PUF: How did your experience lead you to this role?
Commissioner Everett: From other public service experiences. I began my career in Albany Georgia. I served first on the Zoning Board of Appeals; then on the Board of Tax Appeals; next on the Zoning and Planning Board, of which I was chairman; then on the City Commission, where I was Mayor Pro-Tempore for the City for two terms. I then served three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives. I am now a Public Service Commissioner, where I have been serving for over fifteen years.
PUF: Are issues different now than when you first arrived here?
Commissioner Everett: They are quite different, especially in telecommunications. When I first served in the PSC, telecommunications was changing rapidly. Everyone had land lines, and few had cell phones. Now, it has flipped. Everyone has cell phones and very few people have land lines.
The technology has changed and is changing drastically. In 1995, telecommunications was deregulated; thus, we now have very little regulation of telecommunications.