Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Files Comments on E-Rate Program

On March 18, 2019, NTCA filed comments regarding the E-Rate Program Amortization Requirement and Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries. NTCA stated that any elimination of the amortization requirement should be accompanied by "guardrails" to ensure that the E-Rate and High-Cost Programs work hand-in-hand to address the needs of rural communities.

NTCA and Rural Industry Associations Discuss Rate Floor and Performance Testing with staff From Chairman Pai's Office

On March 15, 2019, NTCA along with staff from USTelecom, ITTA, and WTA met with Preston Wise, Special Counsel to Chairman Ajit Pai. The parties discussed the need to ensure the rate floor policy does not harm rural consumers and the need for a reasonable path for implementation of universal service performance testing requirements.

NTCA Encourages FCC to Allow RLEC's to Choose Price Cap Regulation of TDM Transport Services

On March 11, 2019, NTCA filed reply comments with the FCC stating that the Commission adopted rules in an October 2018 Order that allow RLECs to elect incentive regulation of their BDS services in markets deemed competitive based on a market analysis conducted by the Commission for price cap carriers. NTCA noted the market analysis included only 78 markets that were served solely by RLECs. NTCA argued that the next logical step would be to use that same market analysis once again to allow RLECs to elect price cap regulation of their TDM transport services.

NTCA Discusses Rural Call Completion with staff from Commissioner O'Reilly and Commissioner Starks' Office

On March 7, 2019, Jill Canfield, NTCA Vice President of Legal, met with staff from Commissioner O'Reilly's office and Commissioner Starks' office to discuss Rural Call Completion. NTCA expressed concerns that the Draft Order lacks the specificity to ensure that all providers in a call path understand and comply with their obligations. NTCA would like to see more flexible methods for providers to manage call routing while helping to ensure calls would be completed to rural customers.

NTCA Discusses Spectrum Issues and T-Mobile Merger with staff from Chairman Pai and Commissioner Starks Office

On March 6, 2019, Jill Canfield, NTCA Vice President of Legal, met with Rachel Bender from Chairman Pai's office and William Davenport from Commissioner Starks' office to discuss the 2.5GHz and 3.7GHz spectrum auctions and to reiterated NTCA's opposition to the Sprint-T-Mobile merger.

NTCA Discusses Rural Call Completion with staff from Chairman Pai and Commissioner Rosenworcel's Office

On February 28, 2019 NTCA met with the FCC to discuss Rural Call Completion issues and expressed concerns that the Draft Order lacks the specificity to ensure that all providers in a call path understand and comply with their obligations. NTCA would like to see more flexible methods for providers to manage call routing while helping to ensure that calls would be completed to rural customers.