Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



May 2020, Volume 211     Serving the Industry for over 62 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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     As we all know, the NTA Annual Conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have formed a committee to explore a Virtual Conference agenda. Our first meeting is June 4th. With what has happened in recent months it is amazing the amount of information available on how to plan virtual conferences. From guides to services itís all on the Internet. Maybe, you have some ideas? Let us know and weíll have more updates shortly.

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FCC Releases Series of Waivers in Response to Pandemic

     To reduce the burden on Lifeline stakeholders during this unprecedented time, the FCC released a series of waivers suspending the following rules and processes through June 30, 2020:
- Recertification
- Reverification
- General de-enrollment requirements, except de-enrollment at the userís request
- Usage requirements
- USAC program integrity reviews
- Requirement to submit 3 consecutive months of income documentation

     In addition, USAC is temporarily accepting driverís licenses or state identification cards that have recently expired when needed to complete a Lifeline application. For more details on the response to COVID-19, please see the summary on our website. [Source: USAC Lifeline Newsletter, 05/28/2020]

Bill Introduced to Expand USF Contribution Base to Include Broadband Services

     Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) announced on May 5, 2020, that he and Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska), T.J. Cox (D-Calif.), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), et al. introduced the Universal Broadband Act on May 5, 2020, which expands the USF contribution base to include broadband services, rather than solely from telephone services. The bill would, among other things: require the FCC to set the contribution rate as needed to meet universal service goals and serve all Americans; create reporting requirements to ensure the FCC is meeting their buildout goals; and prioritize unserved areas and further ensure tribal areas are served. The bill is not yet available.[Source: Washington Watch, 05/06/2020]

NTCA Paper Analyzes Broadening USF Contributions Base

     An NTCA-commissioned paper was released on May 7, 2020, which examined assertions that broadening the base of contributions to the universal service fund would undermine broadband adoption and retention. NTCA said the paper concludes the impacts of including a USF-related contribution surcharge equal to a 1% increase in the price paid for broadband could reduce broadband demand by 0.08%. The paper observed this estimated potential reduction in broadband purchases does not take into account any potential gains in adoption realized and sustained as a result of programs supported by a more stable USF. Press Release [Source: Washington Watch, 05/08/2020]

Seminar Series for 2020

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

Government Officials Urge Governors to Assist Communications Industry

     Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs recently urged governors to assist the communications industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, including by declaring that communications infrastructure is essential and enabling online permitting. The USTelecom member workforce is working doing day in and day out to keep the country connected, and protecting their ability to safely do their jobs is essential. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 05/28/2020]

FCC Gets Tougher on Robocall Fines

     Federal regulators will now issue penalties to most companies caught making illegal robocalls without issuing a prior warning as the Federal Communications Commission moves to enforce the TRACED Act enacted by Congress in December. The FCC will also start to adopt a provision that extends the statue of limitations for proposing fines on certain offenses to four years. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 05/04/2020]

High Court Hearing Challenge to 2015 Robocall Bill

     The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today over whether it should uphold a lower court ruling that threw out an element of a 2015 change to the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act aimed at illegal robocalls. The appeals court agreed that a section in the new bill that exempted certain professions from the TCPA provisions violated the First Amendment by establishing a content-based test. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 05/06/2020]

Microsoft Seeks 5G Boost With Metaswitch Deal

     Microsoft is buying virtualized network software specialist Metaswitch Networks, building on its recent acquisition of Affirmed Networks, another 5G services vendor. The move signals Microsoft's intent to be a key partner for telecommunications companies looking to manage 5G networks in the cloud. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 05/15/2020]

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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