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 Friday, October 14, 2011, Michael Romano, on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (“NTCA”), met with Christine Kurth, Policy Director and Wireline Counsel for Commissioner Robert McDowell. During the meeting, we 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. He discussed implementation of USF and ICC reforms consistent with the plan filed by NTCA and other associations on April 18, 2011, as updated by the “Consensus Framework” joint letter submitted on July 29, 2011 (the “RLEC Plan”). See Comments of NTCA, et al. (filed April 18, 2011), at 7-36, 61-74, and Appendices A and C; Ex Parte Letter from US Telecom (filed July 29, 2011).