On Feb. 2, representatives from WTA met with staff from the offices of FCC Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners O’Rielly and Clyburn and the Wireline Competition Bureau. They also met with staff from the offices of Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai separately.
In the former meeting, much of the discussion revolved around RLEC service territory areas that have competitive overlap. WTA submitted a list of standards to which a competitor must adhere before being considered an “unsubsidized competitor” for the purpose of eliminating support to the RLEC in that area of the service territory.
In the meetings with Commissioner Pai and Rosenworcel’s staff, WTA not only discussed issues related to competitive overlap, but also the problems with reducing RLEC’s authorized rate of return and buildout requirements.
Notices of ex parte are available below: