Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter

Alcatel-Lucent debuts home network hub for gigabit service

Alcatel-Lucent has introduced an optical network terminal/home network hub with dual-band Wi-Fi, supporting 802.11ac/n in the 5 gigahertz band and 802.11b/g/n in the 2.4 GHz band. The product is in customer trials, with release scheduled for the third quarter.

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Up Coming Events

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

June 2-4 2015 - Indiana Telecommunications Association (ITA) Annual Convention(1) French Lick Springs Resort, French Lick, Indiana

June 2-4 2015 - Ohio Telecom Association (OTA) Annual Showcase & Tech Show Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

June 3-5 2015 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) Joint Annual Meeting Salishan Spa and Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon

June 3-5 2015 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) Joint Annual Meeting Salishan Spa and Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon

June 7-9 2015 - Indiana Telecommunications Association (ITA) Annual Convention(2) French Lick Springs Resort, French Lick, Indiana

June 13-16 2015 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 93rd Annual Meeting The Westin & Convention Center, Jekyll Island, Georgia

June 18-20 2015 - Carolinas-Virginias Telephone Membership Asssociation (CVTMA) Annual Conference Myrtle Beach Marriott, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

July 13-15 2015 - North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC) Summer Conference(2) Medora Community Center, Medora, North Dakota

July 13-15 2015 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) 113th Annual Convention The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania

July 22-23 2015 - Colorado Telecommunications Association (CTA) Summer Meeting Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colorado

July 26-29 2015 - Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association (MTIA) Summer Conference(1) Hilton Branson Convention Center, Branson, Missouri

Seminar Series for 2015

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

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May 2015, Volume 152           Serving the Industry for over 57 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

Industry News

FCC News

Federal Legislation


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78th Nevada Legislative Session, NTA Bill Tracker

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NTCA Discusses Universal Service Contribution Reforms

     NTCA spoke with Commissioner Pai and his Legal Advisor, and Legal Advisors to Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners O'Rielly and Clyburn on April 7 and 8, 2015, to discuss potential universal service contribution reforms. NTCA urged a thoughtful look at how the Commission can best ensure the sustainability and viability of important universal service programs. It also urged the Commission to move forward with consideration of a voluntary model for those small rural carriers who might seek such an option, and to redouble efforts on much-needed updates to the baseline foundational programs that enable universal service in areas served by all such carriers.[Source: Washington Watch, 04/10/2015]

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Low unemployment in telecom sector

     Unemployment among the telecom sector reached a low of 1.7% in March, compared to 1.9% in February, 3.1% in January and 6.1% in December, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Additional data on the industry shows employment growing from 861,500 in December 2014 to 863,400 in March 2015. In addition, wages calculated across all telecom employees averaged $31 per hour with an estimated 38.6 hours of work weekly. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/21/2015]

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NTCA, WTA, NECA File Updated Information on RoR Broadband Support Proposal

     NTCA, WTA and NECA filed a letter on April 21, 2015, providing further materials on their Data Connection Support proposal for targeted updates to existing high-cost USF mechanisms. The rural associations included: an updated sheet showing the disparity in what consumers pay today in the absence of USF support for broadband data connections and what they might pay if ICLS-like DCS support were available for such connections; a description of the DCS mechanism; a rule summary and updated proposed draft rules; a chart and reference to existing cost accounting and allocation rules to demonstrate how double recovery of costs would be precluded; and a price-out comparing, on a study area-specific basis, support available under the DCS proposal over time as consumers migrate to broadband connections with support that would be available under legacy USF mechanisms and/or A-CAM Scenario 1.1. [Source: Washington Watch, 04/22/2015]

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Open Internet Order Published in Federal Register, Effective June 12

     The FCC published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2015, the FCC's March 12, 2015 Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling and Order. The Order will become effective June 12, 2015, except for the information collection requirements in paragraphs 164, 166, 167, 169, 173, 174, 179, 180 and 181, which require OMB approval. The FCC will publish a separate document in the Federal Register announcing such approval and the relevant effective date(s). [Source: Washington Watch, 04/13/2015]

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FCC Announces 2015 Local Service Rate Floor and Reasonable Comparability Benchmarks for Fixed Voice and Broadband Services

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on April 16, 2015, announcing the 2015 local service rate floor for incumbent ETCs and the reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and broadband services. The 2015 rate floor for voice services is $21.22, and the reasonable comparability benchmark for voice services is $47.48. The reasonable comparability broadband benchmark varies, depending upon the supported service's download and upload bandwidths and usage allowance, and for 2015 the benchmarks range from $71.40 for 10/1 Mbps (100 GB usage allowance) through $96.98 for 25/5 Mbps (unlimited usage). All ETCs that are ILEC recipients of high-cost support must report in their annual FCC Form 481 the number of residential service lines for which the sum of the local rate and state fees (as of June 1, 2015) is below $21.22 by July 1, 2015. Per the June 2014 Order, in which the Commission phased in the associated support reductions, to the extent that an ILEC's local rates (plus state regulated fees) in 2015 are less than $16, that carrier's high-cost support will be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis. [Source: Washington Watch, 04/17/2015]

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FCC Approves NECA Average Schedule Formula Revisions

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order on April 29, 2015, approving NECA's December 23, 2014 proposed modification of average schedule formulas for interstate settlements, for the period beginning July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. [Source: Washington Watch, 04/29/2015]

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FCC offers telecom providers $1.7B in subsidies from USF

     The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to give rural telecoms an additional $1.7 billion in funding as it shifts the Universal Service Fund from traditional phone to broadband service, the agency said Wednesday. The FCC hopes the funds will help provide broadband service for an additional 8.5 million people. Broadcasting & Cable (4/29), Wireless Week (4/29) [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/30/2015]

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78th Nevada Legislative Session

NTA Bill Tracking


AB 75

Revise provisions governing the regulatory obligations of a public utility upon seeking authority from the PUCN to increase annual gross operating revenues.


AB 179

Revises provisions governing personal information.


AB 200

Makes various changes to the program to provide devices for telecommunications to persons with impaired speech and hearing.


AB 433

Revises provisions governing interception of wire, oral or electronic communications.


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.


SB 109

Revises provisions relating to county-owned telephone companies.


SB 112

Revises provisions relating to telecommunications (PMP/PIP).


SB 289

Revises provisions relating to the protection of technology.

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Chairman Wheeler Responds to Congress on Open Internet

     Chairman Wheeler sent a letter to Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) on March 25, 2015, in response to his letter expressing concern that the FCC's Open Internet decision would have a disproportionate impact on small and mid-sized ISPs and jeopardize their ability to make future investments in their networks. Chairman Wheeler said the Order included a temporary exemption for small providers from the enhanced transparency rule and directed the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to adopt an order by December 15, 2015, on whether to make the exception for small providers permanent. Chairman Wheeler also responded to letters from Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.)( response), Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), et al. ( response), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), et al. ( response), all of which had urged the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II. Chairman Wheeler said, based on the input of all stakeholders, the FCC adopted the strongest possible open Internet protections in the Order. [Source: Washington Watch, 04/10/2015]

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House Subcommittee Members Introduce Three Bills on FCC Transparency

     The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a Press Release on April 21, 2015, announcing that members of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee unveiled three draft proposals to improve transparency at the Federal Communications Commission. The draft bills will be the focus of the Subcommittee's hearing on April 30, 2015, entitled FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency. The draft bill by Bob Latta (R-Ohio) would require the FCC to publish a list of items that are placed on delegated, bureau level authority in lieu of a Commission vote. The draft bill by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) would require the FCC to publish the draft of a rulemaking, order, report or any other action when it is circulated to the Commissioners for a vote, and the draft bill by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) would require the FCC to publish new rules on the same day that they are adopted. Commissioner Pai issued a statement on the bills. [Source: Washington Watch, 04/22/2015]

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GAO Recommends FCC Conduct Lifeline Program Evaluation, Commissioner O'Rielly Agrees

     The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report entitled the FCC Should Evaluate the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Lifeline Program on April 23, 2015. The GAO suggested the FCC conduct a program evaluation to determine the extent to which the Lifeline program is efficiently and effectively reaching its performance goals. The GAO asserted that without a program evaluation, the FCC does not know whether Lifeline is effectively ensuring the availability of telephone service for low-income households while minimizing program costs. The GAO indicated the FCC will address GAO's recommendation. Commissioner O'Rielly released a statement on the report on April 23, 2015, saying the report raises significant and fundamental concerns regarding the Lifeline program, and asserted the current program is inefficient, costly, and in serious need of review. [Source: Washington Watch, 04/24/2015]

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