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April 4-6 2017 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Spring Symposium Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland, Maine

April 18-20 2017 - California Communications Association (CalCom) 33rd Annual Showcase & Tech Showcase Expo Doubletree Resort, Sacramento, California

April 24-25 2017 - Iowa Communications Alliance (ICA) Cyber Security Summit Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport, Des Moines, Iowa

April 25-26 2017 - Indiana Broadband Technology Association (IBTA) Spring Meeting Cambria Suites, Noblesville, Indiana

April 26-27 2017 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Spring Conference Penn State Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

May 9-11 2017 - North Dakota Telephone Association (NDTA) Tri-State Telecom Operations Conference Holiday Inn, Fargo, North Dakota

May 15-18 2017 - Arizona New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Spring Conference Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso, New Mexico

May 22-25 2017 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association - 107th Annual Convention Grand Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

May 22-24 2017 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Annual Meeting Harrigan Centennial Hall, Sitka, Alaska

May 23 2017 - Nebraska Telecommunications Association (NTA) Spring Conference Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, Lincoln, Nebraska

May 24 - 26 2017 - Kentucky Telecom Association (KTA) Annual Meeting Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa, Lexington, Kentucky

June 1 2017 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting The Penn Stater, State College, Pennsylvania

June 4 - 7 2017 - New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA) 96th Annual Conference Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, New York

June 4 - 7 2017 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) and Arkansas Telecommunications Association (ATA) Joint Summer Conference Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

June 5 - 7 2017 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) Joint Annual Meeting Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington

June 11 - 13 2017 - Illinois Telecommunications Association Annual Convention Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri

June 14 - 16 2017 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc TSTCI) Spring Managers' Conference Pearl South Padre, South Padre Island, Texas

June 24 - 29 2017 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 95th Annual Convention Hammock Beach Resort, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, Palm Coast, Florida

June 25 - 27 2017 - North Carolina Telephone Cooperative Coalition 2017 Tri-State Telecom (VA, SC & NC) Conference & Exhibitor Showcase Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, North Carolina


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April 2017, Volume 174           Serving the Industry for over 59 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

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ASSOCIATION NEWS

ISPN is this month's NTA Associate of the Month!

Learn more about ISPN and what they do by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

AT&T wins $6.5B FirstNet contract for public-safety net

     AT&T will invest $40 billion over 25 years in FirstNet now that the US government has awarded the telecom a $6.5 billion contract and the necessary wireless spectrum to build the nationwide first-responder network. FirstNet still faces hurdles, including potential funding challenges and the possibility that some states will opt to build their own emergency-services networks. Read more...[Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 03/31/2017]

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USAC Files Second Quarter USF Support Mechanism Quarterly Contribution Base

     USAC filed the Federal Universal Service Support Mechanism Quarterly Contribution Base for Second Quarter 2017 on March 2, 2017. The total projected collected interstate and international end user revenue base to be used in determining the contribution factor for the USF support mechanisms for second quarter 2017 is $13,615,143,917, down from $13,971,514,032 in the previous quarter. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/03/2017]

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NTCA Urges Diligence on Rural Call Completion Problems

     NTCA met with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on March 9, 2017, to urge the Commission to remain diligent in its pursuit of long term solutions to rural call completion problems while prosecuting originating providers who fail to complete calls, claiming rural call completion problems continue across rural America. NTCA said any sunset of the record keeping and reporting requirements is grossly premature and should not be considered, and if any exception were to be made to the two intermediate providers limit, it should be created under only extremely limited circumstances and be very narrowly defined. NTCA also said the safe harbor certification should apply to all calls destined to complete at known rural carriers, whether ILEC or CLEC. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/15/2017]

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Broadband overtakes cable/satellite as leading conduit for video

     For the first time, broadband has caught up with pay-TV services as a leading delivery channel for video entertainment. More telling is that streaming services, which rely on broadband connections, are up 5% over 2014, while the pay-TV trend points down, declining by 2%. Three leading streaming services -- Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu -- are now found in 64% of US households, and half of all adults stream programming for these services on a monthly basis, according to the On-Demand TV study conducted by the Leichtman Research Group. Learn more. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 03/23/2017]

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FCC NEWS

FCC Stays Broadband Privacy Rules

     Late in the day on March 1, the FCC voted 2-1 (along party lines) at the eleventh hour to issue an Interim Stay Order to temporarily block the rules adopted in the Broadband Privacy Order of November 2016 from going into effect tomorrow, March 2.

     As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, these rules apply to broadband service providers and other telecommunications carriers, including LECs and wireless carriers. They modify existing FCC rules concerning the treatment of customer proprietary network information (CPNI) under section 222 of the Communications Act and establish a framework of customer consent to use and share customers' personal information that is "calibrated to the sensitivity of the information." As a result of the order and rules, among other things, the duty of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers and other telecommunications carriers to protect customer proprietary information under Section 222 will begin when a person applies for service and continue after a subscriber terminates his or her service. All information that a BIAS provider causes to be collected or stored on a customer's device, including customer premises equipment (CPE) and mobile stations, will meet the revised statutory definition of CPNI. According to the FCC, the fact that CPNI is on a device and has not yet been transmitted to the carrier's own servers does not remove the data from the definition of CPNI, if the collection has been done at the carrier's direction. The Broadband Privacy Order also adopted multiple tiers of consent necessary for BIAS providers to obtain from customers before using CPNI.

     Several petitions for reconsideration of the Order were filed, but have not yet been acted upon. Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrel McSweeney issued a joint statement condemning the action. "I am very troubled by the news that the data security protections of the Broadband Privacy Rule will be put on hold... This action weakens the security requirement guarding every consumers' most personal data and should be reconsidered," said Commissioner McSweeney. "This means no federal data security requirements whatsoever for broadband providers," said the pair. [Source: Blooston Law, 03/01/2017]

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Chairman Pai Calls for FCC to Administer Broadband Funding

     On March 15, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated in a speech given at Carnegie Mellon University that the FCC's Universal Service Fund should administer broadband funding appropriated by Congress as part of a larger infrastructure package. According to Chairman Pai, the latest revisions to USF minimize wasteful spending by "award[ing] subsidies based on cost-effectiveness ... [and] preventing subsidies in areas where the private sector is already investing in networks."

     Chairman Pai also stated that he plans to, "breathe life into Section 7 of the Communications Act-or maybe the more proper metaphor would be to add teeth. For those who don't know, which is basically everyone, that law says, "The Commission shall determine whether any new technology or service proposed in a petition or application is in the public interest within one year after such petition or application is filed."

     The Chairman's statements seem difficult to integrate with his recent efforts to reduce or eliminate the FCC's authority, such as the recent order staying the broadband privacy rules, and his pre-appointment promises to repeal the FCC's Net Neutrality rules. [Source: BloostonLaw, 03/16/2017]

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NTCA Calls for Action on Local Service Rate Floor, Capital Investment Allowance

     NTCA spoke separately with Legal Advisors to Commissioners Clyburn and O'Rielly on March 14 and 15, 2017, to discuss the continuing adverse effects upon consumers of the local service rate floor policy and the chilling impact on investment of the capital investment allowance. NTCA urged the Commission to act promptly on the Application for Review and Petition for Reconsideration of the rate floor, filed by NTCA, NECA, ERTA and WTA. NTCA also raised the treatment of certain expenses for purposes of cost recovery via universal service. [Source: Washington Watch, 03/17/2017]

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

Broadband privacy repeal clears House, heads to Trump

     Repeal of broadband privacy rules that restricted the use of consumer data has now passed both the House and Senate and is headed to President Donald Trump's desk for his expected signature. The House voted Tuesday to undo the Federal Communications Commission's October approval of rules that created stricter privacy standards for internet service providers than for website operators such as Google and Facebook. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 03/29/2017]

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Lawmakers debate broadband measures

     House lawmakers scrutinized several broadband-related proposals in a hearing Tuesday dealing with general infrastructure improvements and the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2017. Democrats and Republicans on a House subcommittee on communications discussed the extent of Congress' role in regulating broadband services. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 03/22/2017]

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National Broadband Map update gets bipartisan backing

     Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are calling for the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission to update a map that details broadband access across the US. A Commerce agency released a map in 2011, but a lack of funds has frustrated efforts to update it. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 03/23/2017]

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