Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite Named Vice-Chair of FCC Committee

MARKSVILLE, LA – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana has announced Chairman Marshall Pierite as Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) under the U.S. Federal Communications Committee (FCC).

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the committee, emphasizing the importance of the advisory panel as it provides guidance, expertise and recommendations to the FCC on telecommunications issues affecting local, county, state and tribal governments. Chairman Pierite will serve on the IAC alongside other elected officials of municipal, county, state and tribal governments.

“My greatest passion is and always has been boosting tribal communities in every possible way,” said Chairman Pierite. “I am proud to serve as Vice-Chair on the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and hopefully bring to light and find solutions to an array of broadband, connectivity and other telecommunication problems the Native American and historically rural communities face.”

“These local, county, state, and tribal leaders offer the commission valuable perspectives on how we can work together to connect the American people,” said Rosenworcel. “I thank the committee members for their willingness to serve and I look forward to their input.”

The FCC recently announced the reauthorization of the IAC and sought nominations for membership to the committee, which will operate for two years. It is an official advisory committee made up of members appointed by Rosenworcel who, together as a body, make recommendations to the FCC on issues related to increasing deployment and adoption of broadband services and any other task necessary to help local, state, and tribal government officials clarify or explain FCC rules and policies to their constituents and other members of the public.

The IAC will welcome 30 new and returning members, including Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II who will lead the IAC. The first IAC meeting will be held on April 18, 2024.