Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
November 2016, Volume 169 Serving the Industry for over 58 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
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USAC Publishes Capital Investment Allowance Results for RoR Carriers
The Wireline Competition Bureau announced on September 30, 2016, that USAC published resources to aid rate-of-return carriers in determining their Capital Investment Allowance, which sets a maximum for capital investment expenses that a rate-of-return carrier may include for purposes of calculating HCLS and CAF BLS. [Source: Washington Watch, 10/04/2016]
Internet of Things Devices Used to Orchestrate Distributed-Denial-of-Service Attack
A number of major internet sites were affected by a distributed-denial-of-service attack against web service provider Dyn on Friday. The source of the extensive attack is still being investigated, but it is clear that the hackers infected internet-connected household devices and used them in the attack. USA Today (10/23), Wired.com (10/21) [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 10/24/2016]
FCC Adopts Broadband Privacy Rules
The FCC released a Notice announcing the Commission has adopted an Order at its October 27, 2016 Open Meeting, adopting rules that require broadband ISPs to protect the privacy of their customers. The rules separate the use and sharing of information into three categories: opt-in, opt-out and exceptions to consent requirements. The rules also include transparency requirements, a requirement that broadband providers engage in reasonable data security practices, guidelines on steps ISPs should consider taking, and common-sense data breach notification requirements. The scope of the rules is limited to broadband service providers and other telecommunications carriers, and do not apply to the privacy practices of web sites and other edge services over which the Federal Trade Commission has authority. [Source; Washington Watch, 10/27/2016]
USTelecom Seeks Waiver of Lifeline Eligibility Requirements
USTelecom filed a Petition on October 3, 2016, seeking a waiver of the revised rules 54.400(j) and 54.409(a), and applicable sections of the Lifeline Reform Order to permit Lifeline providers to continue enrolling consumers in the federal Lifeline program based on state-specific program and income eligibility criteria in the states reflected in Attachment A. USTelecom asserted multiple stakeholders have legitimate concerns regarding the inconsistencies between federal and state eligibility criteria resulting from the Lifeline Order, as it noted in its Petition for Reconsideration of the Order. USTelecom said such waiver should expire at the earlier of 18 months from its grant or 60 days after the state notifies the Commission and all ETCs in the state that it has aligned its eligibility criteria with the federal criteria. [Source; Washington Watch, 10/05/2016]
NTCA and WTA Seek Waiver of Provisions of Lifeline Reform Order
NTCA and WTA filed a Petition on October 24, 2016, seeking a temporary waiver of the language contained in the Lifeline Reform Order that requires ETCs receiving high-cost support to offer a Lifeline-supported standalone broadband offering where the ETC is required to offer Lifeline-supported BIAS. NTCA and WTA said the high-cost USF programs that enable the provision of standalone broadband offerings by RLECs in rural areas provide insufficient support to ensure reasonable comparability between the rates paid by rural and urban consumers. They also argued until the High-Cost USF mechanism enables access by all rural consumers to standalone broadband services at reasonably comparable rates, it would be futile for RLECs to undertake the effort to create and track specialized standalone broadband Lifeline offerings for low-income rural consumers. [Source; Washington Watch, 10/25/2016]
AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon Suggest FCC Replace Part 32 With GAAP
AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon met with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on October 11, 2016, to suggest the FCC replace the Part 32 rules with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles accounting. They agreed maintaining the Part 32 account structure is a reasonable approach and recognizes the Commission will likely want to look at multiple years of data in the event it ever needs to review the accounting data. They also agreed that the possibility of increases in pole attachment rates resulting from the change from Part 32 rules to GAAP is an important concern on which the industry will follow up subsequently with Commission staff. [Source; Washington Watch, 10/17/2016]
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