PUC chairman Nelson to serve on national board

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Public Utilities Commission chairman Chris Nelson has been appointed to a national board.

The Federal Communications Commission selected Nelson for the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Nelson was nominated for the appointment by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Nelson is one of four state utility regulators on the joint board, which also includes delegates from the FCC and a consumer advocate representative.

The board is charged with making recommendations to the FCC related to federal universal service policies. Those policies include the Connect America Fund for rural areas, Lifeline for low-income customers, E-rate for schools and libraries and rural health care.

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