COLUMBIA — A South Carolina utility regulator has been appointed to the board of the nonprofit organization responsible for expanding telephone service to rural and poor areas.

The Public Service Commission said in a news release this week that Randy Mitchell had been appointed to fill the state commission’s seat on the Universal Service Administrative Company’s board.

That organization is responsible for expanding affordable telecommunications service to rural and poor areas through the Universal Service Fund. All phone users pay into that fund on their monthly bills.

Mitchell was elected to the Public Service Commission in 1998 and represents the Upstate area.