Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter


July 2018, Volume 189           Serving the Industry for over 60 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

ASSOCIATE MEMBER EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

2018 Telecommunications Management Conference: A Roadmap for the Future
August 14-15, 2018 - Renaissance Hotel, Dallas, TX
CPE credit available

Join us for the 2018 Moss Adams Telecommunications Management Conference, where we'll set the stage to help your organization create a roadmap to navigate the increasingly competitive telecommunications industry. This year's speakers include Darren Woodson, three-time Super Bowl Champion and former all-pro NFL player and Jonathan Spalter, the President and CEO of USTelecom. We'll discuss the impact of new and revised operational and regulatory requirements on the telecommunications industry, provide guidance on creating successful financial strategies in an evolving regulatory environment, and highlight company success stories.
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2018 APMAX USER MEETING
August 27-29, 2018 Highland Conference Center
APMAX

Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2018 Voice and Video User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. This free annual event will keep you informed on the most recent releases, updates to the product, and ways to promote your services. Optional Training session on IP Networking for hosted services, breakout sessions, and customer experiences with the APMAX will highlight this year's event.

The User Meeting is also a prime opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with our support team and to network with other Service Provider staff from across the country to see how they are utilizing the products from Innovative Systems.

Follow this link for more information and to register: http://www.innovsys.com/innovsys/news-events/2018-apmax-user-meeting/

Registeration is open for MACC's
2018 Conference!

Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC) has scheduled their 2018 conference. At this event, MACC clients will have the opportunity to learn new skills related to MACC products and network with their peers in the telecom industry.

MACC Billing and Technology Conference - MBTC
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Session One - September 5-7
- Session Two - September 10-12
- MBTC details and registration - http://www.maccmbtc.com/

For more information on this event, please contact
Kristi Rounds, at 402-533-5184 - krounds@maccnet.com or
JoEllen Maras, at 402-533-5117 - jmaras@maccnet.com.

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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2018 NTA Convention is July 30th through August 1st at Harvey's Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

Monday, July 30, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Board Dinner

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament - Genoa Lakes Golf Course

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lake Tahoe Lunch Cruise

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Associate Member Meeting

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception and Showcase

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Breakfast Buffet

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcase

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

General Session

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Scholarship Luncheon

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner and Silent Auction


     Look forward to seeing everyone at the convention!


FCC Extends Deadline for Filing Form 481 to July 16, Except Local Service Rates Reporting

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order June 6, 2018, granting, on its own motion, a waiver of the filing deadline for the annual ETC reporting requirements under section 54.313(j). It explained it has not yet received OMB approval of the most recent modifications to this information collection, including the changes to section 54.313 and FCC Form 481. The Bureau will allow ETCs until July 16, 2018, to file the FCC Form 481 annual reports, but said carriers must continue to report their local service rates pursuant to section 54.313(h) on July 2, 2018. Section 54.313(h) requires all ILEC recipients of high-cost support to report all their rates for residential local service for all portions of their service area. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 06/07/2018]

FCC Chairman Wants More USF Grants For Rural Health Care

     The head of the Federal Communications Commission is calling for increased spending under the agency's Rural Health Care Program, which taps into the Universal Service Fund for telemedicine projects. Ajit Pai termed the matter a "crisis" and has proposed raising the annual spending cap from $400 million to $571 million. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/07/2018]

FCC Approves Funding Boost To Support Rural Health

     High-speed broadband does more than help us stream movies -- it supports a wealth of cutting-edge medical technologies that are a lifeline for the 60 million Americans living in rural areas. The Federal Communications Commission has taken a step toward supporting these telehealth services by moving to raise the Rural Health Care Program funding cap by $171 million a year, an important step forward in ensuring that all Americans can reap the benefits of broadband connection -- no matter where we live. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/07/2018]

Seminar Series for 2018

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

US Senate Votes To Reimpose Penalties on China's ZTE

     The US Senate voted 85-10 to pass a bipartisan bill restoring sanctions on Chinese telecommunications company ZTE that President Donald Trump wanted lifted. Senators said the deal the administration made to get ZTE back in business in the US failed to address national-security issues. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/19/2018]

House Panel Looks at Rural Broadband in NTIA Funding

     A House subcommittee emphasized expanding rural broadband services in a hearing Tuesday focused on reauthorizing the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for the first time in 25 years. Lawmakers proposed a $50.8 million budget annually for the agency for 2019 through 2021. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/27/2018]

Wireline Bureau Announces Launch of National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier Database

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice on June 18, 2018, to announce the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier database is now operational in Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The Bureau said it is a soft launch and ETCs may begin using the national verifier for eligibility determinations, but may also continue to use existing eligibility determination processes. It also said during this launch, only ETCs will have access to the national verifier and consumers will be able to access the national verifier at a later date once the hard launch takes place. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 06/19/2018]

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.

Please click for more information..

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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

July 9 - 11 2018 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Annual Convention The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania

July 9 - 11 2018 - North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC) Summer Conference Delta Hotel, Fargo, North Dakota

July 18 - 19 2018 - Colorado Telecom Association Summer Meeting Loveland, Colorado

July 29 - August 1 2018 - Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association (MTIA) Summer Conference Hilton Branson Hotel & Convention Center, Branson, Missouri

July 31 - August 1 2018 - Nevada Telecommunications Association Annual Convention Harvey's Casino Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

August 6-8 2018 - Tri-State Telecommunications Annual Conference (UT, ID, WY) Snow King Resort, Jackson, Wyoming

August 8-9 2018 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Futures Retreat Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, Mescalero, New Mexico

August 19-21 2018 - South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) Annual Meeting Swiftel Center, Brookings, South Dakota

August 27-29 2018 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Annual Meeting Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell, Montana

September 5-6 2018 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendors' Showcase Embassy Suites, East Peoria, Illinois

September 9-12 2018 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Convention and Product Showcase Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay, Texas

September 11-13 2018 - Telecommunications Association of Maine Annual Convention Samoset Resort Hotel, Rockport, Maine

September 11-13 2018 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM) ComPulse The H Hotel, Midland, Michigan

September 27-28 2018 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) Technical Conference Hyatt Regency Downtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 1-3 2018 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Cooperative Association (WSTA) Fall Conference La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin

October 1-3 2018 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall Conference Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe, Arizona

October 15-18 2018 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (TASE) Annual Convention Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

October 15-17 2018 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Annual Conference Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey, CA

October 15-17 2018 - Mid-America Telecommunications Seminar & Showcase (MATSS) Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 16-18 2018 - Kentucky Telecome Association and Tennessee Telecommunications Association Fall Conference Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, Kentucky

October 24-26 2018 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Fall Conference Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

October 24-25 2018 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Tech Showcase Hilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska