Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
March 2015, Volume 150 Serving the Industry for over 57 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
This months NTA Associate of the Month features Core Telecom Systems.
Learn more about Core Telecom Systems by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.
The 2015 Nevada Legislature is in session.
See 78th Nevada Legislative Session below to view the list of BDRs and Bills the NTA is tracking.
And so it begins...
Telecoms reacted negatively to the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet decision Thursday, saying that regulatory uncertainty would stifle broadband investment. USTelecom President Walter McCormick said the group was preparing to file a lawsuit alleging the government has gone beyond the scope of its authority. AT&T and Verizon Communications also objected to the decision, as did a number of congressional Republicans. VentureBeat (2/26), Light Reading (2/26), The Hill (2/26), The Verge (2/26)
NTCA, WTA, ERTA, NECA Support Petition for Declaratory Ruling on IntraMTA Rule
NTCA, WTA, ERTA and NECA filed comments on February 9, 2015, supporting the Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by Bright House Networks, CenturyLink LECs, et al., asking the FCC to confirm that the intraMTA rule does not apply to LEC charges billed to an IXC when the IXC terminates traffic to or receives traffic from a LEC via tariffed switched access services. The associations requested the Commission declare that: IXCs are not eligible to invoke the intraMTA rule and its benefits; that CMRS carriers and any other entities invoking the intraMTA rule are required to cooperate in advance with LECs to identify, measure or estimate the amounts of intraMTA traffic comingled with other traffic; and that no retroactive relief such as that sought by the IXCs for amounts already paid will be granted and self-help tactics in this regard are inconsistent with both Commission rules and policy. [Source: Washington Watch, 02/10/2015]
FCC Adopts Open Internet Rules, Reclassifies Broadband Internet Access as Title II Service
The FCC issued a News Release on February 26, 2015, announcing it adopted a Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order at its February 26, 2015 Open Meeting that reclassifies broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II. The Commission said the new rules would apply to fixed and mobile broadband alike, and include bright line rules, such as no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization, as well as give the FCC authority to address interconnection concerns. The Order forbears from enforcing 27 provisions of Title II and over 700 associated regulations that are not relevant to modern broadband service, including rate regulation and last-mile unbundling, and does not require broadband providers to contribute to the federal USF at this time. The FCC said it will enforce the Open Internet rules through formal and informal complaints. Order not yet released. [Source: Washington Watch, 02/26/2015]
Commissioner Pai Responds to President Obama Internet Plan
Commissioner Pai released a statement on February 6, 2015, responding to President Obama's 332-page Internet plan. Commissioner Pai expressed disappointment that the plan will not be released publicly, and said the plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. Pai claimed the plan will increase consumers' monthly broadband bills, will mean slower consumer broadband, will hurt competition and innovation and move us toward a broadband monopoly, and asserted it is an unlawful power grab. [Source: Washington Watch, 02/09/2015]
FCC Clarifies Rural Call Completion Order Recording Requirements
The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Declaratory Ruling on February 13, 2015, on the Rural Call Completion Order to clarify that covered providers must abide by the definitions of call attempt categories specified in the text of the Rural Call Completion Order and may not count unanswered call attempts as answered calls when recording and reporting call attempts. Level 3 and Verizon had raised concerns that release cause code 16 is also used to indicate that the calling party hung up before the called party answered, i.e., when the call attempt was not answered. The Bureau said the text of the Order and the language in Appendix C can and should be read in a consistent manner. [Source: Washington Watch, 02/18/2015]
NTA Bill Tracking
Congressional Research Service Issues Paper on Net Neutrality
The Congressional Research Service issued a paper on February 5, 2015, entitled Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate, detailing FCC and Congressional activity in the Open Internet proceeding, industry initiatives, and network management issues. The paper stated a major focus in the net neutrality debate revolves around whether the current framework is sufficient for policy makers to take the necessary steps to ensure access to the Internet for content, services, and application providers, as well as consumers. It said while there is no single accepted definition of net neutrality, most agree that any such definition should include the general principles that owners of the networks that compose and provide access to the Internet should not control how consumers lawfully use that network, and they should not be able to discriminate against content provider access to that network. [Source: Washington Watch, 02/20/2015]
Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on FCC Oversight on March 18
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation issued a notice on February 26, 2015, announcing it will hold a hearing on March 18, 2015, entitled Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission. The hearing will cover every aspect of the agency, from its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request to major policy issues before the Commission, and will be the Committee's first public opportunity to directly question the Commission about its Open Internet Order. The Committee is also expected to explore matters related to the modernization of the nation's communications laws and the reauthorization of the agency, which has not occurred in 25 years. [Source: Washington Watch, 02/27/2015]
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