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 Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Mike Romano, Senior Vice President-Policy, on behalf of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, spoke via telephone with Daniel Alvarez, legal advisor to Chairman Tom Wheeler and on April 10, 2014, he spoke with Julie Veach, Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, regarding the same matters; i.e. NTCA is encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to implement as soon as possible updates to the existing high-cost rules that strike an essential balance between preserving and advancing universal service in areas served by rural, rate-of-return-regulated local exchange carriers (“RLECs”).