On January 6, 2020, NTCA and ACA Connects responded to a recent Ex Parte filed by USTelecom that argued for lower upstream speeds in the proposed Rural Digital Opportunity Fund 100 Mbps performance tier. NTCA and ACA Connects asked the Commission to reject USTelecom's proposal countering it is inconsistent in the Commissions goal of using universal service funding to close the digital divide. NTCA's letter highlighted several reasons why USTelecom's proposal does not reflect the best course of action in developing the RDOF auction and voiced concerns their proposal would be a deterrent to broadband deployment in rural America.
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, WC Docket No. 19-126; Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90