Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



August 2019, Volume 202     Serving the Industry for over 61 Years

Team Fishel Team Fishel Serving the telecommunications industry since 1936, Team Fishel is the Best Choice for Utility Engineering, Construction, Installation and Maintenance.

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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 Fugal 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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Thank you to everyone that registered for this year's conference!!

And a special thank you for all those folks that always help behind the scenes setting up a fabulous speaker agenda, coordinating our special events and being the glue that makes our conference unique!
I'm privileged to work with such a great group of people! Look forward to seeing everyone August 13-14!!


O’Rielly Addresses 911 Fee Diversion in U.S. Virgin Islands

     Commissioner O’Rielly sent a letter to U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. on July 17, 2019, to discuss diversion of 911 fees to other functions, including the department of health and Virgin Islands fire service. O’Rielly said such a funding diversion is an unacceptable breach of trust and responsibility, as the collection of this money is expressly authorized for a specific and critical purpose. He said he would find it extremely difficult to support providing additional USF funding to the Virgin Islands without a firm commitment and a timeline from the administration detailing how they are prepared to put an end to fee diversion practices once and for all. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/19/2019]

FCC Gets Set to Relax Telecom Unbundling Regulations

     Telecom unbundling regulations were established when incumbents dominated the market. Today, some of these regulations are no longer needed, said the FCC. The FCC took the first steps toward relaxing telecom unbundling regulations on voice services last week when FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft order that would eliminate certain requirements for incumbent carriers. If the order is adopted, incumbents would no longer be required to provide their competitors with analog voice-grade copper loops on an unbundled basis at regulated rates. In addition, the incumbents would not have to make certain services that they provide at retail available for resale at regulated rates. Full Story... [Source, Telecompetitor, 07/09/2019]

Comment Dates Extended on NPRM Proposing USF Budget Cap

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an order on July 5, 2019, extending comment and reply dates on the NPRM proposing to establish an $11.42 billion cap on the Universal Service Fund, which is the sum of the authorized budgets for the four USF programs in 2018. Comments are now due July 29, 2019; replies are due August 26, 2019. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/08/2019]

WTA Opposes Capping USF in Comments to the FCC

     In comments filed on July 29, WTA expressed opposition to placing a budget cap on the entire Universal Service Fund, which was proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking approved by the FCC in May. WTA argued that the proposal in the NPRM not only will undermine the predictability and sufficiency promised in the 2018 Rate-of-Return High-Cost Support Order, but also possesses a number of substantial legal and policy flaws that preclude its adoption. Specifically, the FCC lacks the authority to impose an overall cap and actually rejected a cap as recently as the 2018 Order. In addition, WTA argued that the four programs cannot be adequately compared for the purposes of evaluating relative effectiveness as suggested in the NPRM due to their different goals and structures. WTA also argued the four programs already have budget restrictions built into them making an overall cap superfluous. [Source: WTA Rural Matter – D.C. Update, 07/30/2019]

Seminar Series for 2019

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

FCC Initiates 2020 Urban Rate Survey

     The Office of Economics and Analytics and the Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice on July 24, 2019, initiating the urban rate survey for 2020. The information collected will be used to develop voice and broadband reasonable comparability benchmarks that will be in place in 2020. Notifications to providers required to complete a survey will be sent via email on July 25, 2019. The notification will provide information on how to access and complete the online survey report form and obtain technical assistance. Completed surveys are due August 26, 2019. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/25/2019]

Pai Proposes New Rules to Address Caller ID Spoofing

     Chairman Pai proposed adoption of new rules banning malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and international calls on July 8, 2019, which will be voted on at the FCC’s August 1, 2019 Open Meeting. The announcement said Pai’s proposal follows a bipartisan call from more than 40 state attorneys general for the FCC to adopt these new anti-spoofing rules. If adopted, the rules would implement the Truth in Caller ID legislation and extend these prohibitions to text messages, calls originating from outside the United States to recipients within the United States, and additional types of voice calls, such as one-way interconnected VoIP calls. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/09/2019]

NTCA, Golden West Discuss SHAKEN/STIR

     NTCA and Golden West Telecommunications spoke with Chairman Pai’s senior counsel and wireline advisor on July 16, 2019, to discuss how the FCC can facilitate RLECs’ full participation in the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID spoofing mitigation framework. They said SHAKEN/STIR is not compatible with TDM switching facilities and expressed concern with how smaller rural carriers will be able to interconnect with other voice providers for the passage and exchange of SHAKEN/STIR certificates absent further FCC action. They suggested if the FCC wishes to see STIR/SHAKEN solutions implemented in rural America, it needs to adopt something analogous to the rural transport rule it has previously utilized when policy changes risked shifting transport charges upon small carriers and the rural customers they serve. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 07/22/2019]

     

Team Fishel Team Fishel Serving the telecommunications industry since 1936, Team Fishel is the Best Choice for Utility Engineering, Construction, Installation and Maintenance.

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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 13-14, 2019 - Nevada Telecommunications Association (NTA) Annual Convention Mont Bleu Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

August 18-22, 2019 - South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) Annual Meeting Holiday Inn Conference Center, Spearfish, South Dakota

August 25-28, 2019 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Convention and Product Showcase Hyatt Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas

August 26-28, 2019 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Annual Meeting Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana

September 4-6, 2019 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendor Showcase & Golf Outing Embassy Suites, East Peoria, Illinois

September 10-12, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Maine (TAM) and Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Annual Meeting Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine

September 12-13, 2019 - The Oklahoma Rural Broadband Association (OTA) Technical Conference Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 12-13, 2019 - The Oklahoma Rural Broadband Association (OTA) Technical Conference Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 17-19, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan ComPulse Inn at Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Michigan

October 2-3, 2019 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Doubletree by Hilton, Binghampton, New York

October 7-9, 2019 - Arizona New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall ConferenceHarrah's Ak-Chin Casino & Resort, Phoenix-Maricopa, Arizona

October 9-11, 2019 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Annual MeetingThe Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin, Texas

October 9-10, 2019 - MTA - Minnesota Telecom Alliance Fall ConferenceMinneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

October 14-16, 2019 - Mid-America Telecom Showcase & Seminar (MATSS)Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 15-17, 2019 - KTA-TTA - Kentucky Telephone and Tennessee Telecom Fall ConferenceHoliday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convetion Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky

October 20-23, 2019 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Annual ConferenceThe Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa, Sonoma, California

October 21-23, 2019 - Wisconsin's Broadband Association (WSTA) Fall Conference & ExhibitHoliday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 23-25, 2019 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Fall ConferenceOmni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

October 23-24, 2019 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Tech ShowcaseHilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

October 27-30, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual MeetingGrand Hotel Point Clear, Point Clear, Alabama