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FCC Ex Parte on USF with Jennifer Schneider, Commissioner Copps’ Wireline Legal Advisor

Submission Date: 
Ms. Marlene Dortch
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

Re: American Cable Association ("ACA") Notice of Ex Parte Presentation; GN Docket Nos. 09-47, 09-51, 09-137

Dear Ms. Dortch:

Pursuant to Section 1.1206 of the Commission's rules, we are electronically filing this letter in the dockets referenced above as notice of a January 5, 2010, meeting with Jennifer Schneider, Commissioner Copps' Wireline Legal Advisor, and the following persons:

Matthew M. Polka, President and Chief Executive Officer, ACA
Ross J. Lieberman, Vice President of Government Affairs, ACA
Bruce E. Beard, Cinnamon Mueller, Outside Counsel for ACA

During the meeting, participants discussed the matters contained in ACA's filing in the Role of the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation in the National Broadband Plan. (1)

ACA explained its proposal for reforming and evolving the Universal Service Fund Program to provide for broadband. ACA representatives discussed capping the fund at the December 31, 2009 level, concepts regarding ways to reform the USF to reduce funding in competitive areas where it is no longer needed, and using the savings from such reforms to fund a broadband fund. ACA representatives also discussed continued funding for current wireline eligible telecom carriers with fewer than 100,000 lines unless they decided to draw from the newly created broadband fund. ACA emphasized that broadband support should be efficient and non-discriminatory, where one industry segment is not favored over another and one technology is not favored over another.


Bruce E. Beard

cc: Jennifer Schneider (via email)
Matthew M. Polka
Ross J. Lieberman

(1) See Comments Sought on the Role of the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation in the National Broadband Plan, Public Notice, GN Dockets 09-47, 09-51, 09-137 (rel. Nov. 13, 2009), Comments of the American Cable Association (filed Dec. 7, 2009).

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