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 Monday, October 17, 2011, Michael Romano, on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, together with John Rose and Stuart Polikoff of the Organization of the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies, Derrick Owens of the Western Telecommunications Alliance, and Jeff Dupree of the National Exchange Carrier Association (collectively, the “Rural Representatives” or “Rural Associations”) had three meetings at the Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission”) to discuss matters related to the above-referenced proceedings. The first meeting was with Christine Kurth, Policy Director and Wireline Counsel to Commissioner McDowell. The second meeting was with Angela Kronenberg, Wireline Legal Advisor to Commissioner Clyburn. The third meeting was with Margaret McCarthy, Wireline Policy Advisor to Commissioner Copps.
During the 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.