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Up Coming Events

February 11-13, 2015 - Louisiana Telecommunications Association (LTA) Annual Convention(1) Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana

February 17-19, 2015 - California Communications Association (CALCOM) Showcase and Tech Expo Doubletree by Hilton, Sacramento, California

February 18, 2015 - Nebraska Independent Telecommunications Association (NITA) Technology Day Grand Island, Nebraska

February 24, 2015 - Colorado Telecommunications Association (CTA) 2015 Winter Meeting Warwick Hotel, Denver, Colorado

February 24-25, 2015 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 18th Annual Vendor Showcase Marriott Macon City Center, Macon, Georgia

March 3-5, 2015 - Iowa Communications Alliance (ICA) Annual Conference Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines, Iowa & Expo

March 4-5, 2015 - Oregon Telecommunications Assocation (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) ITA Showcase Holiday Inn Portland Airport Hotel, Portland, Oregon

March 23-25, 2015 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Annual Convention & Trade Show(1) Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 29-30, 2015 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Spring Conference(2) State College, Pennsylvania

May 12-14, 2015 - North Dakota Telephone Association TOC Conference Holiday Inn, Fargo, North Dakota

May 18-20, 2015 - Alaska Telephone 2015 Annual Meeting Cape Fox Lodge, Ketchikan, Alaska

May 18-21, 2015 - Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA) 105th Annual Convention Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

May 20-22, 2015 - Kentucky Telephone Association (KTA) Annual Meeting(1)Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa, Lexington, Kentucky

May 31- June 3, 2015 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) Summer Conference & Suppliers' Showcase(1)Dallas Hilton, Rockwall Lakefront, Rockwall, Texas

Seminar Series for 2015

NTCA Line Learning Center
NECA Training Courses and Conferences
Moss Adams Telecom Accounting and Business
USTelecom On-demand Educational Webinars

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Serving the Industry for over 57 Years
Volume 149, February 2015
Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

Industry News

FCC News

Federal Legislation


This months NTA Associate of the Month features Preformed Line Products.

Learn more about Preformed Line Products by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.

The 2015 Nevada Legislative Session starts Monday February 2nd.

See 78th Nevada Legislative Session below to view the list of BDRs and Bills the NTA is tracking.

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NTCA Discusses Adding Broadband to USF Contribution Base

     NTCA spoke with the Deputy Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau on January 13, 2015, to discuss the need for USF contributions reform. NTCA addressed a recent presentation in which it estimated the effects on the USF contribution factor if broadband were included in the contribution base, assuming the universal service programs did not increase above current levels, and found that the contribution factor would fall from 16.8 percent to 4.6 percent on an annualized basis. NTCA said such reform would ensure more equitable distribution of support for universal service programs among all ratepayers while substantially reducing the amount paid by individual consumers who use services that are subject to USF assessment. [Source: Washington Watch, 1/14/2015]

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Phoenix Center Issues Study on Municipal Broadband Networks

     The Phoenix Center announced the release of a study on January 20, 2015, entitled Why Chattanooga is not the "Poster Child" for Municipal Broadband, which disputes the FCC's claim that Chattanooga is the reason why the FCC should use its authority to preempt state laws to allow local governments to build broadband networks. The study claims the Chattanooga system is not an archetype for widespread municipal fiber buildouts because, among other things, it was an extension of the city's municipally run electric utility monopoly, offering spillovers in expertise and facilities. The study also claims the Chattanooga system received $111 million in federal support and extending the Chattanooga experience to the rest of the country would cost over $220 billion. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/20/2015]

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FCC sets Feb. date for vote on Open Internet rules

     The Federal Communications Commission will put proposed broadband Internet rules to a vote at its Feb. 26 meeting. The FCC is reportedly still mulling whether to strengthen its rules to regulate broadband as a utility-like common carrier under the Telecom Act -- a move backed by President Barack Obama but opposed by congressional Republicans. CNET (1/2), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/2), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/4) [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 01/05/2015]

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Commissioners Issue Statements on President Obama Speech on Promoting Municipal Broadband

     Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners Pai and O'Rielly issued statements after President Obama spoke in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on January 14, 2015, on promoting community broadband. Chairman Wheeler said "the FCC has been working diligently to expand broadband deployment and increase consumer choice and competition nationwide, including reviewing complaints from cities that have been prohibited from providing competitive high-speed alternatives."

     Commissioner O'Rielly said "[m]unicipal broadband has never proven to be the panacea that supporters claim and the Administration now boasts."

     Commissioner Pai said "the FCC must make its decisions based on the law, not political convenience. And U.S. Supreme Court precedent makes clear that the Commission has no authority to preempt state restrictions on municipal broadband projects." [Source: Washington Watch, 01/15/2015"

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FCC ups "broadband" threshold to 25 Mbps

     The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday withdrew the "broadband" designation from Internet services that fail to reach download speeds of 25 megabits per second, more than six times the previous standard, 4 Mbps. Internet service providers, including Verizon Communications and AT&T, had objected to the move, saying the FCC should focus on removing rules that inhibit investment in upgrading broadband networks. Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/29) [Source: USTelcom dailyLead, 01/30/2015]

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78th Nevada Legislative Session

NTA Bill Tracking


SB 46

Exempts Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and Colorado River Commission of Nevada from the State Budget Act, State Personnel System and statutory limitation on maximum salary payable to persons employed by State.


SB 86

Revises provisions governing pipeline and subsurface safety.


AB 75

Revise provisions governing the regulatory obligations of a public utility upon seeking authority from the PUCN to increase annual gross operating revenues.



Make various changes relating to court interpreters.



Authorize certain offenders to access telecommunication devices.



Makes various changes to the program to provide devices for telecommunications to persons with impaired speech and hearing.



Makes various changes related to interpreters of sign language.



Revises provisions relating to county-owned telephone companies.



Revises provisions relating to telecommunications (PMP/PIP).



Makes various changes relating to the relocation of certain facilities that provide telecommunication services.



Revises provisions governing interception of wire, oral or electronic communications.

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GOP hopes to circumvent FCC with own Open Internet measure

     Congressional Republicans plan to offer legislation designed to stave off the Federal Communications Commission's move to reclassify broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act. The measure will also have a provision barring Internet service providers from charging "a premium to prioritize content delivery." Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/14) [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 01/15/2015]

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Democrats Introduce Community Broadband Act

     On January 22, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced the Community Broadband Act, which seeks "to promote competition [and] to preserve the ability of local governments to provide broadband capability and services."

The proposed legislation states simply, "No statute, regulation, or other legal requirement of a State or local government may prohibit, or have the effect of prohibiting or substantially inhibiting, any public provider from providing telecommunications service or advanced telecommunications capability or services to any person or any public or private entity." The Act also provides that "[e]ach public provider that intends to provide telecommunications service or advanced telecommunications capability or services to the public is encouraged to consider the potential benefits of a public-private partnership before providing the capability or services," and further requires notice and an opportunity to be heard before any public provider begins offering service.

"As Mayor of Newark, I saw firsthand the value of empowering local communities to invest and innovate. The Community Broadband Act provides cities the flexibility they need to meet the needs of their residents," said Sen. Booker in a press release on the proposed legislation. "This legislation will enhance economic development, improve access to education and health care services, and provide increased opportunity to individuals in underserved areas. At a time when local governments are looking for ways to ensure their communities are connected and have access to advanced and reliable networks, the Community Broadband Act empowers local governments to respond to this ever-increasing demand." [Source: BloostonLaw, 01/28/2015]

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