Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90; High-Cost Universal Service Support, WC Docket No. 05-337; AT&T Petition to Launch a Proceeding Concerning the TDM-to-IP Transition; Petition of NTCA for a Rulemaking to Promote and Sustain the Ongoing TDM-to-IP Evolution, GN Docket No. 12-353; Technology Transitions Policy Task Force, GN Docket No. 13-5
On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Mike Romano, Senior Vice President-Policy, on behalf of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (“NTCA”), met with Daniel Alvarez, Legal Advisor to Chairman Tom Wheeler, to discuss matters in the above-referenced proceedings. Specifically, the issue discussed was the need for updates to universal service mechanisms so that consumers in high-cost areas served by rural rate-of-return-regulated local exchange carriers can obtain affordable access to sustainable broadband.