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 20, 2011, Shirley Bloomfield 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, and Gerry Duffy and Robert DeBroux on behalf of the Western Telecommunications Alliance (collectively, the “Rural Association Representatives”) met with Chairman Julius Genachowski, Edward Lazarus, Zachary Katz, and Michael Steffen.
In the meeting, the Rural Association 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.