10.27.17 Premier Communications COO Ryan Boone meets with FCC Advisors on hight-cost USF support shortfalls, WC 10-90, et al
Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90; Modernizing the FCC Form 477 Data Program, WC Docket No. 11-10; Petition of NTCA and USTelecom Association for Targeted, Temporary Forbearance Pursuant to 47 U.S.C.§160(c),WC Docket Nos. 17-206 and 06-122
On Friday, October 27, 2017, Michael Romano, Senior Vice President-Industry Affairs & Business Development, on behalf of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (“NTCA”), and Ryan Boone, Chief Operating Officer of Premier Communications, met separately with: (1) Jay Schwarz, wireline advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai, and Brian McDonald, intern in the Chairman’s office; (2) Jamie Susskind, chief of staff and legal advisor to Commissioner Brendan Carr; and (3) Travis Litman, chief of staff and senior legal advisor to Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
In each meeting, Romano and Ryan highlighted the need to address the shortfalls in high-cost universal service fund (“USF”) support that are undermining the intended effectiveness of the USF programs as reformed last year.