Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
July 2016, Volume 165 Serving the Industry for over 58 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
Nevada Telecommunications Association 58th Annual Convention
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AT&T plans appeal of open internet court ruling
Attorneys for AT&T say they'll appeal the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that let stand the Federal Communications Commission's open internet rules. "We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court, and we look forward to participating in that appeal," said David McAtee, AT&T's general counsel. TheStreet.com (6/14), Wireless Week (6/14) [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/15/2016]
FCC's privacy approach harmful to consumers
Consumers will be deprived of a consistent and predictable approach to the privacy of internet communications if the Federal Communications Commission proceeds with a proposal aimed at regulating only one set of players in the internet economy: broadband internet service providers. In comments filed with the FCC, USTelecom criticized the proposal's broad opt-in mandate, which is a radical departure from the long-standing privacy framework the Federal Trade Commission has been successfully managing for many years. The FTC model enjoys the support of the White House, which advocates its use internationally. Under the approach the FCC is recommending, consumers would be required to give consent for many uses of non-sensitive consumer data. Read more. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/15/2016]
Budget Mechanism for RoR USF Support to be Implemented in September 2016
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on June 29, 2016, announcing the budget control mechanism for rate-of-return carriers' high-cost USF support will be implemented in September 2016. The Bureau indicated USAC has calculated as of July 2016 the total support available to be distributed to RoR carriers and adjustments to each carrier's support to implement the mechanism to ensure that disbursements remain within the $2 billion budget adopted in 2011. The new support amounts announced by USAC will apply to support payments beginning in September 2016. USAC's budget control analysis for RoR carriers can be found at: http://www.usac.org/hc/program-requirements/budget-control-rate-of-return.aspx. [Source: Washington Watch, 06/30/2016]
D.C. Circuit Denies Challenges to Open Internet Order
The D.C. Circuit issued a decision on June 13, 2016, denying all of the petitions for review of the FCC's March 12, 2015 Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling and Order. The court held that the Commission has statutory authority to classify broadband as a telecommunications service, and found the Commission's reclassification of mobile broadband as a commercial mobile service is reasonable and supported by the record. The court also denied challenges to the Commission decision to forbear from numerous provisions of the Communications Act, and rejected challenges to the rules promulgated in the Order that ban blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and impose a general conduct rule and an enhanced transparency rule. [Source: Washington Watch, 06/14/2016]
FCC Announces Third Quarter 2016 USF Contribution Factor
The FCC Managing Director issued a Public Notice on June 14, 2016, announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter of 2016 will be 17.9 percent, unchanged from last quarter. [Source: Washington Watch, 06/15/2016]
Senate Commerce Committee Approves Rural Call Completion Bill
The Senate Committee on Commerce approved S. 827, Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2015, on June 29, 2016. The bill proposed that within 180 days after the date of the enactment, the FCC shall promulgate rules to establish a public registry of intermediate providers and service quality standards for the transmission of covered voice communications by intermediate providers. [Source: Washington Watch, 06/30/2016]
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