On November 28, 2016, Jonathan Banks and B. Lynn Follansbee of USTelecom – The Broadband Association, met with Claude Aiken, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Clyburn. On the same date, Lynn Follansbee had a separate telephone conversation with Nick Degani, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Pai. Both conversations focused on the issue of the oversubscription of the A-CAM.
USTelecom reiterated its call to fully fund the USF program and in particular the need to fully fund the A-CAM. USTelecom urged the Commission to consider that it has an opportunity to achieve maximum broadband deployment in high-cost portions of Rural America and that it should seize this opportunity by providing the necessary funding. Parties discussed the need to continue the momentum garnered in the proceeding thus far this year and continue with the implementation process by adequately funding the program.