On August 30, 2019, Mike Romano talked with Nicholas Degani and Nirali Patel from Chairman Ajit Pai's office on the FCC proposed changes to eliminate access arbitrage. NTCA noted that any change to the definition of access stimulation must be structured carefully to ensure that smaller rural operators do not become embroiled in disputes and self-help measures by larger carriers due to traffic imbalances that have no relationship whatsoever to access stimulation. NTCA supports the efforts to eliminate arbitrage of the intercarrier system by the Commission but highlighted that any effort should take care to prevent unintended harms to LEC's.
Updating the Intercarrier Compensation Regime to Eliminate Access Arbitrage, WC Docket No. 18-155