Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, Michael Romano, Senior Vice President-Industry Affairs & Business Development, on behalf of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (“NTCA”), met separately with Jay Schwarz, legal advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai, and Kristen Harris, intern in the Chairman’s office; Claude Aiken, legal advisor to Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; and Amy Bender, legal advisor to Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, to discuss matters in the above-referenced proceeding. In each meeting, NTCA discussed a series of “punchlist” items that are necessary to ensure that high-cost universal service fund (“USF”) reforms previously adopted will function as intended and comport with the statutory mandates governing universal service. The conversations also discussed Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase 2 competitive bidding structures.