Manuel was nominated by the Louisiana Police Jury Association for the position, as required by statute. He presently serves as president of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury and is a former state president.
The Broadband Advisory Council is an entity within the Governor’s Office of Rural Development that serves to develop and implement a plan to increase broadband access and usage throughout the state.
According to the statute, the council is comprised of 24 members, including the governor, the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Rural Development, the superintendent of the Department of Education, the commissioner of higher education, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development or their designees and the chief information officer of the state. Additionally, the speaker of the House of Representatives must appoint one representative who represents a rural area of the state and the president of the senate must appoint one senator who represents a rural area of the state. The remaining 16 members are gubernatorial appointments and include the following:
•One member from the Public Service Commission;
•One member selected from nominations submitted by the Louisiana Municipal Association;
•One member selected from nominations submitted by the Louisiana Police Jury Association;
•One member from the private sector selected from nominations submitted by electric utility companies doing business within the state;
•Three members from the private sector representing local telephone exchange carriers, of whom one must be from a predominant incumbent local exchange carrier, one must represent the Louisiana Telecommunications Association and one must represent a competitive local exchange carrier;
•Two members from the private sector representing satellite or wireless communications companies;
•Two members from the private sector representing cable communications companies;
•One member from the private sector representing a carrier whose predominant business is intrastate and/or interstate interexchange telecommunications services;
•One member from the private sector representing an internet service provider; and
•Three members from the private sector representing businesses located in rural areas that utilize advanced telecommunication and information services or need such services to further develop their businesses.
Other appointments to the council included Sally Clausen of Baton Rouge, Pat Credeur Jr. of Carencro, Ed Driesse of Baton Rouge, Dave Elder of Baton Rouge, Kurt Girlinghouse of Jena, Terry Huval of Lafayette, Stephen Moret of Baton Rouge and Toye Taylor of Bogalusa.