Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter

Moss Adams' CHR Acquisition Consolidates Tier 3 Telecom Suppliers

Moss Adams LLP's plan to acquire the regulatory compliance and financial consulting portion of CHR Solutions, announced 12/17/2014, will bring together two key suppliers with a strong focus on the Tier 3 telecom market. Moss Adams is one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in the nation – and its communications and media practice has a strong... Read more

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Up Coming Events

January 11-13, 2015 - Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA) Broadband Forum(2), Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

January 25-28, 2015 - Alaska Telephone Association Winter Conference(1) Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Hawaii

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 148, January 2015
Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

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Federal Legislation


Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!!!

Best wishes from the NTA to all of you. Hoping 2015 is the greatest year ever!!!

Congratulations to Corning Optical Communications
January's NTA Associate of the Month!

Learn more about Corning Optical Communications 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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Fifty U.S. cities bond together to home-grow broadband

     By Nancy Scola The Washington Post      There is a club of U.S. mayors fixated on improving the way broadband Internet works in their cities. And, while it's new, it's growing. Called Next Century Cities, the group added Medina County, Ohio, this week and now numbers 50 cities (and the occasional county). That makes 50 municipalities now turning their attention to understanding how to best bring broadband to their citizens, whether that's figuring out how to build out Internet connections to historic buildings or passing bonds to pay for new fiber networks. Complete Story [Source: Washington Watch, 12/11/2014]

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After Sony, North Korean hackers may target telecoms and utilities

     The extensive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment demonstrates that North Korea has the capability to disrupt the online operations of telecoms and utilities, according to defectors from the secretive nation. "North Korea's ultimate goal in cyberstrategy is to be able to attack national infrastructure of South Korea and the United States," says Kim Heung-kwang, a computer science professor who left North Korea a decade ago. "The hacking of Sony Pictures is similar to previous attacks that were blamed on North Korea and is a result of training and efforts made with the goal of destroying infrastructure." Reuters (12/19) [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 12/19/2014]

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White Paper Finds Decline in Rate-of-Return Carriers Financial State

     The Rural Broadband Alliance announced on December 22, 2014, Harold Furchtgott-Roth and Kathleen Wallman released a white paper entitled An Assessment of the Operational and Financial Health Of Rate-of-Return Telecommunications Companies in More Than 700 Study Areas: 2007-2012. The study concluded the operational and financial health of the rural rate-of-return industry has been declining since 2007, and that the decline was more markedly adverse in the period 2011-2012 following implementation of the Transformation Order. The study is based on an analysis of data examining 705 rural rate-of-return carrier study areas, and is based on publicly available data maintained by NECA. RBA said the data demonstrate that investment by small rural rate-of-return carriers slowed significantly after the release of the 2011Transformation Order. The study was partially underwritten by a grant from the RBA. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/22/2014]

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FCC Releases CAF Phase II Order

     The FCC released the CAF Phase II Program Report and Order on December 18, 2014, that was adopted at its December 11, 2014 Open Meeting. For rate-of-return carriers, the Commission adopted its proposal to freeze the NACPL and use an adjustment factor on all recipients' High Cost Loop Support payments to satisfy the overall fund cap, and adopted a process for periodic determination of whether an unsubsidized competitor provides voice and broadband service across 100 percent of an RLEC service area and how support would be eliminated in those cases. The FCC required companies receiving CAF Phase II support for fixed broadband to provide at least 10/1 Mbps broadband service, increasing the required speed from the current 4/1 Mbps, made changes to the framework for the offer of model-based support to price cap carriers, and addressed where Phase II support will be available, both for the offer of model-based support to price cap carriers and the subsequent Phase II competitive bidding process. The FCC also forbore from price cap carriers' obligation to offer voice service in certain circumstances. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/19/2014]

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FCC Announces First Quarter 2015 Proposed Universal Service Contribution Factor

     The FCC's Office of Managing Director released a Public Notice on December 15, 2014, announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2015 will be 16.8 percent, up from 16.1 percent in the previous quarter. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/16/2014]

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FCC Releases E-rate Modernization Second Report and Order

     The FCC released a Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration on December 19, 2014, increasing the E-rate spending cap from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. The Order also allows schools and libraries to build broadband facilities themselves when it is the most cost-effective option; provides an incentive for state support of last-mile broadband facilities through a match from E-rate of up to 10 percent of the cost of construction; and requires carriers that receive subsidies from the High Cost program to offer high-speed broadband to schools and libraries located in geographic areas receiving those subsidies at rates reasonably comparable to similar services in urban areas. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/22/2014]

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FCC Announces Release of FCC Forms 499

     The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice on December 23, 2014, announcing the release of Form 499-A and accompanying instructions to be used in 2015 to report 2014 revenues, and Form 499-Q with instructions to be used in 2015 to report projected collected revenues on a quarterly basis. The Bureau indicated that due to the de minimis nature of the revisions to Forms 499-A and 499-Q and accompanying instructions, it did not separately issue a Public Notice seeking specific comment on the revisions. The revised FCC Forms and the accompanying instructions will be available soon on USAC's web site at [Source: Washington Watch, 12/24/2014]

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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.

  272 Make various changes relating to court interpreters.
  16-282 Authorize certain offenders to access telecommunication devices.
  38-419 Makes various changes to the program to provide devices for telecommunications to persons with impaired speech and hearing.
  54-420 Makes various changes related to interpreters of sign language.
  603 Revises provisions relating to county-owned telephone companies.

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Democratic Senators Send Letter to Republican Senators on Net Neutrality

     Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), et al. sent a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) on December 18, 2014, to state that any reforms made to the Communications Act must be fully consistent with protective net neutrality principles. They said net neutrality rules must contain at least four essential elements: prohibiting fast lanes; preventing discrimination against and blocking of lawful content; prohibiting throttling; and increasing transparency. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/23/2014]

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Chairman Wheeler Responds to Congress on Open Internet

     Chairman Wheeler responded to a letter from Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) on November 19, 2014, who suggested a hybrid approach for open Internet rules. Chairman Wheeler said there are three bright lines for any open Internet rules: no blocking, no throttling, and no fast lanes. Chairman Wheeler also responded to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who urged the FCC to adopt a comprehensive set of open Internet rules that apply to both fixed and mobile broadband services. Chairman Wheeler agreed with Rep. Eshoo that any rules adopted must be based on solid legal ground, and agreed with concerns about providers blocking or degrading lawful content and Internet traffic. He also said he opposes fast lanes that degrade the quality of the consumer's experience or create an artificial structure that interferes with the virtuous cycle of the Internet ecosystem. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/05/2014]

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