Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates has been chosen to play a key role in the national conversation about telecommunications. Gates, who is a businessman, lawyer, and former Phoenix city councilman, will join the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) to the Federal Communications Commission.
The mission of the IAC is to “provide guidance, expertise, and recommendations to the Commission on a range of telecommunication issues for which local, state, and Tribal governments explicitly or inherently share responsibility or administration with the Commission.”
The IAC was recently expanded from 15 to 30 members to better represent the viewpoints of different parts of the country and all levels of government. Gates is one of two elected county officials on the committee. Gov. Doug Ducey has been appointed IAC chair. Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, joins Gates and Ducey on the committee.