Federal Filings and Ex Parte

NTCA Meets with FCC Wireline Advisors to Express Support for USF Draft Order

On November 27, 2018, Mike Romano, NTCA Senior Vice President of Policy, met with Arielle Roth, wireline legal advisor and Kagen Depain, legal intern, from the office of Commissioner Michael O'Rielly; Jamie Susskind, chief of staff for Commissioner Brendan Carr; and Travis Litman, chief of staff for Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to express support for the draft order in respect to the universal service fund (USF). NTCA mentioned the draft order as currently written would take substantial steps toward the fulfillment of statutory mandates with respect to predictability and promote the effectiveness of existing USF support mechanisms.

NTCA Discusses Connect America Fund with Suzanne Yelen of the Wireline Competition Bureau

On November 19, 2018, Mike Romano, NTCA Senior Vice President, spoke with Suzanne Yelen of the Wireline Competition Bureau about Connect America Fund issues. NTCA discussed the establishment of robust but reasonable build-out obligations for companies receiving federal high-cost universal service fund support.

NTCA Files Comments on Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act

On November 16, 2018, NTCA filed comments to the Wireline Competition Bureau in regards to Section 889 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. NTCA members are committed to well-target proposals to address threats within the telecommunications supply chain and understand the important role they play in protecting public safety and integrity of the telecommunications network.

NTCA Files Reply Comments on Methods of Reporting for Connect America Fund Auction Winners

On November 13, 2018, NTCA filed reply comments to the Commission's Public Notice regarding methods of reporting for Connect America Fund II (CAF II) auction winners. NTCA supports allowing CAF II auction winners to utilize any or all of the methods recognized by USAC for establishing locations and that any methods should be data driven, verifiable and rely upon already well-established third-party resources.

NTCA Discusses Unlawful Robocalls with Zenji Nakazawa, Public Safety Advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai

On November 13, 2018, NTCA's Brian Ford spoke with Zenji Nakazawa, Public Safety and Consumer Protection Advisor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai regarding methods to target and eliminate unlawful robocalls. NTCA discussed ways the Commission could reduce the incidence of a consumers receiving calls that are unwanted to reassigned telephone numbers.

NTCA CEO, Shirley Bloomfield Discusses High-Cost USF Support with Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

On November 9, 2018, Shirley Bloomfield, and Mike Romano, met with Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and her chief of staff, Travis Litman to discuss ongoing concerns in regards to the sufficiency and predictability of federal high-cost universal service fund (USF) support. NTCA encouraged the FCC to adopt and implement a straightforward set of reforms to the already-existing USF mechanisms that will promote effective and responsible use of USF resources.

NTCA Files Opposition to Petitions for Reconsideration regarding Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment

On November 9, 2018, NTCA filed Opposition to Petitions for Reconsideration regarding Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment. NTCA comments reflect the need for NTCA members to access utility poles at reasonable terms and conditions to provide new and upgraded communications to rural consumers.

NTCA Discusses CAF II Auction with staff from Chairman Pai's Office

On November 9, 2018, NTCA's Mike Romano met with Preston Wise, special counsel to Chairman Ajit Pai to discuss next steps with the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. NTCA welcomed the efforts of the FCC to explore ways of promoting deployment of quality voice and broadband services in rural areas. NTCA noted that reasonable accountability remains essential to promoting effective use of high-cost USF support.