WTA Discusses Budget Control Mechanism with FCC

On May 28, WTA staff met with staff for FCC Commissioner Starks to discuss the continued impacts of the Budget Control Mechanism on RLECs receiving CAF-BLS support through the High Cost Program. WTA shared insights into the negative effects that some of its member companies will experience due to the proposed 8.59% reduction in CAF-BLS and HCLS support. Due to the effects it would have on the ability of the companies to deploy broadband, WTA supports the elimination of the BCM for the upcoming tariff cycle.