Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



February 2019, Volume 196     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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Shutdown: Trump Signs Bill to Reopen Federal Government for Three Weeks

     President Trump signed into law H.J. Res. 28, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, on January 25, 2019, which includes a short-term continuing resolution that provides fiscal year 2019 appropriations through February 15, 2019, for continuing projects and activities of the federal government. [Source: Washington Watch, 1/28/2019]

Commissioner Rosenworcel Calls on Industry to Provide Free Robocall Blocking Tools

     On December 12, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel issued a statement “demanding action” on robocall blocking. According to a Press Release, Commissioner Rosenworcel sent letters to major phone companies and is calling on carriers to offer free robocall blocking solutions to consumers across the country. Copies of the letters, which were sent to executives at AT&T, Bandwidth.com, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Frontier, Google, Sprint, TDS, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Vonage, can be found here. “I detest robocalls. So does anyone and everyone I know. Consumers across the country have waited too long for the FCC to take meaningful steps to reduce these nuisance calls. The extraordinary increase in these calls requires action now. So today I am calling on carriers nationwide to provide consumers with free tools to address robocalls. There are call identification and blocking technologies that are available right now, which some service providers make available at no cost. It is time for every consumer to be able to access these tools for free and stop the incredible surge in these nuisance calls.” [Source: BloostonLaw Telecom Update, 01/02/2019]

Companies Respond to Rosenworcel on Consumer Robocall Blocking Tools

     Commissioner Rosenworcel released a list of companies who responded by January 14, 2019, to her December 12, 2018 letter that asked them to provide a description of any tools they offer to combat robocalls, including a description of the costs charged, if any, to consumers. AT&T indicated it offers multiple call blocking options across its platforms, saying customers of its post-paid mobile wireless, interconnected VoIP and legacy telephone services all have access to such options, many of which are available at no charge to the customer. AT&T also indicated it is blocking illegal traffic on its network where legally permitted and will continue to be actively engaged with industry stakeholders on a number of additional fronts in the fight against illegal and unwanted robocalls. CenturyLink described the tools it offers to help customers control who can reach them, indicating these calling features are available today at no additional cost with most home or business phone bundles. It said it is also evaluating new features that will make use of call authentication signaling enabled by the 2019 rollout of the new SHAKEN/STIR technology, and is looking at new uses of data analytics in conjunction with SHAKEN/STIR for new network blocking and consumer blocking and screening options. It said SHAKEN/STIR will also enable CenturyLink and allied providers to enhance the speed and effectiveness of their traceback initiative, which works to identify originators of unlawful robocalls. Comcast said it seeks to empower customers with a variety of free tools and functionalities to mitigate robocalls, including Nomorobo, a third-party cloud-based service, and free tools at the network level. It indicated in the near future it plans to deploy a centralized capability for blocking calls that appear to originate from certain invalid and unallocated numbers, and it participates in the Industry Traceback Group. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/29/2019]

Robocalls surged in 2018; Atlanta hit hardest

     The number of robocalls hit 47.8 billion in 2018, increasing 56.8% from 2017, with scam and telemarketing robocalls represented 27 billion of that total, reports YouMail, a provider of robocall blocking services. Atlanta had the most robocalls among US municipalities, with nearly 2.1 billion. Read more ... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 01/28/2019]

Seminar Series for 2018

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

Next chapter in fight over net neutrality begins

     Two court cases are likely to determine the fate of net neutrality this year: supporters' appeal of the Federal Communications Commission's repeal decision and the Trump administration's legal battle with California over state-level neutrality laws. Many experts believe the only way to end the battle is to pass clear legislation, but other analysts say that the odds of that happening are slim. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 01/03/2019]

Pai Tells Congress He Plans to Act on Local Service Rate Floor Rule Soon

     Chairman Pai sent letters to Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), French Hill (R-Ark.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) on December 28, 2018, in response to their letter on the local service rate floor rule. Pai said after several years of experience, the rule appears to impose high costs on rural consumers without any corresponding federal benefit. He noted the FCC froze in May 2017 the rate floor at the 2016 minimum rate of $18 per month until July 2019 and adopted an NPRM seeking comment on whether the Commission should eliminate the rate floor entirely. Pai indicated Commission staff are now carefully reviewing the record, and said he plans for the Commission to take action to protect rural Americans from unjustified, government-mandated rate increases in the coming months. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/31/2019]

Brought to you by broadband: Smart city predictions for 2019

     60% of the world population is expected to be urban by 2050. Thankfully, broadband is powering smart city technologies that, when implemented through smart policies and technical engineering, can alleviate stresses and increase quality of life for urbanites across the globe. Read more about the upcoming trends and predictions for smart cities in 2019. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 01/11/2019]

US steps up pressure on China's Huawei, ZTE

     A trade secret theft investigation and bipartisan bills that would ban US component sales are the latest measures the federal government is taking against Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications firms, such as ZTE. Read more ... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 01/17/2019]

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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2019 eLation Staking and Mapping User Meeting

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February 5-6, 2019
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Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2019 eLation Staking & Mapping User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. This FREE annual event will keep you informed on the most recent releases, updates to the product, and ways to promote your services. Real life scenarios, hands-on training sessions, and customer experiences with the Staking & Mapping software will highlight this year’s event.

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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

February 12, 2019 - Colorado Telecommunications Association (CTA) Winter Meeting Warwick International Hotels, Denver, Colorado

February 19, 2019 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Legislative Conference Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas

February 19-20 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM) PoliTECH Radisson Hotel, Lansing, Michigan

February 19-20 2019 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 22nd Annual Vendor Showcase Macon Marriott, Macon, Georgia

February 27-1 2019 - Louisiana Telecommunications Association 70th Annual Joint Convention with LCTA Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana

March 13-14 2019 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association - Joint Use Conference Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

March 14, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

March 14, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

March 18-20 2019 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Annual Convention & Trade Show Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 25-27 2019 - Iowa Communictions Alliance Annual Meeting and Expo Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines, Iowa

March 27, 2019 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association Government Relations Seminar Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club, Madison, Wisconsin

April 1-3, 2019 - South Carolina Telecommunications and Broadband Association (SCTBA) Annual Convention Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

April 1-3, 2019 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) and New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA) Spring Symposium Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland, Maine

April 2-4, 2019 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Tech Expo Doubletree Resort by Hilton, Sacramento, California

April 23-24, 2019 - Ohio Telecom Association (OTA) 124th Annual Convention Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio

April 24-25, 2019 - Indiana Broadband and Technology Association (IBTA) Spring Meeting Cambria Suites Hotel, Westfield, Indiana

April 24-25, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Spring Conference The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania