Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
January 2016, Volume 160 Serving the Industry for over 58 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
Wishing everyone a happy, prosperous and safe New Year!!
I would like to thank everyone for all their help and support during 2015. With your assistance the NTA
was able to once again support the industry through legislative and advocacy efforts that lay the ground work for future prosperity and
growth. I look forward to working with this amazing group in 2016 to continue our hard work toward a brighter future.
Team Fishel is this month's NTA Associate of the Month!
USAC Files Federal USF Quarterly Contribution Base for 1Q 2016
USAC filed its Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Quarterly Contribution Base for First Quarter 2016 on December 2, 2015. The total projected collected interstate and international end-user revenue base to be used in determining the contribution factor for the USF Support Mechanism for 1Q 2016 is $14,928,528,139, which represents a decrease of over $72 million from Fourth Quarter 2015. [Source: Washington Watch, 11/03/2015]
NECA Discusses Allocation of Expenses, Assets Under Bifurcated Approach
NECA spoke via telephone with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on December 7, 2015, to discuss the mechanics of allocating various expenses and support assets under the Commission's proposed bifurcated approach. It discussed the treatment of these allocations using existing separations and apportionment rules, as well as approaches to allocate support assets that would be bifurcated before and after a date certain. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/10/2015]
Internet tax ban likely to become permanent
A proposal to permanently prevent states from taxing access to the Internet is included in a broader bill
expected to pass Congress.
FCC Releases A-CAM v2.1 and Illustrative Results
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on December 17, 2015, announcing the release of A-CAM v2.1, which incorporates study area-specific plant mix values submitted by rate-of-return carriers, updates broadband coverage data to address issues raised by rate-of-return commenters regarding reported competitive coverage, and provides an alternative coverage option that excludes from support calculations census blocks served with either FTTP or cable, as requested by ITTA. The Bureau also released results that illustrate how the two different coverage assumptions used in calculating support affect the potential support calculated for a particular study area. Both sets of results are calculated using a $200 per-location funding cap. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/18/2015]
NTCA Responds to A-CAM Version 2.1 and Illustrative Results
NTCA filed a letter on December 22, 2015, on the release of A-CAM Version 2.1. NTCA said the illustrative result 4.2 of the A-CAM, which as requested by ITTA, shows what model-based support could be available if no funding were provided for census blocks where a rate-of-return RLEC had already deployed FTTP or cable modem network technologies to serve consumers. NTCA claimed Report 4.2 could be read to convey a policy position that those networks already built by RLECs seeking to advance universal service are somehow less important, and less in need of sufficient ongoing funding, than those higher-capacity networks that are still to be built by other RLECs. NTCA suggested, among other things, the FCC explicitly acknowledge as a policy matter that there are ongoing costs associated with operating and maintaining networks once they are built and delivering services over them; and consider as well other means of targeting model-based support toward areas that need it most without somehow inferring that there are no costs of operating networks and providing services after networks are initially deployed. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/24/2015]
Dems rip FCC chief after House testimony
Five Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's telecom subcommittee are voicing their displeasure with Federal Communications Committee Chairman Tom Wheeler's performance at an oversight hearing last month. Full story... [Source: Washington Watch, 12/09/2015]
Senate Committee Approves Commissioner Rosenworcel Reappointment
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved on December 9, 2015, the reappointment of Commissioner Rosenworcel for another term as an FCC Commissioner. Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner O'Rielly issued statements. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/10/2015]
Senators Express Concern With Municipal Broadband Order, Seek FCC Response
Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Pat Roberts, (R-Kan.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) sent Chairman Wheeler a letter on December 11, 2015, regarding the February 2015 FCC Order that preempted Tennessee and North Carolina state laws regulating government-owned broadband networks. They asserted the FCC is promoting government-owned networks at the possible expense of private sector broadband providers who have made strides to deploy networks throughout the country. They requested the FCC respond to their questions on FCC activities relating to municipal broadband by January 4, 2016. [Source: Washington Watch, 12/14/2015]
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