Mr. Jorge Bauermeister is a former Commissioner of the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s agency in charge of establishing and enforcing the island’s telecommunications and cable television public policies.
During his tenure as a commissioner, he was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Telecommunications, International Relations and Consumer Affairs Committees. In 2005, he was appointed by President Marilyn Showalter as Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee.
In May 2005, he was appointed to NARUC’s Eligible Telecommunications Carrier Task Force, a group of four commissioners charged with drafting a document that served as a guideline to states in the implementation of new rules established by the FCC. In 2004, he was appointed to NARUC’s Legislative Task Force, a group charged with drafting language to be included in the rewrite of the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act. In August 2003, he was appointed as NARUC’s representative to the FCC’s TRS Interstate Advisory Council. This council advises the TRS Interstate Fund Administrator (NECA) on how to best collect and distribute these funds to make telecommunications more accessible to the hearing-impaired community. Before entering public service, he was involved in private practice in the commercial, labor and telecommunications law fields. In late 2002, he was appointed by NARUC’s leadership as a member of NARUC’s FCC Telecommunications-Related Task Force, a group of ten commissioners that are charged with direct interaction with the FCC in several key dockets currently pending adjudication.
He graduated from Rutgers University in 1991, receiving an undergraduate degree with a double major in Political Science and Latin American Studies. After college, Commissioner Bauermeister served as Special Assistant on Federal Affairs for the then President of the Senate, Hon. Miguel Hernandez Agosto. In 1995, he received his J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law where he actively participated in the School’s Law Review.
In August 2005, Mr. Bauermeister opened up his private practice in San Juan, Puerto Rico, focusing on telecommunications, cable and Internet law. He has been a guest speaker in local and national forums including the United States Congress and the Computer Law Associations’ meetings in Washington D.C.