Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 07-135; High-Cost Universal Service Support, WC Docket No. 05-337; Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime, CC Docket 01-92; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, CC Docket No. 96-45; Lifeline and Link-Up, WC Docket No. 03-109
On Thursday, September 29, 2011, the undersigned from the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (“NTCA”) met with Christine Kurth, Policy Director and Wireline Counsel to Commissioner Robert McDowell, to discuss matters related to the above-referenced proceedings.
NTCA urged the Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission”) to take prompt action to adopt the universal service fund (“USF”) and intercarrier compensation (“ICC”) reform plan (the “RLEC Plan”) that NTCA had previously submitted in cooperation with 35 other national, regional, and state rural telecom associations in these proceedings. See Comments of NTCA, et al. (filed April 18, 2011), at 7-38 and Attachments A and C; see also Ex Parte filing of NTCA (filed May 26, 2011). NTCA contrasted this detailed plan against the proposals and assertions filed by others who continue largely to fall back upon sweeping policy arguments and provide little, if any, detail on the specific workings or consequences of their positions