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Up Coming Events

April 3-5, 2016 - Carolina-Virginia Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) NC Telecom Expo Pinehurst, North Carolina

April 10-13 2016 - Western Telecom Alliance (WTA) Advocates for Rural Broadband Spring Meeting Hutton Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

April 12-14 2016 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Spring Symposium(1) Sable Oaks Marriott, South Portland, Maine

April 26-27 2016 - Indiana Broadband and Technology Association (IBTA) Spring Meeting Cambria Suites, Noblesville, Indiana

April 27-28 2016 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Spring Conference(3) Penn State Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

May 3-4 2016 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan PoliTECH 2016 Radisson Hotel, Lansing, Michigan

May 10-12 2016 - North Dakota Telephone Association (NDTA) Telecom Operation Tri-State Conference (TOC) Holiday Inn, Fargo, North Dakota

May 16-18 2016 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telecommunications Association (WITA) Joint Annual Meeting Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington

May 23-25 2016 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Annual Meeting Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood, Alaska

May 23-26 2016 - Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA) 106th Annual Convention Grand Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

May 23-24 2016 - Nebraska Telecommunications Association (NTA) Spring Conference Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln, Nebraska

May 24-26 2016 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Spring 2016 Conference Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Santa Fe, New Mexico

May 25-27 2016 - Kentucky Telecom Association (KTA) Annual Meeting Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky

May 31-June 2 2016 - Louisiana Telecommunications Association (LTA) Summer Workshop Baton Rouge, Louisiana

May 31-June 2 2016 - Ohio Telecom Association (OTA) Annual Convention 121st Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio

June 5-7 2016 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington

June 5-8 2016 - Oklahoma Telephone & Arkansas Telecommunications Association Annual Conference Marriott Downtown, Little Rock, Arkansas

June 6-8 2016 - Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA) Annual Meeting and Conventions Cool Springs Marriott, Franklin, Tennessee

June 6-8 2016 - New York State Telephone Association (NYSTA) Annual Convention Lake Placid, New York

June 12-14 2016 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Annual Convention Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Springfield, Illinois

June 16-18 2016 - Carolinas-Virginias Telephone Membership Asssociation (CVTMA) Annual Conference Myrtle Beach Marriott, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

June 25-28 2016 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 94th Annual Meeting Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

June 26-28 2016 - Tri-State TCI (SC, NC, VA) Technology Conference hosted by VTIA Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia


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April 2016, Volume 162           Serving the Industry for over 58 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

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ASSOCIATION NEWS

This month's NTA Associate of the Month is AFL Global!
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INDUSTRY NEWS

USAC Files Federal USF Quarterly Contribution Base for Second Quarter 2016

     USAC filed its Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Quarterly Contribution Base for Second Quarter 2016 on March 1, 2016. The total projected collected interstate and international end-user revenue base to be used in determining the contribution factor for the USF Support Mechanism for 2Q 2016 is $14,737,051,873, down from $14,928,528,139 from the previous quarter. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/02/2016]

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FCC NEWS

RoR USF Reform Order Adopted

     The FCC issued a Report and Order, Order, Order on Reconsideration, and FNPRM on March 30, 2016, reforming the universal service support program for rate-of-return carriers. The Order creates two paths for RoR carrier USF support: a model-based option, and a Broadband Loop Support mechanism that will provide support for stand-alone broadband and replace ICLS. Neither type of support will be provided in census blocks where an unsubsidized competitor offers qualifying service. The Order contains broadband deployment milestones, service performance requirements, OpEx and CapEx limitations, as well as budget controls to maintain the $2 billion per year budget. The Order also reduces the allowable rate of return from the current 11.25 percent to 9.75 percent, with a phased transition. The FNPRM seeks comments on: expenses and cost allocations for ratemaking and USF support purposes; methods for reducing support in competitive areas; increasing support for RoR carriers in tribal lands and unserved areas; measures to improve the operation of the current rate-of-return system; and streamlining ETC annual reporting requirements. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/08/2016]

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FCC Circulating Lifeline Reform Order

     The FCC announced that Chairman Wheeler, working closely with Commissioner Clyburn, is circulating an Order to modernize the Lifeline program, which will be voted on by the full Commission at the March 31, 2016 Open Meeting. Among other things, the proposed Order: allows Lifeline support to be used for stand-alone mobile or fixed broadband Internet access service; provides a streamlined, nationwide entry for a new category of providers, called Lifeline Broadband Providers; establishes a National Eligibility Verifier as a neutral third-party entity that removes the opportunity for providers to enroll ineligible subscribers; refines the list of federal programs that may be used to validate Lifeline eligibility to those that support electronic validation, are most accountable, and best identify people needing support; and sets a budget of $2.25 billion. The FCC also issued another summary of the proposed Order. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/08/2016]

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CC Communications Supports Tribal Broadband Factor

     CC Communications, 3 Rivers Communications and WTA met with Commissioner O'Rielly's Legal Advisor on March 15, 2016, to express support for NTTA's proposed tribal broadband factor. WTA emphasized that carriers in addition to tribal telephone authorities, such as 3 Rivers Communications and CC Communications, also serve tribal lands and are interested in participating in a TBF mechanism. WTA also expressed support for a temporary waiver of CapEx and OpEx limitations on carriers serving tribal lands while the tribal broadband factor is under consideration in the further rulemaking. They also met with Commissioner Rosenworcel's Legal Advisor to discuss the same issues. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/21/2016]

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NARUC Says Proposed Lifeline Order Undermines State ETC Designation Authority

     NARUC spoke with Commissioner Clyburn's Chief of Staff on March 23, 2016, to discuss the arguments raised in the letter it and 96 state commissioners filed on March 21, 2016, which asserted the FCC's proposal to establish an optional federal ETC broadband Lifeline designation process would eliminate crucial state oversight of Lifeline services. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/25/2016]

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Releases Internet Report

     Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report on February 29, 2016, entitled Regulating the Internet: How the White House Bowled Over FCC Independence. Sen. Johnson asserted the report details how the FCC arrived at its decision to regulate the Internet like a public utility only after the President called for this regime and how, in the process, career FCC staff raised serious administrative law questions about the shift. Commissioners Pai and O'Rielly released statements on the report. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/02/2016]

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House OKs bill protecting more small ISPs from Open Internet Order

     The House unanimously approved a compromise proposal that would exempt more small Internet service providers from the new transparency rules the Federal Communications Commission adopted in its Open Internet Order. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would expand protection to ISPs serving 250,000 subscribers, up from 100,000 under the FCC order, for five years. Full story... [US Telecom dailyLead, 03/18/2016]

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