Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



August 2018, Volume 190           Serving the Industry for over 60 Years           Mike Eifert, Editor

ASSOCIATION NEWS

Thank you to everyone that attended this year's NTA Convention! I had a great time and hope all of you did, too!

     Thanks to your participation, generosity and enthusiasm we collected $5,245.00 toward the John and Mary Louise Christian Memorial Scholarship fund. With your help the NTA continues to support student higher education in Nevada.

     Buck Spears was re-elected as the Associate member director on the NTA Board of Directors. Congratulations Buck, it is great to have you with us for another year!

     John Christian is the new 2018/2019 NTA president. Congratulation John!! The NTA would like to thank Charlie Born for an outstanding job as 2017/2018 president!

ASSOCIATE MEMBER EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

2018 Telecommunications Management Conference: A Roadmap for the Future
August 14-15, 2018 - Renaissance Hotel, Dallas, TX
CPE credit available

Join us for the 2018 Moss Adams Telecommunications Management Conference, where we'll set the stage to help your organization create a roadmap to navigate the increasingly competitive telecommunications industry. This year's speakers include Darren Woodson, three-time Super Bowl Champion and former all-pro NFL player and Jonathan Spalter, the President and CEO of USTelecom. We'll discuss the impact of new and revised operational and regulatory requirements on the telecommunications industry, provide guidance on creating successful financial strategies in an evolving regulatory environment, and highlight company success stories.
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2018 APMAX USER MEETING
August 27-29, 2018 Highland Conference Center
APMAX

Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2018 Voice and Video User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. This free annual event will keep you informed on the most recent releases, updates to the product, and ways to promote your services. Optional Training session on IP Networking for hosted services, breakout sessions, and customer experiences with the APMAX will highlight this year's event.

The User Meeting is also a prime opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with our support team and to network with other Service Provider staff from across the country to see how they are utilizing the products from Innovative Systems.

Follow this link for more information and to register: http://www.innovsys.com/innovsys/news-events/2018-apmax-user-meeting/

Registeration is open for MACC's
2018 Conference!

Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC) has scheduled their 2018 conference. At this event, MACC clients will have the opportunity to learn new skills related to MACC products and network with their peers in the telecom industry.

MACC Billing and Technology Conference - MBTC
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Session One - September 5-7
- Session Two - September 10-12
- MBTC details and registration - http://www.maccmbtc.com/

For more information on this event, please contact
Kristi Rounds, at 402-533-5184 - krounds@maccnet.com or
JoEllen Maras, at 402-533-5117 - jmaras@maccnet.com.

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FCC Announces $36 Million in Additional A-CAM Support

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice on July 20, 2018, announcing it authorized 175 current A-CAM companies that elected 210 revised offers of A-CAM support to receive additional model-based support in exchange for extending broadband service to additional locations. Under this second revised offer, all locations with costs above $52.50 will be funded up to a per-location fund cap of $146.10, with adjusted deployment obligations. The bureau released a report showing the revised authorization amount and deployment obligations for each carrier that elected a revised offer and a report showing the revised state-level amounts of model-based support and associated deployment obligations. Collectively, the net increase in annualized support compared to the previously elected A-CAM amounts is approximately $36 million. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/23/2018]

FCC Lays Groundwork For $100M Telehealth Pilot Program

     Last week, Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr and Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., announced the FCC will begin the work of launching an anticipated $100 million "Connected Care Pilot Program" to support telehealth for low-income Americans, particularly those living in rural areas. The item will be considered at the FCC's August Open Meeting. USTelecom looks forward to working with the Commission on this innovative project to make sure communities in the hardest to reach areas of our country have access to the transformational benefits of telemedicine. Read Report [Source: USTelcom dailyLead, 07/16/2018]

State Support For Telemedicine Varies, Report Finds

     Twelve states have restrictive laws and Medicaid policies that hinder widespread adoption of telehealth, 20 states have progressive laws and policies that support expanded use, and 26 states reimburse for telehealth delivered to patients' homes, according to a Manatt Health analysis. Although nearly all state Medicaid programs cover live video conferencing, fewer reimburse for remote patient monitoring, store-and-forward telemedicine, and email and phone care. Read Report [Source: USTelcom dailyLead, 07/12/2018]

Seminar Series for 2018

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

Slamming and Cramming Rule Amendments Effective August 16

     On July 17, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Report and Order codifying rules against sales call misrepresentations and cramming and revising rules to improve the effectiveness of the third-party verification (TPV) process. These rules and revisions go into effect on August 16.

Specifically, the FCC codified a rule to prohibit material misrepresentation, including material omissions, in sales calls to further reduce the incidence of slamming. Codifying this prohibition will provide carriers and consumers with more specific information and notice of this prohibited practice. The Commission also revised the Slamming and Cramming NPRM's proposed rule, published August 14, 2017, on sales calls by deleting the reference to "deception." The Commission found that term to be vague and subject to an unclear interpretation absent a record to define it. [Source: BloostonLaw Telecom Update, 07/18/2018]

USDA Wants Input on How to Spend $600M For Rural Broadband

     The Agriculture Department wants recommendations on how the government should proceed with a $600 million program Congress approved this year to provide loans and grants to entities in rural areas. The government is focusing on areas with no more than 20,000 residents where at least 90% of homes lack broadband. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 07/30/2018]

Changes to Copper Retirement, Discontinuance Rules Effective July 30

     The FCC published a notice in the Federal Register on July 30, 2018, announcing OMB has approved, for a period of three years, the information collection associated with the rules pertaining to ILEC retirement of copper loops and service discontinuance. The amendments to sections 63.19(a), 63.60(h), 63.71(a)(6)-(7), (f), (h) and 63.602 are effective on July 30, 2018. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/30/2018]

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           Cooper Cooper Provides comprehensive legal representation on matters of importance to telecommunications providers, their business partners and their principals since 1896.

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           Rocky Mountain West Telecom Niels Fugal We are a professional consulting and engineering firm, investing in people, processes, systems and technologies to deliver value in terms of performance and speed.

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           Niels Fugal Niels Fugal Niels Fugal Sons Company has been serving the utility construction industry since the late 1920*s and is recognized today as a well-known leader in the telecommunications and natural gas construction industry. It has been a leader, not a follower. Technology has improved, and the company has been and will continue to be on the cutting edge of those changes.

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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

August 6-8 2018 - Tri-State Telecommunications Annual Conference (UT, ID, WY) Snow King Resort, Jackson, Wyoming

August 8-9 2018 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Futures Retreat Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, Mescalero, New Mexico

August 19-21 2018 - South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) Annual Meeting Swiftel Center, Brookings, South Dakota

August 27-29 2018 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Annual Meeting Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell, Montana

September 5-6 2018 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendors' Showcase Embassy Suites, East Peoria, Illinois

September 9-12 2018 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Convention and Product Showcase Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay, Texas

September 11-13 2018 - Telecommunications Association of Maine Annual Convention Samoset Resort Hotel, Rockport, Maine

September 11-13 2018 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM) ComPulse The H Hotel, Midland, Michigan

September 27-28 2018 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) Technical Conference Hyatt Regency Downtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 1-3 2018 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Cooperative Association (WSTA) Fall Conference La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin

October 1-3 2018 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall Conference Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe, Arizona

October 15-18 2018 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (TASE) Annual Convention Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

October 15-17 2018 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Annual Conference Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey, CA

October 15-17 2018 - Mid-America Telecommunications Seminar & Showcase (MATSS) Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 16-18 2018 - Kentucky Telecome Association and Tennessee Telecommunications Association Fall Conference Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, Kentucky

October 24-26 2018 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Fall Conference Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

October 24-25 2018 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Tech Showcase Hilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska