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Announcements
NeoNova brings cloud technologies to rural Missouri, Nebraska

American Broadband adds cloud services in two states by joining NeoNova's affiliate roster.
NeoNova, an industry leader in 21st century cloud-based technologies and services for regional telcos and ISPs, announced that American Broadband now will receive email and subscriber management services to help expand their offerings for its customers in two states.


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Up Coming Events

August 2-5 2015 - NTCA The Rural Broadband Association North Central Regional Conference(1) Radisson Blu-Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

August 5-6 2015 - Tri-State Annual Telecommunications Conference for ITA, URTA & WTA (Idaho, Utah & Wyoming) Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

August 16-18 2015 - South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) Annual Meeting & Conference The Lodge at Deadwood, Deadwood, South Dakota

August 18-19 2015 - Nevada Telecommunications Association Annual Meeting Harvey's Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

August 23-26 2015 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Product Showcase and Convention Hyatt Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas

August 31 - September 2 2015 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Annual Meeting(1) Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, Montana

September 3, 2015 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting(4) State College, Pennsylvania

September 3, 2015 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) Technical Conference Springlake Metro Technology Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 9-10, 2015 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendors' Showcase(1) Embassy Suites Conference Center, East Peoria, Illinois

September 14-15, 2015 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Doubletree by Hilton, Binghamton, New York

September 22-23, 2015 - Nebraska Telephone Accountant Service Klub (TASK) Kearney, Nebraska

September 28-30, 2015 - The 2015 Great Lakes Technology ShowcaseNebraska Telephone Accountant Service Cleveland Public Hall and Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

October 1-2, 2015 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Fall Conference Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

October 5-7, 2015 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Association (WSTA) Fall Conference Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 7-8, 2015 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Cooperative Association (WSTCA) Fall Conference Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 14-16, 2015 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc Annual Membership Meeting Westin Riverwalk, San Antionio, Texas

October 18-20, 2015 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual Convention (10.18.15) Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

October 19-21, 2015 - Mid-America Telecommunications Seminar & Showcase (MATSS) Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 21-22, 2015 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Member Showcase Hilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

October 21-23, 2015 - Carolinas-Virginias Telephone Membership Asssociation (CVTMA) Fall Conference Grove Park Inn, Ashville, North Carolina

October 26-29, 2015 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall 2015 Conference Omni Tucson National Resort & Golf, Tucson, Arizona

October 27-30, 2015 - Kentucky Telephone and Tennessee Telecommunications Association (KTA-TTA) 21st Fall Conference and Supplier Showcase Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Seminar Series for 2015

NTCA Live Learning Center
NECA Training Courses and Conferences
Moss Adams Telecom Accounting and Business
USTelecom On-demand Educational Webinars

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NEWS
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August 2015, Volume 155           Serving the Industry for over 57 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

Industry News

FCC News

Federal Legislation


ASSOCIATION NEWS

This months NTA Associate of the Month is KLW Co.!
Learn more about KLW Co. by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.

2015 NTA Convention is August 17th through the 19th at Harvey's Resort South Lake Tahoe.

Monday, August 17, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Board Dinner

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament - Genoa Lakes Golf Course

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lake Tahoe Day Hike and Heavenly Mountain Gondola

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Associate Member Meeting

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception and Showcase

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Continental Breakfast

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcase

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

General Session

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Scholarship Luncheon

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner and Silent Auction


     Look forward to seeing everyone at the convention!

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FCC Releases Order Granting AT&T-DIRECTV Merger

     The FCC issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order on July 28, 2015, granting, with conditions, the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations from DIRECTV to AT&T. The approval will allow AT&T to acquire DIRECTV and merge the two companies into one combined entity. AT&T-DIRECTV will be required to expand its deployment of high-speed, fiber optic broadband Internet access service to 12.5 million customer locations as well as to E-rate eligible schools and libraries; is prohibited from using discriminatory practices to disadvantage online video distribution services; and will submit its Internet interconnection agreements for Commission review. AT&T-DIRECTV has also agreed to offer broadband services to low-income consumers at discounted rates. The FCC found the combined AT&T-DIRECTV will increase competition for bundles of video and broadband, which, in turn, will stimulate lower prices, not only for the Applicants' bundles, but also for competitors' bundled products - benefiting consumers and serving the public interest. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/29/2015]

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INDUSTRY NEWS

White House Announces Launch of ConnectHome Pilot Program

     The White House issued a Fact Sheet on July 15, 2015, announcing that the ConnectHome pilot program is launching in twenty-seven cities and one tribal nation, and will offer over 275,000 low-income households the support they need to access the Internet at home. The White House said ConnectHome will focus on building regional partnerships while collaborating with both public and private sectors to offer broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs and devices for residents in assisted housing units. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/16/2015]

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State Attorneys General Urge Companies to Offer Call Blocking Technology to Customers

     Forty-five state attorneys general sent a letter to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and CenturyLink on July 22, 2015, urging them to take advantage of the recent FCC rule clarification and offer call-blocking technology to their customers. They said this clarification, which states federal law does not prohibit telecommunications service providers from offering, upon a customer's request, services intended to block unwanted calls, should remove any doubt about their legal authority to empower consumers by providing call-blocking technology to help stop robocalls, scam text messages and unwanted telemarketing calls. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/23/2015]

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FCC NEWS

Commissioner Pai Issues Statement on Rural Broadband Deployment

     Commissioner Pai issued a statement on July 1, 2015, on the need to extend broadband in rural areas, and detailed his recent visit to Diller, Nebraska and Baldwin City, Kansas. Commissioner Pai said he was told the rising level of regulatory uncertainty coming from D.C. was a major barrier to infrastructure investment and noted one company recently stopped laying fiber entirely because it could not predict the rules of the digital road, leaving many residential customers with degraded copper lines and less bandwidth. He said he was grateful to hear numerous companies from each state were supportive of his recent proposal for extending federal USF support to rate-of-return companies that offer stand-alone broadband service. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/02/2015]

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Commissioner Clyburn Discusses New Lifeline Program to Close Digital Divide

     Commissioner Clyburn spoke at the National Action Network's Legislative and Policy Conference on July 8, 2015, to discuss access to the Internet. She said digital literacy and broadband access are essential, and said over 90 percent of households making $75,000 a year have access to the Internet, but for families making under $30,000 a year, only half can access the Web at home. She said the Lifeline program has been stuck in a time warp, virtually ignored for decades and still funds voice-only access. She suggested designing an entirely new program to be known as iBridge Now, which could help close the digital divide and opportunity gap by supporting 21st century advanced communications services. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/09/2015]

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Vantage Point Details Results of Alternative Cost Model Study

     Vantage Point filed the results on July 13, 2015, of two studies it conducted comparing the A-CAM cost-to-serve module results to engineering cost data from wire-center-wide FTTP projects. The first study compared A-CAM results to engineering cost data of 144 wire centers across the country, and found that while the A-CAM seems to somewhat accurately estimate overall deployment costs, on a wire center-by-wire center basis the A-CAM capex results for almost a third of the wire centers differs by more than 30 percent from the engineering data for that wire center. Vantage Point's second study reviewed engineering cost data for three wire-center-wide FTTP networks that have been constructed, and concluded in all twelve nodes analyzed the A-CAM misses the wire-center-specific engineering data by more than 40 percent. Vantage Point said it brings these model deficiencies to the attention of the FCC so that it can work to improve the A-CAM. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/14/2015]

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FCC Commissioner 'Outraged' At What CBS4 Investigation Revealed About Free Phone Program

     By Brian Maass
     CBSDenver
     Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai says a CBS4 probe of a government cellphone program revealed fraud, waste and abuse in the government's Lifeline cellphone program that he called "shocking."

     "The CBS4 story highlighted the fact that in places there are no safeguards, workers are signing up people using fraudulent certifications," said Pai, one of five FCC commissioners. Read more...

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

House Subcommittee to Hold Hearings on Broadband Investment, FCC Oversight

     House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced on July 8, 2015, the subcommittee will hold a hearing on July 14, 2015, to discuss ways to improve the environment for investment in both fixed and mobile broadband. Rep. Walden also announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing on July 28, 2015, on FCC oversight, and will hear from Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Pai. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/09/2015]

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