10.18.11 Ex Parte, Rural Reps met with Carol Mattey, et al., re Proposals for Reform of Existing USF
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 Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Joshua Seidemann and Michael Romano on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, together with John Rose and Stuart Polikoff of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies, Derrick Owens on behalf of the Western Telecommunications Alliance, Paul Cooper from Fred Williamson Associates, Robert DeBroux from TDS Telecommunications Corporation, Jeff Smith from GVNW, Steve Meltzer from John Staurulakis, Inc., Mark Gailey of Totah Communications, Larry Thompson of Vantage Point Solutions, and Jim Frame and Jeff Dupree of the National Exchange Carrier Association (collectively, the “Rural Representatives”) met with Carol Mattey, Michael Steffen, Al Lewis, Gary Seigel, Katie King, and Patrick Halley. Messrs. Smith, Meltzer, Gailey, and Frame participated via telephone.
In the meeting, the Rural Representatives discussed potential avenues and proposals for reform of existing universal service fund (“USF”) mechanisms through adoption of an order in the above-referenced proceedings.