice in how it is administered. We will select an Advisory Board now to provide that opportunity. We believe an Advisory Board will be valuable to us and to the administrator in representing different types of telecommunications carriers and in giving advice gained from experience in providing telecommunications services. The Advisory Board will be helpful in selecting an administrator and in providing advice after the administrator is selected."

Advisory Board Responsibilities
It is the intent of the PUC that the Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity without having day-to-day responsibilities for managing the fund. The responsibilities of the Board include:
  1. Assist and advise the PUC in the selection of an OUS administrator;
  2. Advise the administrator and the PUC regarding the effective operation of the OUS fund;
  3. Review OUS administration budgets, OUS contribution rate proposals, and various monthly OUS operating reports;
  4. Assist the administrator in reviewing and identifying irregularities in information provided on the OUS worksheets;
  5. Provide an interface between the administrator and telecommunications service providers to resolve problems or disputes and to recommend appropriate action; and
  6. Assist the PUC in evaluating the success of the OUS program.

Representation
The ten-member Board represents the following interests:
  • Three from incumbent telecommunications utilities;  
  • Three from competitive telecommunications service providers;
  • One from radio common carriers;
  • One from a consumer group representing residential customers;
  • One from among the business customers; and
  • One from the PUC staff.

Advisory Board Members

Member
Term Ending
INCUMBENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS UTILITIES
John Dillard
Monroe Telephone Company
Phone: (541) 847-5135
E-Mail: jtdillard@monroetel.com
December 31, 2017

Phil Grate 
CenturyLink
Phone: (206) 345-6224 
E-Mail: phil.grate@centurylink.com

Mike Whalen 
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative
Phone: (541) 929-3135 
E-Mail: MikeWhalen@Pioneer.net

December 31, 2019
 
 
 
 
December 31, 2018
 
COMPETITIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS
Allison Miller
LightSpeed Networks, Inc. 
Phone: (503) 414-0460
E-Mail: amiller@lsnetworks.net
December 31, 2018
Don Patten 
Monmouth Independence Networks (MINET) 
Phone: (503) 837-0700 
E-Mail: dpatten@minetfiber.com 

Krystal Stone
Astound Broadband, LLC 
Phone: (541) 264-2337 
E-Mail: kstone@coastcom.net
December 31, 2017




December 31, 2019
 
BUSINESS ADVISORY GROUP
Kenny Perkins
RTC Associates, LLC
Phone: (678) 436-5590
E-Mail: kperkins@rtcteam.net
December 31, 2018

 
RESIDENTIAL ADVISORY GROUP
Marsha Spellman
Converge Communications
Phone: (503) 997-1685
E-Mail: marsha@convergecomm.com
December 31, 2019
 
RADIO COMMON CARRIER GROUP
Brandi Sangster
Snake River PCS
Phone: (541) 893-6115
E-Mail: eagle@eagletelephone.com
December 31, 2019
 
 
PUC STAFF BOARD MEMBER
Roger White
Public Utility Commission of Oregon Staff
Phone: (503) 378-6371
E-Mail: roger.white@state.or.us
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