The workshop is scheduled for October 18th at FCC headquarters in Washington D.C. The open meeting includes representatives from across the industry, including large and small carriers, CLECs, NTCA, ANPI/ZONE, and others.
The contentious issue involves addressing a problem of calls not being completed to high-cost rural areas. NTCA has suggested that 80% of rural ILEC members they surveyed have experienced this problem, creating significant customer satisfaction issues. Other organizations including NECA, OPASTCO, and NARUC have chimed in as well.