Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
September 2015, Volume 156 Serving the Industry for over 57 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
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!
This months NTA Associate of the Month is American Power Systems!
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]
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]
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]
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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