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; Universal Service Reform – Mobility Fund; WT Docket No. 10-208
On Thursday, December 8, 2011, Jim Frame from the National Exchange Carrier Association, Stuart Polikoff from the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies, Robert DeBroux from TDS Telecom, and the undersigned on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (collectively, the "Rural Representatives") met with Carol Mattey, Amy Bender, Patrick Halley, and James Eisner of the Wireline Competition Bureau (the "Bureau") to discuss matters relating to the above-referenced proceedings.
Specifically, the Rural Representatives addressed the calculation of the national average cost per loop for purposes of High-Cost Loop support ("HCLS"), as affected by the regression analysis-based investment and operating expense caps adopted in the recent Order.