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2016 MACC Billing and Technology Conference

The schedule is set for the 2016 Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC) Billing and Technology Conference (MBTC). MACC clients from across the country will have the opportunity to learn new skills related to our products and network with their telecom industry peers. Registration is available for those MACC clients who have not already done so.
MBTC Details
The event will be held in Omaha, Nebraska
Session One - September 7-9
Session Two - September 12-14
Follow this link for more information and registration:

Questions can be directed to MACC's Creative Services Coordinator, Kristi Rounds, at 402-533-5184 or

Calix User Group Conference

Have you registered for the Calix User Group Conference, October 22-25 in Las Vegas? Join the hundreds of service providers, consulting engineers, sponsors, and Calix experts for this four day event filled with insights, inspiration, and fun. Find more information here:

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Up Coming Events

August 14-17 2016 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Product Showcase and Convention Hyatt Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas

August 16-18 2016 - Kentucky Telecom Association (KTA) Summer Managers Meeting Jamestown Resort & Marina, Jamestown, Kentucky

August 16-17 2016 - Nevada Telecommunications Association (NTA) Annual Convention Harvey's Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

August 21-23 2016 - South Dakota Telecommunications Association Annual Meeting & Conference Swiftel Center, Brookings, South Dakota

August 29-31 2016 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Annual Meeting Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, Montana

August 31- September 1 2016 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) Technical Conference Sheraton Reed Center, Midwest City, Oklahoma

September 7-8 2016 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendors' Showcase Embassy Suites Conference Center, East Peoria, Illinois

September 13-15 2016 - Telecommunications Association of Maine (TAM) Annual Conference Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine

October 3-5 2016 - WSTA - Wisconsin's Broadband Association Fall Conference and Exhibits Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 4-5 2016 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Conference Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

October 5-7 2016 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc (TSTCI) Annual Membership Meeting(2) The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

October 10-12 2016 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual Convention(1) Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

October 12-13 2016 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Annual Showcase Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, Anchorage, Alaska

October 13-14 2016 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Fall Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 17-19 2016 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Annual Meeting Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, New Hampshire

October 17-19 2016 - Mid-America Telecommunications Seminar & Showcase (MATSS)(1) Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 19-21 2016 - Carolinas-Virginias Telephone Membership Asssociation (CVTMA) Fall Conference(1) Grove Park Inn, Ashville, North Carolina

October 19-20 2016 - Alaska Telephone Association (AKA) 2016 Showcase Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, Anchorage, Alaska

October 25-27 2016 - Kentucky Telecom and Tennessee Telecommunications Association (KTA-TTA) Fall Conference and Supplier Showcase Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, Kentucky


August 2016, Volume 166           Serving the Industry for over 58 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

Industry News

FCC News

Federal Legislation


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2016 NTA Convention is August 15th through the 17th at Harvey's Resort South Lake Tahoe.

Monday, August 15, 2016

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

Board Dinner

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament - Genoa Lakes Golf Course

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Squaw Valley Gondola Ride and Day Hike

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

Associate Member Meeting

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

Exhibitor Reception and Showcase

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Breakfast Buffet

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Exhibitor Showcase

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

General Session

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Scholarship Luncheon

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Dinner and Silent Auction

     Look forward to seeing everyone at the convention!

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NTCA Releases Annual Broadband Survey Report

     NTCA released its 15th annual broadband survey report on July 28, 2016. The survey found 100 percent of the 2015 survey respondents offer broadband to some part of their customer bases, compared with the 58 percent of the 2000 survey respondents. Also, 49 percent of respondents' broadband customers are served via FTTH; 29 percent via copper loops; 15 percent via cable modem; 6 percent via FTTN; 1 percent via licensed and unlicensed fixed wireless; and 0.1 percent via satellite. Also, 85 percent of respondents' customers have access to service in excess of 10 Mbps, and 71 percent can subscribe to service of 25 Mbps or greater. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/28/2016]

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Commissioner Pai Asks State PUCs for Information on Lifeline Abuses

     Commissioner Pai sent letters to Michael Picker, President, California PUC; Lisa Hardie, Chair, Oregon PUC; Donna L. Nelson, Chairman, Texas PUC; and Christopher Recchia, Commissioner, Vermont Public Service Department, on July 5, 2016, seeking their help in combating waste, fraud and abuse of the Lifeline program. He alerted them to some of the abuses the FCC has seen with the NLAD, as these four states run their own Lifeline accountability databases. He asked the state commissioners to provide information on: checks the PUCs have in place to ensure that applicants for the Lifeline program are not duplicates; whether the PUCs let wireless resellers override any of its safeguards; and if the PUCs have previously identified particular carriers as abusing the Lifeline system, what remedies have they adopted to combat such abuse. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/07/2016]

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FCC Adopts Order on Technology Transitions, Switched Voice Access Forbearance

     At its July 14, 2016 Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Declaratory Ruling, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration eliminating outdated regulations and establishing clear criteria that can expedite the review process for section 214 service discontinuance applications. Under the new rules, a company's application to discontinue legacy TDM-based voice service in a technology transition can be automatically granted in 30 days if the applicant meets a three-pronged test. The Declaratory Ruling section grants a petition filed by USTelecom, finding that traditional local voice providers are no longer dominant in the market for connecting local callers to long-distance networks. The Order on Reconsideration addresses a technical correction suggested by TelePacific regarding the timing of service discontinuance for competitive service providers when the local phone company transitions away from copper networks. Commissioner statements [Source: Washington Watch, 07/15/2016]

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FCC Determines Final A-CAM Broadband Coverage Data

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order July 25, 2016, concluding the A-CAM model streamlined challenge process and making a final determination regarding the requests to change the broadband coverage data that will be incorporated into the final version of the model for purposes of the voluntary election of model-based support. The Bureau granted 80 requests, denied 73 requests, and declined to act on 124 requests that the Bureau said are administratively infeasible or unnecessary to make. The Bureau said it will shortly release the Public Notice summarizing offer amounts and associated deployment obligations, which will trigger the 90-day deadline for carriers to indicate their intent to elect model-based support. [Source: Washington Watch, 07/26/2016]

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Republicans dig into FCC agenda

     Lawmakers are putting the Federal Communications Commission under the microscope. The House Energy and Commerce Committee's tech subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on Tuesday that is sure to touch on several of the major issues facing the agency this summer. [Source: The Hill, 07/11/2016]

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