12.04.13 FCC Ex Parte - South Dakota Carriers meet with Commissioners' Staff re Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries, WC 13-184
Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries, WC Docket No. 13-184
On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Michael Romano, Senior Vice President - Poicy, on behalf of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (“NTCA”), together with Richard Coit of the South Dakota Telecommunications Association, Denny Law, General Manager of Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative in Wall, South Dakota, Randy Houdek, General Manager of Venture Communications Cooperative in Highmore, South Dakota, and Brian Ford of NTCA, held five separate meetings with: (1) Nicholas Degani, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Ajit Pai; (2) Michael Steffen of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and James Bachtell, Soumitra Das, David Strickland, Lisa Hone, and Mark Walker of the Wireline Competition Bureau; (3) Christi Barnhart, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel; (4) Amy Bender, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, and (5) Daniel Alvarez, Legal Advisor to Chairman Tom Wheeler. The parties discussed their views on proposed reforms to the Universal Service Fund (“USF”) Schools and Libraries (“E-rate”) Program.