Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter

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APMAX IPTV Middleware Adds Binge Mode

Innovative Systems has added another feature designed to keep consumers tethered to their IPTV video subscription with Binge Mode. The Binge Mode feature allows the subscriber to watch recorded episodes of a specific program one after the other with little or no user interaction with their set-top box.


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Up Coming Events

February 3-5, 2016 - Louisiana Telecommunications Association (LTA) 68th Annual Convention Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana

February 8-10, 2016 - Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA) Marketing Seminar Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

February 16-17, 2016 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) Annual Vendor Showcase Marriott Macon City Center, Macon, Georgia

February 23-25, 2016 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Showcase & Tech Expo Sacramento, California

March 2, 2016 - Nebraska Independent Telecommunications Association (NITA) Technology Day(1) Quality Inn and Conference Center, Grand Island, Nebraska

March 2-3, 2016 - Idaho Telecom Alliance (ITA) Showcase Holiday Inn - Portland Airport Hotel, Portland, Oregon

March 8-10, 2016 - Iowa Communications Alliance Annual Meeting and Expo Community Choice Credit Union Conference Center, Des Moines, Iowa

March 17, 2016 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting(4) State College, Pennsylvania

March 21-25, 2016 - Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association (MTIA) Show-Me Expo(2) Columbia, Missouri

March 21-23, 2016 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MNTA) Annual Convention & Trade Show Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 28-30, 2016 - South Carolina Telecommunications and Broadband Association (SCTBA) Annual Convention Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

April 3-5, 2016 - Carolina-Virginia Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) NC Telecom Expo Pinehurst, North Carolina

April 10-13 2016 - Western Telecom Alliance (WTA) Advocates for Rural Broadband Spring Meeting Hutton Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

April 12-14 2016 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Spring Symposium(1) Sable Oaks Marriott, South Portland, Maine

April 26-27 2016 - Indiana Broadband and Technology Association (IBTA) Spring Meeting Cambria Suites, Noblesville, Indiana

April 27-28 2016 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Spring Conference(3) Penn State Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

Seminar Series for 2015

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

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NEWS
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February 2016, Volume 161           Serving the Industry for over 58 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

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ASSOCIATION NEWS

This month's NTA Associate of the Month is Walker and Associates!
Learn more about Walker and Associates by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

2015 comes and goes with many important issues left to resolve

     The year 2015 has come and gone with the FCC Chairman's promise to enact universal service support reform for rate-of-return rural local exchange carriers still pending. In some respects, this is not a bad thing. Earlier in 2015 FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler promised to "move forward with rate-of-return reform by year end." However, as the rural associations met frequently to work out the details with FCC staff and NECA responded to numerous FCC requests for data it became clear that an accelerated rulemaking might not be practical. more [Source: NECA Access Newsletter, 01/26/2016]

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FirstNet Issues RFP for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

     The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on January 13, 2016 issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network, marking a major step forward in FirstNet's efforts to modernize communications for first responders and other public safety personnel across the U.S. [Source: Telecompetitor, 01/14/2016]

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FCC NEWS

NTCA Board Discusses Investment Uncertainty Under USF Reforms

     NTCA and members of its Board of Directors met separately with Legal Advisors to Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, O'Rielly, Pai and Rosenworcel, and Wireline Competition Bureau staff on January 12, 2016, to discuss NTCA's principles for USF reform. Certain Board members described the challenges they share with many other NTCA members in obtaining the certainty needed to justify new investments, and the need to provide a reasonable opportunity to recover costs incurred in accordance with the rules in place at the time investments are made. NTCA urged the Commission to build upon and not disrupt the mechanisms that have enabled RLEC successes in deploying broadband, while also defining targeted options for support for those companies that may require or desire alternatives. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/14/2016]

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NTCA, ITTA, USTelecom Support Updating USF Mechanisms for Standalone Broadband

     NTCA, ITTA and USTelecom met with Commissioner Clyburn and her Legal Advisor, Commissioner O'Rielly and his Chief of Staff, Chairman Wheeler's Legal Advisor, and Wireline Competition Bureau staff on January 20, 2016, to express support for a simple and straightforward means of updating existing USF mechanisms to support standalone broadband services that could work separate from, but alongside, existing mechanisms. They also expressed willingness to discuss other measures that could be adopted to achieve a similar result. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/25/2016]

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Temporary Exemption from Open Internet Transparency Rules Effective February 24

     The FCC published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2016, the December 2015 Report and Order, which extended, until December 15, 2016, the temporary exemption for smaller broadband Internet access service providers from the enhancements to the Open Internet transparency rule adopted in the 2015 Open Internet Order. The Order is effective February 24, 2016. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/25/2016]

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

Lawmakers dispute FCC's definition of broadband

     Senate Republicans argued Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission's definition of broadband carries too high of a bandwidth threshold, which they dub a ploy to justify more regulation. Supporters of the definition, which sets the minimum download speed needed at 25 Mbps, say it is necessary because multiple devices in a single home often connect to the Internet. Read more... [Source: USTelecom, 01/22/2016]

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Chairman Wheeler Responds to Senators on Municipal Broadband Order

     Chairman Wheeler sent letters to Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) responding to their letter regarding the February 2015 FCC Order that preempted Tennessee and North Carolina state laws regulating government-owned broadband networks. In response to their questions on whether the FCC intends to extend its February 2015 decision to additional states, Chairman Wheeler said the 2015 decision was in response to specific petitions filed with the Commission, and said there are no such petitions pending before the Commission. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/28/2015]

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