RDUPRural Development, Utilities Programs (USDA)
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Regarding the RDUP program, Tagliapietra said that a PCCA delegation met with RDUP officials and ACE members in August for a frank exchange of experiences and opinions.
The RDUP Task Force will continue its work on contract revisions with a report due in August.
The RDUP delegation included Gary Badlaw from the USDA's Office of the General Counsel, who is leading the rewrite effort; Broadband Division Director Ken Kuchno; Broadband Engineering Branch Chief Farwa Baqvi; RDUP Deputy Director Shawn Arner; and engineers from both the telecom and broadband divisions.
Participating from PCCA were RDUP Task Force Chair Kevin Mason, ElectriCom; PCCA President Herb Fluharty of Mears Group; PCCA Past President Steve Spears of Bonneville Construction; and PCCA member Greg Spalj, an attorney with Fabayanske Westra Hart & Thomson.
However, RDUP leadership and staff have undergone many changes in recent years and once the RDUP personnel shuffle was complete, contact with the agency was reestablished."
The chief of the RDUP telecom program, Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk, attended PCCA's midyear meeting and provided an overview of the RDUP program and the legislative and regulatory actions that affect it.
Ponti-Lazaruk also summarized recent broadband trends and how they can affect RDUP programs and expressed her eagerness to work with PCCA on a variety of issues.