Today on October 31st the Consumer Advisory Committee announced the renewal of the appointment of members. Digital Liberty Executive Katie McAuliffe was appointed to a second term so serve on the committee.
The mission of the Committee is to make recommendations to the Commission regarding consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and to facilitate the participation of consumers (including underserved populations, such as Native Americans, persons living in rural areas, older persons, people with disabilities, and persons for whom English is not their primary language) in proceedings before the Commission. The Committee may consider issues including, but not limited to, the following topics:
· Consumer protection and education;
· Implementation of Commission rules and consumer participation in the FCC rulemaking process; and,
· The impact of new and emerging communication technologies (including availability and affordability of broadband service and Universal Service programs).
The duties of the Committee include providing guidance to the Commission, gathering data and information, and performing those analyses that are necessary to respond to the questions or matters before it.