I don’t know how many times I have started an article with something like, “We are getting close to having a diverse board for SMS/800,” but, we are getting close to having a diverse board for SMS/800. According to the nomination committee, all the nominations have been submitted and the committee is in the process of asking some follow-up questions of the nominees to complete the vetting process. It is anticipated the vetting will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
It has been three years since a small group of us went to the FCC and talked about expanding the membership of the SMS/800 board. There have been some hiccups along the way and many, many delays, but that is in the past. After all my involvement, I am really anxious to see who the candidates are and what views he or she has on the future of the toll free industry. I am confident that everyone’s hard work and patience will pay off in a fresh perspective and new opportunities for all of us.