08.11.17 NTCA meeting with J. Schwarz, wireline advisor to Chairman Pai, re high-cost USF support, WC 10-90
Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90
On Friday, August 11, 2017, Michael Romano, Senior Vice President-Industry Affairs & Business Development, on behalf of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (“NTCA”), met with Jay Schwarz, wireline advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai. NTCA raised the need to address the shortfall in high-cost universal service fund (“USF”) support that is undermining the intended effectiveness of recent reforms to the USF programs. After addressing the issue of the budget shortfall, NTCA then proceeded to discuss potential solutions.