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, Shirley Bloomfield, 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, and Robert DeBroux from TDS Telecommunications Corporation (collectively, the “Rural Representatives”) met with Zachary Katz, Sharon Gillett, Carol Mattey, Amy Bender, Victoria Goldberg, Rebekah Goodheart, Patrick Halley, Marcus Maher, and Michael Steffen. Ms. Bloomfield participated via telephone.
In the meeting, 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.