​On December 19, NRECA, along with NTCA – the Rural Broadband Association, ACA Connects, and the Fiber Broadband Association, met with Chairman Pai's Office to discuss weighting and tiering structures for the rural digital opportunity fund auction and suggest increasing the spread of weights between tiers proposed in the NPRM. Failure to properly prioritize highspeed networks well above the baseline tier (25/3) will result in "antiquated" networks at the end of the ten year RDOF funding period. An ex parte letter regarding this meeting was filed on December 23.