In the executive order presented this morning by Governor Wanda Vázquez calling for an extraordinary session of the Puerto Rico legislature, La Fortaleza’s press secretary, Mariana Cobian, was appointed as associate commissioner of the country’s Telecommunications Bureau.
According to the Telecommunications Law of Puerto Rico, 213 of September 12, 1996, the NET (Puerto Rico Telecommunications Bureau) will be attached to the Public Service Regulatory Board and it will be composed of two associate commissioners and a commissioner who will be the president.
These commissioners will earn a salary equivalent to that of a superior judge of the Court of First Instance, which translates to $ 89,600 annually, according to Law 233 of 2004.
These appointments must be approved by the Senate of Puerto Rico.
The President and Associate Commissioners of the Board shall be appointed for a staggered fixed term. The first NET members appointed by virtue of the “Law for the Execution of the Reorganization Plan of the Public Service Regulatory Board” will be appointed as follows: The President will be appointed for a term of six (6) years and the Associate Commissioners They will be appointed for a term of four (4) and two (2) years respectively. Their successors will be appointed for a term of six (6) years. Any person chosen to fill a vacancy will be appointed only for the unexpired term of the term to whom he succeeds.
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The requirements to fill these positions is that they must be citizens of the United States and also meet some of the following requirements: a licensed engineer in Puerto Rico, preferably with a master’s or doctorate degree in engineering with at least ten (10) years of experience in the exercise of his profession that includes experience in the field of telecommunications, or a lawyer authorized to practice his profession with at least ten (10) years of experience in the exercise of his profession that includes experience in the field of telecommunications, or a professional with a master’s or doctoral degree in economics, planning or finance, or in related subjects in telecommunications matters, or a professional with a baccalaureate degree or with ten (10) years of experience in the field of telecommunications .
According to the Linked In profile of the Governor’s press secretary, Cobian worked from 1999 to 2017 as a journalist for the GFR Media company, in 2017 she became the press secretary of the Department of Justice where she was until 2019 passes to La Fortaleza after Wanda Vázquez became the first blanket for the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló.
In addition to Cobian, the first executive also appointed her secretary of public affairs, Osvaldo Soto, to the Office of the Comptroller and the defeated mayor of Ceiba, Angelo Cruz, Associate member of the Auction Board of the Puerto Rico General Services Administration. .