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2016 MACC Billing and Technology Conference

The schedule is set for the 2016 Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC) Billing and Technology Conference (MBTC). MACC clients from across the country will have the opportunity to learn new skills related to our products and network with their telecom industry peers. Registration is available for those MACC clients who have not already done so.
MBTC Details
The event will be held in Omaha, Nebraska
Session One - September 7-9
Session Two - September 12-14
Follow this link for more information and registration: http://www.maccmbtc.com/

Questions can be directed to MACC's Creative Services Coordinator, Kristi Rounds, at 402-533-5184 or krounds@maccnet.com.


Calix User Group Conference

Have you registered for the Calix User Group Conference, October 22-25 in Las Vegas? Join the hundreds of service providers, consulting engineers, sponsors, and Calix experts for this four day event filled with insights, inspiration, and fun. Find more information here: www.calix.com/usergroup


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Up Coming Events

September 7-8 2016 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendors' Showcase Embassy Suites Conference Center, East Peoria, Illinois

September 13-15 2016 - Telecommunications Association of Maine (TAM) Annual Conference Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine

October 3-5 2016 - WSTA - Wisconsin's Broadband Association Fall Conference and Exhibits Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 4-5 2016 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Conference Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

October 5-7 2016 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc (TSTCI) Annual Membership Meeting(2) The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

October 10-12 2016 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual Convention(1) Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

October 12-13 2016 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Annual Showcase Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, Anchorage, Alaska

October 13-14 2016 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Fall Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 17-19 2016 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Annual Meeting Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, New Hampshire

October 17-19 2016 - Mid-America Telecommunications Seminar & Showcase (MATSS)(1) Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 19-21 2016 - Carolinas-Virginias Telephone Membership Asssociation (CVTMA) Fall Conference(1) Grove Park Inn, Ashville, North Carolina

October 19-20 2016 - Alaska Telephone Association (AKA) 2016 Showcase Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, Anchorage, Alaska

October 25-27 2016 - Kentucky Telecom and Tennessee Telecommunications Association (KTA-TTA) Fall Conference and Supplier Showcase Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, Kentucky

November 9-10 2016 - South Carolina Telecommunications and Broadband Association (SCTBA) Fall Conference and Showcase DoubleTree Hotel, Columbia, South Carolina

November 9-10 2016 - Iowa Communications Alliance Impact Conference Doubletree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

November 15-16 2016 - Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association (VTIA) Annual Meeting Ginter Dining Room, The Hotel Jefferson, Richmond, Virginia

November 17 2016 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting State College, Pennsylvania

November 30 2016 - December 1 2016 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) 35th Annual Showcase Billings Hotel & Convention Center, Billings, Montana


NEWS
HEADLINES

September 2016, Volume 167           Serving the Industry for over 58 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

Association News

Industry News

FCC News

Federal Legislation


ASSOCIATION NEWS

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

     Thanks to your participation, generosity and enthusiasm we collected $5,161.00 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!

     Mark Feest is the new 2016/2017 NTA president. The NTA would like to thank Dave Collier for an outstanding job as 2015/2016 president!

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The NTA would like to welcome three new Associate members to our association!

Nor-Cal Battery provides full sales and service of Battery and Rectifier solutions from cradle to grave.

Rally Factury Rep. Services represents CO Commscope, Duraline, Sherman & Reilly, Fitel, OFS, Alpha Power, Rycom Instruments and Viavi Solutions (Formerly JDSU)

Leoch Battery Corporation is a provider of Telecom Batteries, Battery Racks, Cables and Connectors.

Join us in welcoming our new members!!!

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KGP Logistics is this month's NTA Associate of the Month!

Learn more about KGP Logistics and what they do by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

USAC Files Fourth Quarter Federal USF Support Mechanisms Fund Size Projections

     USAC filed Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Fund Size Projections for the fourth quarter 2016 on August 2, 2016. The High Cost Support Mechanism funding requirements are projected as follows: $170.85 million for HCL support; $237.86 million for ICLS; $41.69 million for frozen Price Cap Carrier support; $408.58 million for CAF Phase II; $0.75 million for Rural Broadband Experiments; $147.21 million for frozen CETC support; $106.99 million for CAF ICC support; and $11.07 million for the High Cost account, resulting in total High Cost Support Mechanism projected demand of $1.125 billion. (Appendices available on USAC's website.) [Source: Washington Watch, 08/04/2016]

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Verizon, AT&T join "Robocall Strike Force" in concert with FCC

     More than 30 telecom and tech companies have formed a group working with the Federal Communications Commission to combat robocalls as part of the "Robocall Strike Force," which includes Verizon Communications, AT&T, Apple, Google and Comcast. Reuters [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/22/2016]

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FCC NEWS

FCC Announces Final Version of A-CAM, Support Amounts for RoR Carriers

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on August 3, 2016, announcing it released the final version of the Alternative Connect America Cost Model and announced the offers of model-based Connect America support to rate-of-return carriers. Carriers have 90 days, until November 1, 2016, to indicate on a state-by-state basis whether they elect to receive model-based support. The Bureau said the model results and offer amounts released are predicated upon a monthly funding cap per location of $200, and after receiving the acceptances it will determine whether the model support and transition payments, if any, of electing carriers exceed the overall 10-year budget for the model path set by the Commission. The Bureau said if a carrier fails to submit any final election letter by the deadline, it will be deemed to have declined model-based support. Carriers should submit their election letters at ConnectAmerica@fcc.gov. [Source: Washington Watch, 08/04/2016]

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Broadband Health Mapping Tool Launched

     The FCC's Connect2Health Task Force launched its Mapping Broadband Health in America tool on August 2, 2016, a web-based mapping tool that will enable and inform more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health. The mapping tool is an interactive experience, showing various aspects of connectivity and health for every state and county in the United States. Commissioner Clyburn spoke at the launch, stating the mapping tool promises to provide a new and powerful roadmap to leverage high speed connectivity to improve the health of our nation. The mapping tool is available at www.fcc.gov/health/maps. [Source: Washington Watch, 08/03/2016]

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FCC Commissioners Issue Statements on Municipal Broadband Decision

     The FCC Commissioners issued statements on the Sixth Circuit Court's decision reversing the FCC's March 12, 2015 Order that preempted certain state laws restricting municipal provision of broadband service. Chairman Wheeler said the "efforts of communities wanting better broadband should not be thwarted by the political power of those who, by protecting their monopoly, have failed to deliver acceptable service at an acceptable price." Commissioner Rosenworcel said the decision "is a set-back" and "makes it harder for communities struggling when existing providers fail to meet their needs." Commissioner Clyburn said she is "extremely disappointed that our long-standing mission to promote the deployment of broadband to every American has been dealt a blow by today's decision." Commissioner Pai said the "court's decision is a big victory for the rule of law and federalism." Commissioner O'Rielly said the "FCC clearly tried to invoke imaginary authority and finally was called out by a court for doing so." [Source: Washington Watch, 08/11/2016]

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

GOP optimistic about Communications Act overhaul

     Congressional Republicans believe they can pass an extensive revision of the Communications Act, the law that gives the Federal Communications Commission its authority, in 2017. The law was enacted in 1934 and updated in 1996, and its critics say it doesn't deal effectively with today's telecommunications technologies. The Hill [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/09/2016]

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