11.15.12 FCC ex parte - USTA_CTIA_NTCA_meeting with FCC Bureau Staffs on tribal engagement re WC 10-90 et al
Connect America Fund; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers; High-Cost Universal Service Support; Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service; Lifeline and Link-Up; Universal Service Reform – Mobility Fund, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135,05-337, 03-109, CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45, GN Docket No. 09- 51, WT Docket No. 10-208
On November 15, 2012, Scott Bergmann of CTIA-The Wireless Association (CTIA), David Cohen of the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom), Jill Canfield of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) ("Associations"), Malena Barzilai of Windstream, Cathy Carpino of AT&T, Melissa Newman of CenturyLink, Alan Buzacott of Verizon, Grant Spellmeyer of US Cellular, Dennis Lawson of Golden West Telecommunications, and (by phone) Michael Skrivan of FairPoint, Christopher Nierman of GCI, Larry Lueck of Cellcom and Jim Ucci of SouthernLINC ("Industry Group"), met with Alex Minard of the Wireline Competition Bureau, Margaret Weiner, Susan McNeil, William Huber and Patricia Robbins of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Irene Flannery, Robert Finley and Geoffrey Blackwell of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to discuss tribal engagement issues raised by the USF/ICC Transformation Order1 and the Further Guidance on Tribal Government Engagement Obligation Provisions of the Connect America Fund ("Further Guidance"). The issues discussed were raised in the Petition for Reconsideration and Clarification of USTelecom in the above-captioned proceeding and supported by comments filed in that proceeding by several members of the industry group.