Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
October 2016, Volume 168 Serving the Industry for over 58 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
This month's NTA Associate of the Month is Unitel Insurance!
Learn more about Unitel Insurance and what they do by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.
Please welcome our newest NTA Associate member, Henkels and McCoy!
Connecting people by designing and building critical infrastructure for the communications markets, power, oil & gas pipeline, and gas distribution. Exceling in project management, engineering, construction, installation and maintenance services for utility, commercial, industrial and government customers.
USAC Files Federal USF Support Mechanisms Fourth Quarter Contribution Base
USAC filed its Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Quarterly Contribution Base for Fourth Quarter 2016 report on September 1, 2016. The total projected collected interstate and international end-user revenue base to be used in determining the contribution factor for the USF support mechanisms for fourth quarter 2016 is $14,218,125,939, down from $14,556,193,831 for the previous quarter. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/02/2016]
Wireline Competition Bureau Releases RoR Carrier Broadband Deployment Percentages
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on September 19, 2016, releasing the weighted average broadband deployment for all RoR carriers and the relevant deployment figure for each individual carrier based on December 2015 Form 477 data, pursuant to the Rate-of-Return USF Reform Order. The Bureau said these broadband deployment percentages will be used to calculate the capital investment allowance for 2017 and the broadband deployment obligations RoR carriers that receive support based on legacy mechanisms will be required to fulfill over a five-year period (i.e., 2017 through 2021). Based on December 2015 data, the weighted average broadband deployment for all RoR carriers is 74 percent. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/20/2016]
Urban Rate Survey Due October 25
The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on September 22, 2016, announcing it will shortly be initiating the urban rate survey for 2017. The information collected in the survey will be used, among other things, to develop voice and broadband reasonable comparability benchmarks that will be in place in 2017. The Bureau said notifications that a provider is required to complete a survey will be sent via email to each selected provider's FCC Form 477 contact person and certifying official on or around September 22, 2016. Completed surveys will be due on October 25. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/23/2016]
FCC must change course on privacy
Opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's proposed broadband privacy rules continues to grow. The recently filed "reply round" comments, new reports, expert submissions to the FCC and testimony before Congress all demonstrate a growing consensus that the FCC's proposed approach is flawed and a new course must be taken -- one that protects consumer data, encourages innovation and growth online, and provides consistent standards for all internet companies. The record before the FCC in its formal docket -- and the broader public debate -- establish a consensus that the agency's original approach to broadband privacy will harm consumers and undermine the internet economy. Learn more. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 09/02/2016]
New Regulatory Fees Effective September 26
The FCC published its revised Schedule of Regulatory Fees in the Federal Register on September 26, 2016, to recover an amount of $384,012,497 that Congress has required the Commission to collect for fiscal year 2016. The rules are effective September 26, 2016. The FCC said to avoid penalties and interest, regulatory fees should be paid by the due date of September 27, 2016. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/26/2016]
FCC Issues Supplemental Small Entity Compliance Guide for RoR USF Obligations
The FCC issued a Supplemental Small Entity Compliance Guide on September 27, 2016, intended to help small entities comply with the revised rules adopted in the March 30, 2016 RoR USF Reform Order. It describes the service and reporting obligations for rate-of-return carriers that voluntarily elect, on a state-level basis, to receive CAF A-CAM model-based support or choose to remain on legacy mechanisms. The guide details various performance, deployment and reporting obligations for all RoR carriers receiving high-cost support, including speed, latency, data usage, buildout, reporting, certification, recordkeeping, interconnection and pricing. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/28/2016]
Ranking Members Call for House Hearing on Robocalls
Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), all Ranking Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sent a letter to Rep. Frank Upon (R-Mich.), Chairman of the Committee, on September 1, 2016, to request the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade hold a hearing to update and rewrite the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. They said technology is allowing telemarketers to circumvent existing rules, and while the FCC and the FTC have been doing what they can under the existing laws, consumer complaints are on the rise. They suggested a number of issues for consideration, and said it is time to hold a hearing on how best to protect today's consumer from unwanted commercial robocalls. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/02/2016]
House Passes Communications Act Update of 2016
The House amended and passed S. 253, The Communications Act Update of 2016, on September 27, 2016. The amendments to the bill include the following previously approved House bills: H.R. 2566, Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability; H.R. 2669, Anti-Spoofing Act of 2016; H.R. 2583, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act; H.R. 734, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act; H.R. 4596, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act; and three other communications bills. This legislation moves to the Senate for consideration. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/28/2016]
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