Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



May 2020, Volume 211     Serving the Industry for over 62 Years

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           Cooper Cooper Provides comprehensive legal representation on matters of importance to telecommunications providers, their business partners and their principals since 1896.

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           Rocky Mountain West Telecom Fugal Niels Fugal We are a professional consulting and engineering firm, investing in people, processes, systems and technologies to deliver value in terms of performance and speed.

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           Niels Fugal Niels Fugal Niels Fugal Sons Company has been serving the utility construction industry since the late 1920's and is recognized today as a well-known leader in the telecommunications and natural gas construction industry. It has been a leader, not a follower. Technology has improved, and the company has been and will continue to be on the cutting edge of those changes.

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Wireline Bureau Waives CAF II Network Performance Pre-Testing Due to Pandemic

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an order on April 3, 2020, waiving, on its own motion, certain network performance pre-testing requirements for recipients of CAF Phase II model-based support due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bureau will permit carriers to test fewer than the required number of subscriber locations during the pre-test period if testing would require installation of new equipment inside subscribers’ premises. The bureau said this waiver serves the public interest because it allows carriers to complete pre-testing on schedule while minimizing unnecessary person-to-person contact and diversion of resources more appropriately spent on critical network maintenance. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/06/2020]

Wireline Bureau Waives Lifeline Income Qualification Rule

     The Wireline Competition Bureau released an order on April 29, 2020, waiving on its own motion, until June 30, 2020, the requirement that consumers seeking to demonstrate income-based qualification for the Lifeline program must provide at least three consecutive months of documentation to confirm their income. The bureau also extended its prior waivers of the Lifeline recertification, reverification, general de-enrollment and usage requirements until June 30, 2020, and directed USAC to pause any involuntary de-enrollment of existing subscribers until that date. News release [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/30/2020]

FCC, Department of Education to Promote Remote Education

     The FCC announced on April 27, 2020, a joint effort with the Department of Education to promote the use of $16 billion in funding from the recently enacted CARES Act’s Education Stabilization Fund for remote learning. The FCC said the agencies will work with governors, states and local school districts as they leverage funding to best help students learning from home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/28/2020]

FCC Waives Lifeline De-Enrollment Rules; Extends Recertification Until May 29

     On March 30, the FCC released an Order taking “several actions to help ensure that no Lifeline subscribers are involuntarily de-enrolled from the Lifeline program during this unprecedented national pandemic.” First, the FCC temporarily waived, on its own motion, the Lifeline program’s usage requirements and general de-enrollment procedures, until May 29, 2020. Second, the FCC extended, again on its own motion, the previous waiver of the Lifeline program’s recertification and reverification rules to May 29, 2020 to ensure that all of the waiver periods for Lifeline’s de-enrollment rules will have the same duration. Third, the FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to pause any involuntary de-enrollment of existing subscribers.

     Lifeline providers are required by the program rules to de-enroll any Lifeline subscriber who the carrier has a reasonable basis to believe is no longer eligible for the program. A Lifeline provider who believes that a subscriber is no longer eligible for the program must provide that subscriber with written notice, and the subscriber then has 30 days to demonstrate their continued eligibility, or else be de-enrolled from the program. For Lifeline subscribers who do not pay a fee for their Lifeline-supported service, the subscriber’s eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) may only claim reimbursement from the Lifeline program for those subscribers who have used their Lifeline service in the past 30 days. If a Lifeline subscriber receiving a free-to-end-user service does not use their service for 30 days, the ETC must notify the subscriber that they have 15 days to “cure” the non-usage or they will be de-enrolled from the Lifeline program. Subscribers who do not use the service during the cure period must then be de-enrolled.

     Lifeline subscribers are also required to certify their continued eligibility for the program, and may also be required to provide proof of eligibility for USAC’s National Verifier eligibility determination system. As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCC, on March 17, 2020, granted a 60-day waiver of these certification requirements to ensure that no Lifeline subscriber would be de-enrolled for failing to certify or verify their continued eligibility. [Source: BloostonLaw Telecom Update, 04/01/2020]

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FCC Releases NPRM on Detariffing Telephone Access Charges

     The FCC released the NPRM on detariffing telephone access charges on April 1, 2020, adopted prior to the FCC’s March 31, 2020 Open Meeting. The FCC proposes to eliminate ex ante pricing regulation and require detariffing of various end-user charges associated with interstate access service and prohibit carriers from separately listing these charges on customer telephone bills. Comments are due 45 days after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register; replies are due 75 days after FR. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/02/2020]

FCC Issues 2020 Broadband Deployment Report

     The FCC released its 2020 broadband deployment report on April 24, 2020, finding the digital divide continues to narrow and for a third consecutive year, advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed on a reasonable and timely basis. The report found the number of Americans lacking access to fixed terrestrial broadband service at 25/3 Mbps continues to decline, going down by more than 14% in 2018 and more than 30% between 2016 and 2018. The FCC also said the number of Americans without access to 4G LTE mobile broadband with a median speed of 10/3 Mbps fell approximately 54% between 2017 and 2018. The FCC said over 85% of Americans now have access to fixed terrestrial broadband service at 250/25 Mbps, a 47% increase since 2017, and the number of rural Americans having access to 250/25 Mbps fixed terrestrial broadband service has tripled between 2016 and 2018. News release [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/27/2020]

FCC Says Broadband Deployment is Reasonable, Timely

     The Federal Communications Commission has released its annual Broadband Deployment Report, which revealed the number of Americans lacking access to fixed terrestrial broadband service at 25/3 Mbps continued to decline, going down by more than 14% in 2018. The report finds for the third consecutive year that advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed on a reasonable and timely basis. This progress has been fueled in part by the broadband industry's approximately $80 billion investment in network infrastructure in 2018, the highest annual amount in at least the last decade. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/28/2020]

Imperva: Bad bots make up a quarter of web traffic

     Bad bots accounted for nearly a quarter of website traffic last year, reports cybersecurity provider Imperva, which collected data from its global network. Malware bots, which are behind many schemes involving spam, account takeover and content scraping, often impersonate browsers and frequently target the financial industry, marketplaces and government. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/22/2020]

Team Fishel Team Fishel Serving the telecommunications industry since 1936, Team Fishel is the Best Choice for Utility Engineering, Construction, Installation and Maintenance.

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           Cooper Cooper Provides comprehensive legal representation on matters of importance to telecommunications providers, their business partners and their principals since 1896.

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           Rocky Mountain West Telecom Niels Fugal We are a professional consulting and engineering firm, investing in people, processes, systems and technologies to deliver value in terms of performance and speed.

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           Niels Fugal Niels Fugal Niels Fugal Sons Company has been serving the utility construction industry since the late 1920*s and is recognized today as a well-known leader in the telecommunications and natural gas construction industry. It has been a leader, not a follower. Technology has improved, and the company has been and will continue to be on the cutting edge of those changes.

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