Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
November 2015, Volume 158 Serving the Industry for over 57 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
The Nevada Telecommunications Association 2016 Annual Convention will be held at Harvey's Resort August 16th and 17th in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Stay tuned for more information...
Niels Fugal Sons Company is this month's NTA Associate of the Month
Telecom services rank high in customer satisfaction
Telecom companies are among the highest-ranking providers of residential Internet, television and telephone services, according to a recent series of J.D. Power surveys. Key findings across three studies found that Verizon garnered the top spot for ISP customer satisfaction in the East, the South and West, while AT&T ranked first in the North Central region. In terms of telephone service, AT&T received the highest ranking in customer satisfaction in the North Central and West regions, with Verizon securing the leading position in the East and South. Read more. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 10/09/2015]
City-Run Broadband Internet Is a Disaster in the Making
Government Internet is coming to a city near you. The only question is if anything can be done to stop
the politicians scheming to bring it.
NASA gets ready to test broadband from spaceBy David Nield Tech Radar
NASA's compact CubeSats
have phoned home to
confirm they're in orbit and ready to start communicating with Earth - and that means the space agency can begin testing the viability
of getting broadband to and from space.
WCB Releases ACAM Version 2.0 and Illustrative Results
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on October 8, 2015, announcing the release of the Alternative Connect America Cost Model v2.0 for potential use in rate-of-return areas. Version 2.0 incorporates the results of the Bureau's study area boundary data collection and further updates the model. The Bureau also released results that illustrate how different per-location funding caps used in calculating support affect the potential support calculated for a particular study area. The Bureau said the model methodology for v2.0 will be made available shortly after v2.0 is publicly released. [Source: Washington Watch, 10/09/2015]
NTCA Discusses FCC Bifurcated Approach for USF Reform
NTCA spoke with Commissioner O'Rielly's Legal Advisor on October 8, 2015, to discuss materials submitted by USTelecom, NTCA, ITTA and WTA on the FCC's potential use of a bifurcated approach to cost recovery as part of its USF reforms. NTCA also discussed the need to clarify the questions that are still outstanding related to the FCC's bifurcated approach and other potential reforms. [Source: Washington Watch, 10/15/2015]
Orders on Copper Retirement Effective November 18
The FCC published the Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration in the Federal Register on October 19, 2015, requiring providers to directly notify retail customers of plans to retire copper networks at least three months in advance and to notify interconnecting carriers at least six months in advance. The FCC also denied USTelecom's Petition for Reconsideration of the November 2014 Declaratory Ruling that concluded the term service in section 214(a) is defined functionally and not solely with reference to a carrier's tariffs. The Orders are effective November 18, 2015, except for sections 51.325(a)(4) and (e), 51.332, and 51.333(b) and (c), which require OMB approval. [Source: Washington Watch, 10/19/2015]
Republicans to look at net neutrality's effect on economy
THE LEDE: The economic effect of net neutrality regulations are slated for review this fall at the House
Energy And Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology.
Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on USDA Rural Development
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a hearing on October 21, 2015, on USDA Rural Development. Among the witnesses was Brian Boisvert of Wilson Communications, testifying on behalf of NTCA. He said USDA's Rural Utilities Service plays a crucial role in rural broadband deployment, and said rural telecom providers and lenders such as RUS must have regulatory certainty before they can make greater investments in the networks of the future. He said one important key to regulatory certainty is a broadband-oriented support mechanism for small, rate-of-return carriers, which gives rural consumers options in selecting the services that best fit their needs on the networks the mechanism helps to enable and sustain. [Source: Washington Watch, 10/22/2015]
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