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Join WTA for CRUSH season in Napa, CA from October 11-14 at the Marriott Napa Valley Resort to learn about ways we can be better together. At CRUSH, we'll be mixing together some great varietals (e.g., telcos, policymakers, vendors, and industry experts) to create the perfect blend to help you understand the changing broadband world and what it will take to deliver the best complement of services to satisfy your customers' palate. Your sommeliers await, so register today because WTA's 2015 FALL CRUSH will be a great vintage you'll not want to miss!

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Up Coming Events

September 3, 2015 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting(4) State College, Pennsylvania

September 3, 2015 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) Technical Conference Springlake Metro Technology Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 9-10, 2015 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendors' Showcase(1) Embassy Suites Conference Center, East Peoria, Illinois

September 14-15, 2015 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Doubletree by Hilton, Binghamton, New York

September 22-23, 2015 - Nebraska Telephone Accountant Service Klub (TASK) Kearney, Nebraska

September 28-30, 2015 - The 2015 Great Lakes Technology ShowcaseNebraska Telephone Accountant Service Cleveland Public Hall and Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

October 1-2, 2015 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Fall Conference Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

October 5-7, 2015 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Association (WSTA) Fall Conference Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 7-8, 2015 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Cooperative Association (WSTCA) Fall Conference Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 14-16, 2015 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc Annual Membership Meeting Westin Riverwalk, San Antionio, Texas

October 18-20, 2015 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual Convention (10.18.15) Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

October 19-21, 2015 - Mid-America Telecommunications Seminar & Showcase (MATSS) Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 21-22, 2015 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Member Showcase Hilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

October 21-23, 2015 - Carolinas-Virginias Telephone Membership Asssociation (CVTMA) Fall Conference Grove Park Inn, Ashville, North Carolina

October 26-29, 2015 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall 2015 Conference Omni Tucson National Resort & Golf, Tucson, Arizona

October 27-30, 2015 - Kentucky Telephone and Tennessee Telecommunications Association (KTA-TTA) 21st Fall Conference and Supplier Showcase Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Seminar Series for 2015

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

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September 2015, Volume 156           Serving the Industry for over 57 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

Industry News

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Federal Legislation


Thank you to every one that attended this year's 2015 NTA Convention at gorgeous Lake Tahoe!!

     Thanks to your participation, generosity and enthusiasm we collected $5,025.00 toward the John and Mary Louise Christian Memorial Scholarship fund. With your help the NTA continues to support higher education of deserving students. You all rock!

     Buck Spears was re-elected as the Associate member director on the NTA Board of Directors. Congratulations Buck, it is great to have you with us for another year!

     Dave Collier is the new 2015/2016 NTA president and NTA would like to thank Jake Warner for an outstanding job as 2014/2015 president!

This months NTA Associate of the Month is American Power Systems!
Learn more about American Power Systems by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.

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NECA Files 2016 Average Schedule Formula Modifications

     NECA filed its 2016 Modification of the Average Schedule Universal Service High Cost Loop Support Formula on August 21, 2015. These modifications are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2016, and remain in effect through December 31, 2016. [Source: Washington Watch, 08/21/2015]

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FCC Adopts Report and Order on Back-up Power During Emergencies

     The FCC adopted a Report and Order at its August 6, 2015 Open Meeting, requiring providers of modern home voice services to offer consumers information on, and the option to buy, backup power so they can use their phone service during electric outages. The FCC said providers of modern home voice services (i.e., facilities-based, fixed, voice residential service that is not line-powered) will be required to ensure that a technical solution for eight hours of standby backup power is available for consumers to purchase at the point of sale. Within three years, these providers will also be required to offer an option for 24 hours of standby backup power. The Report and Order is not yet released. [Source: Washington Watch, 08/06/2015]

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FCC Releases Orders, FNPRM on Copper Retirement

     The FCC released the Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration and FNPRM on August 7, 2015, which was adopted at its August 6, 2015 Open Meeting, 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 Order on Reconsideration 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 Order also clarified that a carrier must obtain Commission approval before discontinuing, reducing or impairing a service used as a wholesale input when such actions affect service to end users, and, as an interim measure until final rules are adopted, to receive such authority an ILEC must commit to providing competitive carriers wholesale access at rates, terms and conditions that are reasonably comparable to those of the legacy services. The accompanying FNPRM seeks comment on the criteria to be used by the FCC in the section 214 review process to evaluate and compare replacement and legacy services, including network capacity and reliability, and quality of both voice service and Internet access. [Source: Washington Watch, 08/10/2015]

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Chairman Wheeler Responds to Congress on USF Reforms

     Chairman Wheeler sent letters ( letters, letters) to 117 U.S. Representatives on July 27, 2015, in response to their letter urging the FCC to reform the USF mechanisms to support broadband deployment in rural areas. Chairman Wheeler said he directed his staff and the Wireline Competition Bureau to meet with stakeholders in the rate-of-return community, and has encouraged all stakeholders to work together to develop an approach that has the widespread support of the rate-of-return community and meets the principles outlined in the April 2014 FNPRM. He also said it is encouraging the stakeholders appear to have come to a consensus on the notion of a two-path approach to reforming the program, but said work remains with respect to the details of how to update existing support mechanisms. He also sent similar letters to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D N.M.), et al. in response to their letter urging reform of USF mechanisms to support broadband deployment in New Mexico. [Source: Washington Watch, 08/17/2015]

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