Federal Filings and Ex Parte

Industry Partners Meet to Discuss RDOF with Chairman Pai's Office

On December 19, 2019, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, along with ACA Connects-America's Communications Association, the Fiber Broadband Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association met with Preston Wise, rural broadband advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). The group stated although each of the parties has proposed slightly different weighting and tiering structures for the RDOF auction, each share an interest in maximizing participation in the upcoming auction from bidders across all tiers of service as well as an effective use of the available budget to advance the mission of universal service.

NTCA Addresses Lifeline Link-Up Reform with FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau

On December 17, 2019, NTCA met with staff from the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau to discuss Lifeline and Link-Up Reform. NTCA discussed options to implement requirements that ask for the submission of personally identifiable information by employees of NTCA members in connection with the Lifeline Representative Accountability Database. NTCA supports any efforts that address concerns about fraud in the use of universal service resources but asked for some level of differentiated treatment between employees of eligible telecommunications carriers and independent contractors or agents in collection such information.

NTCA meets with the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Economics and Analytics on RDOF

On December 17, 2019, NTCA met with staff from the Federal Communication Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Economics and Analytics to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. NTCA expressed concern that the current weighting proposals for the RDOF will fall shorts of achieving reasonable comparability and urged the Commission to take stock of the current marketplace data and reasonably foreseeable trends in broadband networking and usage in establishing tiers and corresponding weights for the RDOF auction.

NTCA Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction with Commissioner Starks Office

On December 13, 2019, NTCA's Mike Romano met with Austin Bonner, legal advisor to Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund ("RDOF"). NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF auction and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a more reasonable comparability. NTCA also discussed the steps the Commission should take to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.

NTCA Addresses RDOF Auction Concerns with Commissioner Rosenworcel's Office

On December 11, 2019, Mike Romano met with Travis Litman, senior legal advisor, wireline and public safety, for Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction. NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF auction and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a reasonable comparability and urged the Commission to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.

NTCA meets with Commissioner Geoffrey Starks on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction

On December 9, 2019, NTCA CEO, Shirley Bloomfield, and Senior VP of Industry Affairs, Mike Romano met with Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and his legal advisor, Austin Bonner to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund ("RDOF"). NTCA noted the Commission needs to recognize the value of better service capabilities and symmetrical services in the RDOF auction and the importance of promoting greater accountability.

NTCA addresses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction with Commissioner Michael O'Reilly

On December 4, 2019, Mike Romano met with Commissioner Michael O'Reilly and his legal advisor, Arielle Roth to discuss the weighting needed to recognize the values of relative speeds and symmetrical services in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund ("RDOF") auction and highlighted the importance of greater accountability prior to bids and following the awards.

NTCA meets with Commissioner Carr's Office to discuss RDOF Auction

On December 4, 2019, Mike Romano met with Joseph Calascione, legal advisor to Commissioner Carr to discuss the RDOF auction. NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a more reasonable comparability. NTCA also discussed the steps the Commission should take to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.

NTCA addresses the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction with Chairman Pai's Office

On December 3, 2019, Mike Romano met with Preston Wise, rural broadband advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai to discuss the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction. NTCA expressed concerns with the current weighting proposals for the RDOF and offered comments to ensure the auction will promote a more reasonable comparability. NTCA also discussed the steps the Commission should take to ensure greater accountability in the use of RDOF distributions.