Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
December 2015, Volume 159 Serving the Industry for over 57 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
This month's NTA Associate of the Month is S&S Solutions
NECA Files Data on Potential FCC Bifurcated Concept for Rate-of-Return USF Support
NECA filed data on November 6, 2015, in connection with a potential FCC bifurcated concept for rate-of-return USF support. NECA said the FCC requested revised versions of data filed on September 11, 2015, reflecting the effects of additional potential budget limitation mechanisms and other changes. NECA said this filing reflects these changes as well as other corrections and updates.[Source: Washington Watch, 11/06/2115]
Alcatel-Lucent sees 'major breakthrough' in tech for 1,000Tbps speeds
Alcatel-Lucent's research arm, Bell Labs, has announced that ongoing testing of its prototype real-time
space-division multiplexed optical multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO-SDM) system could see the company attain speeds of 1 petabit
per second in time for the arrival of 5G and the Internet of Things.
WTA Companies Discuss USF Reform for RoR Carriers
Arvig Enterprises, the Range family of telecommunications companies, 3 Rivers Communications, Volcano Communications Group and WTA met variously with Chairman Wheeler's Legal Advisor, and the Legal Advisors to Commissioners Clyburn, O'Rielly, Pai and Rosenworcel on October 28-29, 2015, to express concerns with the accuracy of the price cap-based A-CAM for rural company support, as well as their present inability to determine the amount of model-based support they might receive and their associated build-out obligations. The companies expressed concern that the proposed bifurcated rate-of-return path was being developed in a rapid and untested manner, which they said could entail a number of unforeseen consequences. They also suggested that competitive overlap reductions of high-cost support apply only to new investment and that an unsubsidized competitor be required to provide service at the same broadband speed as the ETC whose support it is seeking to have reduced or eliminated. The companies emphasized that regardless of what high-cost support mechanisms the Commission adopts, there remains an urgent need for stability, predictability and sufficiency. [Source: Washington Watch, 11/03/2015]
Why involve the FCC in business data services?
Business data services are available in a wide variety of technologies and capacities from both cable companies and competitive fiber providers in most areas of the country. However, the Federal Communications Commission retains the authority to regulate the terms on which traditional telecommunications companies sell this service. One set of buyers is asking the FCC to help it compete in this highly competitive market, despite the fact that legacy providers' share of the business market is declining. Such intervention creates the wrong incentives for infrastructure investment. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 11/25/2015]
CenturyLink urges Congress to address barriers to rural broadband deployment
The continued difficulty of accessing federal lands adds costs to the deployment of broadband networks, especially in rural areas and tribal lands, CenturyLink's Regulatory Counsel Jeb Benedict told the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Last week, the subcommittee held a hearing to discuss how to reduce barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment in the United States. While Benedict praised the recent introduction of the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2015, or "dig once" legislation, which would require federally funded highway construction projects to install pipes accommodating fiber optic cables, he encouraged the subcommittee to consider legislation that would make it faster and less expensive to access federal lands to deploy broadband. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 11/02/2015]
Congress Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Open Internet Appeal
Members of Congress filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the D.C. Circuit Court on November 4, 2015, in the Open Internet Order appeal in support of Petitioners. They asserted the Order should be vacated because it exceeds the FCC's authority as conferred on it by Congress. They also asserted a brief filed by Democratic Members of Congress did not speak for Congress on the issues. [Source: Washington Watch, 11/13/2015]
House Passes FCC Reform Bill
The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a Press Release on November 16, 2015, announcing the House approved legislation to increase transparency, efficiency and accountability at the FCC. The bipartisan bill requires the FCC to make certain changes to its rules within one year, publish certain documents on the FCC website, create a searchable online database for consumer complaints, and grants a temporary waiver of the Anti-deficiency Act until the end of 2020 for the FCC's Universal Service Fund. Summary of bill [Source: Washington Watch, 11/17/2015]
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