Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 07-135; High-Cost Universal Service Support, WC Docket No. 05-337; Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime, CC Docket No. 01-92; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, CC Docket No. 96-45; Lifeline and Link-Up, WC Docket No. 03-109; Universal Service Reform – Mobility Fund, WT Docket No. 10-208
On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Mark Benton of Midstate Communications, Richard Coit of the South Dakota Telecommunications Association, Randy Houdek of Venture Communications Cooperative, and Denny Law of Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, together with Michael Romano, Senior Vice President -Policy, on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association ("NTCA"), met separately with Christine Kurth, Policy Director and Wireline Counsel to Commissioner Robert McDowell, and with Priscilla Argeris, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, regarding the regression analysis-based caps on universal service support and the need for a Connect America Fund for rural rate-of-return regulated incumbent local exchange carriers ("RLECs") with respect to the above-referenced proceedings.