William Stucke was officially been confirmed as the new Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) councilor in parliament yesterday. Stucke was widely seen as the best candidate, partly because of his strong technical skills, something which the current ICASA council is sorely lacking.
Stucke is also a popular choice among consumers who feel that his in-depth telecoms knowledge and outspoken nature is what is required to jolt the regulator into action. When MyBroadband recently broke the news that Stucke was likely to become the new councilor, most commentators were very positive about the decision.
“I am impressed. William is definitely the right guy for the job,” said one forum member. Other comments included “This is awesome news! William is the right person for the job!” and “William is exactly what they need – someone with extensive technical knowledge and who’s not afraid to speak his mind.”
Stucke is a telecoms and Internet veteran, and has held numerous management positions in the local and African Internet space. He is a founding member of ISOC-ZA, and was Chairman of the organization for three years.
Stucke is a member of the Management Committee of ISPA (SA) and Treasurer. He chairs two of the ISPA Working Groups and participates in most of the others. He is also Chairman of AfrISPA, an organisation that he helped form. He further helped to form Namespace ZA and is currently a member of zaDNA.
Stucke will most likely resign from his positions at ISPA and AfrISPA, and will have to dispose of his personal telecoms interests (he owns an Internet Service Provider). It is not clear when Stucke will start at ICASA, but since the councilor position has been vacant for many months already the regulator may want Stucke to start as soon as possible.
William Stucke as ICASA councilor – discussion