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Julia Johnson - Participant

In 2001, Mrs. Johnson founded Net Communications, which she serves as President and CEO.  With five offices nationwide and a staff of lawyers and policy professionals, Net Communications is one of the nation’s leading public policy and advocacy firms serving the telecommunications, advanced technology, water and energy industries.

Mrs. Johnson has unparalleled experience in regulatory policy, public affairs, media relations, and advancing diversity.  She has served as Chair of the Florida Public Service Commission, the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, and the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age.  In September 2011, Mrs. Johnson was elected Chair of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.

Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Public Service Commission for two consecutive terms from 1992-1999 where she served as Chairman from 1997-1999.  She also served as the State Chair of the Federal/State Joint Board on Universal Service.

In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mrs. Johnson as the Chairperson of Florida’s Internet Taskforce.  In that capacity she served as key advisor to the Governor and the Florida Legislature on issues related to free-market development and beneficial use of advanced communications networks and information technologies.

In 2003, Mrs. Johnson was appointed by FCC Chairman Michael Powell as the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. In 2007, Speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Tax and Budget Reform Committee. 

Mrs. Johnson serves on the following boards: FirstEnergy (FE) a diversified energy company which includes the nation's largest investor-owned electric system serving six million customers and a diverse generating fleet; American Water (AWK), the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company in the United States which serves more than 15.6 million people in the US and in Canada; MasTec (MTZ), a $2 billion end-to-end voice, video, data, and energy infrastructure solution provider; and Northwestern Energy Company (NWE), one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the northwest quadrant of the United States.

Mrs. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Mrs. Johnson serves as Chairwoman for Communications Policy Development and Outreach for the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, and as the Chairwoman of Emerging Issues Policy Forum, where she hosts energy, communications and information technology public policy forums at which industry CEOs and state and federal regulators discuss and debate emerging industry and regulatory issues.



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