In the Matter of 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, October 13, 2011, the undersigned, on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, together with Stuart Polikoff of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies, Derrick Owens and Gerry Duffy on behalf of the Western Telecommunications Alliance, Jim Frame and Jeff Dupree from the National Exchange Carrier Association, Larry Thompson from Vantage Point Solutions, Douglas Meredith from John Staurulakis, Inc., Jeff Smith from GVNW, Paul Cooper from Fred Williamson Associates, Mark Gailey from Totah Communications, and Robert DeBroux from TDS Telecommunications Corporation (collectively, the "Rural Representatives") met in two separate meetings with the following representatives of the Wireline Competition Bureau: (1) Sharon Gillett, Carol Mattey, Gary Siegel, Patrick Halley, Katie King, and Amy Bender; and (2) Rebekah Goodheart, Al Lewis, Doug Slotten, Randy Clarke, Victoria Goldberg, and Travis Littman. Michael Steffen from the Office of General Counsel also attended both meetings. Messrs. Meredith, Smith, Gailey, and Frame participated via telephone.
In the two meetings, the Rural Representatives discussed potential avenues and proposals for reform of existing universal service fund ("USF") and intercarrier compensation ("ICC") mechanisms through adoption of an order in the above-referenced proceedings.