Nevada Telecommunications Association Monthly Newsletter
September 2016, Volume 167 Serving the Industry for over 58 Years Editor: Mike Eifert
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!
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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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