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December 2019, Volume 206     Serving the Industry for over 61 Years

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FCC Approves T-Mobile, Sprint Merger

     The FCC issued a memorandum opinion and order, declaratory ruling, and order of proposed modification (news release) on November 5, 2019, which approved, with conditions, the transfer of control applications filed by T-Mobile and Sprint. The FCC found the transaction will help close the digital divide and advance United States leadership in 5G. The FCC said T-Mobile and Sprint have committed within three years to deploy 5G service to cover 97% of the American people and within six years to reach 99% of all Americans, and includes deploying 5G service to cover 85% of rural Americans within three years and 90% within six years. The FCC also found the transaction would not harm competition, would enhance competition in rural America and the parties’ divestiture of Boost Mobile would address the potential for reduced competition for price-conscious consumers in urban areas. The FCC also proposed modification to construction deadlines related to DISH licenses, which would facilitate the implementation of certain measures in the Department of Justice’s consent decree. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 11/07/2019]

Starks Suggests Study on High-Cost/CAF Program Effectiveness for Broadband Deployment

     Commissioner Starks spoke at the Broadband Communities Conference on October 31, 2019, to discuss internet inequality. He suggested the FCC conduct a data driven 10-year look back on how the High-Cost/CAF program has performed in bringing broadband to remote areas. He asserted this study is not an attempt to undermine this program or make fundamental changes and he seeks to understand where the FCC has been most successful so it can improve this program. He also said broadband access must be affordable as well and discussed the importance of the Lifeline program. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 11/05/2019]

FCC Moves to Relax Telecom Unbundling Requirements

     An FCC telecom unbundling proposal calls for relaxing a range of requirements for incumbent local carriers involving DS-0, DS-1 and DS-3 links, as well as dark fiber. Read article[Source: Telecompetitor, 11/26/2019]

Chairman Pai Proposes to Designate 988 For Suicide Hotline

     On November 19, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed to begin a rulemaking to establish 988 as a new, nationwide, three-digit phone number for a suicide prevention and mental health hotline. The Commission will vote on this proposal at its December 12 public meeting.

     The Chairman’s proposal would designate 988 as the national 3-digit code. It would also require that all phone companies transmit all calls to 988 to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which today provides suicide prevention assistance at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) and through online chats. The Lifeline is a national network of 163 crisis centers that is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Calls to the Lifeline are routed from anywhere in the United States to the closest certified crisis center. In 2018, trained Lifeline counselors answered over 2.2 million calls and over 100,000 online chats.

     “The suicide rate in the United States is at its highest level since World War II, and designating 988 as the suicide prevention and mental health hotline would be a major boost for our nation’s suicide prevention efforts,” said Chairman Pai at an event today with federal agency partners and national leaders in preventing suicide and helping at-risk communities. “When it comes to saving lives, time is of the essence, and we believe that 988 can be activated more quickly than other possible three-digit codes. In addition, 988 has an echo of the 911 number we all know as an emergency number. Awareness of this resource—including how memorable the number is—should make a real difference in saving lives.” [Source: BloostonLaw Telecom Update, 11/21/2019]

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Chairman Pai Announces Membership, First Meeting of Precision Agriculture Task Force

     On November 19, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the membership and first meeting date of the new task force assigned to explore ways to enhance the productivity and efficiency of the nation’s farms and ranches through broadband-based technologies – a.k.a. “precision agriculture.” Construction of wireless precision agriculture networks, and provision of high-capacity backhaul services to support these systems, should be viewed as significant current and future business opportunities, and an application for 5G wireless that is targeted to rural areas.

     Specifically, the first meeting of the Task Force for Reviewing Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture is set for Monday, December 9, at 9:30 a.m. Chairman Pai has designated Teddy Bekele, Land O’Lakes Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, to serve as Chair of the Task Force, and Catherine Moyer, Pioneer Communications Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, to serve as Vice Chair, among others.

     “There is an urgent and growing demand for broadband from America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Chairman Pai. “As I’ve seen for myself in places like Rifle, Colorado, King Hill, Idaho, and Charles City, Virginia, farmers and ranchers are using connected technologies to collect real-time data in the field, make the most efficient use of resources like water, fuel, and seed, and increase yields, all to the benefit of American consumers. Making modern networks available from coast to coast is the FCC’s top priority. The Task Force’s recommendations and reports will enable us to help America’s food producers deliver more, better, and cheaper goods to the table.”

     The Task Force is a federal advisory committee and was created by the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which includes provisions directing the FCC to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop policy recommendations to promote the rapid, expanded deployment of broadband Internet access service on agricultural land where service is not available. Federal advisory committees were established by Congress to provide federal agencies with outside, expert advice on policy matters.” [Source: BloostonLaw Telecom Update, 11/21/2019]

FCC Releases Supply Chain Report and Order

     The FCC released the report and order, FNPRM, and order adopted at its November 22, 2019 open meeting that: would ensure USF support is not used to purchase equipment or services from companies posing a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain; proposes additional actions to address national security threats to USF-funded networks; and collect information to help assess the extent to which equipment from covered companies already exists in such networks. The FNPRM seeks comment on additional actions to address national security threats to USF-funded networks. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 11/27/2019]

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

December 4-5, 2019 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) 38th Annual Showcase Billings Hotel & Convention Center, Billings, Montana

January 26-29, 2019 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Winter Conference Sheraton Maui Resort, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

February 16-19, 2019 - NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association - 2020 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and Expo Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona

February 18-19, 2019 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) Annual Vendor Showcase Macon Marriott, Macon, Georgia

February 25, 2019 - Colorado Telecommunications Association Winter Meeting Warwick Hotel, Denver, Colorado

March 4-5, 2019 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) ITA Showcase Holiday Inn Portland Airport Hotel, Portland, Oregon

March 9-11, 2019 - MTA - Minnesota Telecom Alliance Annual Convention and Trade Show Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 23-25, 2019 - Iowa Communications Alliance 2020 Annual Meeting & Expo Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines, Iowa

March 31 & April 1, 2019 - South Carolina Broadband Telephone Association (SCBTA) Annual Convention Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina