Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



October 2019, Volume 204     Serving the Industry for over 61 Years

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 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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2020 NTA Conference

     I am pleased to announce the NTA will hold next year's conference at the Atlantic Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. Mark your calendar for September 8-9, 2020 and plan to attend!!! It's never too early to talk about presentations, so, any Associate member that has a topic is encouraged to contact Mike Eifert at 775-827-0191.
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2019 NTA Conference Photo Gallery

     That's right, the eagerly anticipated release of our fabulous conference photos are on line. Enjoy!!


USAC Files Federal USF Support Mechanisms 4Q Contribution Base

     USAC filed the Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Quarterly Contribution Base for fourth quarter 2019 on August 30, 2019. 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 2019 is $11,017,439,561, down from $11,483,305,614 in the previous quarter. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/03/2019]

FCC Announces Fourth Quarter USF Contribution Factor

     The FCC Office of Managing Director released a public notice on September 12, 2019, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2019 will be 25 percent, up from the previous quarters 24.4 percent. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/13/2019]

Seminar Series for 2019

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

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FCC Spending, Agriculture Bill

     The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2020 spending bill on September 19, 2019, that funds the U.S. Treasury Department, the Executive Office of the President and numerous independent agencies. The bill, among other things, includes $339 million for the FCC, which is offset by regulatory fees and provides $132.5 million for the spectrum auctions program. The Committee also approved a FY 2020 agriculture appropriations bill, which provides discretionary funding of $23.1 billion, $58 million over the FY 2019 enacted level. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/20/2019]

Consumer Advisory Committee Releases Robocall Recommendations

     The FCCs Consumer Advisory Committee released recommendations adopted at its September 16, 2019 meeting regarding block notification and critical call list on September 18, 2019. They recommended: consumers be appropriately notified if calls intended for them are blocked; service providers supply consumers with clear disclosures with respect to the types of calls they can expect will be blocked; service providers should maintain a webpage that includes information about opt-out blocking and labeling tools; and customer service personnel should be trained to explain to consumers their anti-robocall options. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/20/2019]

AICC Discusses Robocalls

     The Alarm Industry Communications Committee met separately with advisors to Commissioners Rosenworcel and Carr on September 17, 2019, to discuss its concerns regarding the likelihood of calls made by central station alarm monitoring centers being blocked or mislabeled by the major voice service providers implementing call blocking analytics. AICC emphasized the need for a mechanism to ensure calls made by central station alarm monitoring centers in response to alarm signals are never blocked, such as through a critical call list. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/23/2019]

Markey, et al. Oppose Proposed Cap on USF Programs

     Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and 29 Democratic senators sent a letter to Chairman Pai on September 19, 2019, to urge the FCC to discard the proposed cap on the Universal Service Fund. They said each of these programs is designed to target separate areas of need, providing broadband to schools and libraries or improving health in rural communities, and the cap proposal is a direct assault on the FCCs mission of bridging the digital divide. press release [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/20/2019]

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

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

Please click for more information..
           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.

Please click for more information..
           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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2019 Fall eLation User Meeting
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND THE
2019 eLation Fall User Meeting
October 8 9, 2019
Highland Conference Center
All General and Optional Sessions are Free of Charge

Calling all eLation users! Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2019 Fall eLation Billing & Financials User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. Join us for two days packed with information regarding updates and enhancements to the software and optional training opportunities. Dont miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge of the eLation software and to see what the future holds for eLation.
eLation User Meetings are a great opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with our Billing and Financials Support Teams as well as to network with other Telco staff from across the country to see how they are utilizing our products.
Follow this link to register: http://www.innovsys.com/innovsys/news-events/elation-user-meeting/


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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

October 2-3, 2019 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Doubletree by Hilton, Binghampton, New York

October 7-9, 2019 - Arizona New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall ConferenceHarrah's Ak-Chin Casino & Resort, Phoenix-Maricopa, Arizona

October 9-11, 2019 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Annual MeetingThe Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin, Texas

October 9-10, 2019 - MTA - Minnesota Telecom Alliance Fall ConferenceMinneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

October 14-16, 2019 - Mid-America Telecom Showcase & Seminar (MATSS)Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 15-17, 2019 - KTA-TTA - Kentucky Telephone and Tennessee Telecom Fall ConferenceHoliday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convetion Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky

October 20-23, 2019 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Annual ConferenceThe Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa, Sonoma, California

October 21-23, 2019 - Wisconsin's Broadband Association (WSTA) Fall Conference & ExhibitHoliday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 23-25, 2019 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Fall ConferenceOmni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

October 23-24, 2019 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Tech ShowcaseHilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

October 27-30, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual MeetingGrand Hotel Point Clear, Point Clear, Alabama