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October 28-31, Wynn Las Vegas
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Up Coming Events
June 1 2017 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA)
Small Company Meeting The Penn Stater, State College, Pennsylvania
June 4 - 7 2017 - New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA) 96th
Annual Conference Inn on the Lake, Canandaigua, New York
June 4 - 7 2017 - Oklahoma Telephone
Association (OTA) and Arkansas Telecommunications Association (ATA) Joint Summer Conference Renaissance Hotel and
Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
June 5 - 7 2017 - Oregon
Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) Joint Annual Meeting Skamania
Lodge, Stevenson, Washington
June 11 - 13 2017 - Illinois Telecommunications Association Annual Convention
Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri
June 14 - 16 2017 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc TSTCI) Spring
Managers' Conference Pearl South Padre, South Padre Island, Texas
June 24 - 29 2017 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA)
95th Annual Convention Hammock Beach Resort, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, Palm Coast, Florida
June 25 - 27 2017 - North Carolina Telephone Cooperative Coalition
2017 Tri-State Telecom (VA, SC & NC) Conference & Exhibitor Showcase Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, North Carolina
July 10 - 12 2017 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA)
115th Annual Convention The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania
July 10 - 12 2017 - North Dakota Association of Telecommunications
Cooperatives (NDATC) Summer Conference Medora Community Center, Medora, North Dakota
July 19 - 20 2017 - Colorado Telecom Association (CTA) Summer Meeting &
Vendor Showcase Ameristar Hotel, Black Hawk, Colorado
July 23 - 26 2017 - Missouri Telecommunications
Industry Association (MTIA) Summer Conference Hilton Branson Convention Center & Hotel, Branson, Missouri
July 26 2017 - North Dakota Association of Telecommunications
Cooperatives (NDATC) Coop Day Minot, North Dakota
August 2 - 3 2017 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc (TSTCI)
Futures Retreat Harvey's Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada
August 7 - 9 2017 - Nevada Telecommunications Association Annual
Convention Harrah's Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada
August 20 - 22 2017 - South Dakota Telecommunications
Association (SDTA) Annual Meeting The Lodge at Deadwood, Deadwood, South Dakota
August 27 - 30 2017 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Product Convention and Showcase
Horseshoe Bay Resort, Marble Falls, Texas
August 28 - 30 2017 - Montana Telecommunications Association
(MTA) Annual Meeting Red Lion, Kalispell, Montana
June 2017, Volume 176 Serving the Industry for over 59 Years
Editor: Mike Eifert
Nevada Telecommunications Association 59th Annual Convention
The NTA convention is August 7th and 8th at Harrah's Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
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Power & Tel is our NTA Associate of the Month!
Learn more about Power & Tel and what they do by clicking the NTA Associate of the Month photo, top right of any NTA website page.
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Majority of Seniors Now Use Broadband
For the first time, more than half of older Americans have broadband at home, according to a recently
released report from the Pew Research Center. The report found that 51% of Americans age 65 or older now have broadband at home.
Roughly 67% of seniors use the internet and 42% -- more than triple the amount in 2013 -- now own a smartphone, according to the
report. The figures represent a mile-marker for broadband adoption because seniors have historically lagged behind other age groups in
using broadband internet service. Learn more... [Source:
USTelecom dailyLead, 05/24/2017]
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FCC Freezes Local Rate Floor, Proposes Elimination
At its May 18 Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order in which it sought
comment on eliminating the local rate floor for voice service and, in the interim, froze the rate floor while the NPRM is pending.
Specifically, the FCC modified the waiver of further increases to the rate floor that it had previously
issued, effectively freezing the monthly rate floor at $18. Pursuant to the modified temporary waiver, carriers will not be subject to
any support reductions for any rate that is at least $18. This temporary freeze will remain in effect in order to prevent the further
increases that would otherwise take place on July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, unless or until the FCC takes further action in this
In the NPRM, the FCC seeks comment on whether it should change the current rate floor methodology or
eliminate the rate floor and its accompanying reporting obligation entirely. The FCC asks whether it should allow carriers to charge a
rate that is one standard deviation below the average urban rate; or replace the single, national rate floor with state or regional
rate floors; or even eliminate the rate floor altogether? Comment deadlines for the NPRM have not yet been established. [Source:
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FCC Extends Separations Freeze Through December 2018
The FCC issued a Report and
Order on May 15, 2017, extending through December 31, 2018, the existing freeze of the rules on jurisdictional separations. The FCC
said it extended the existing freeze of Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors while it continues to
work with the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations to overhaul its separations rules. [Source: Washington Watch,
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FCC Adopts NPRMs to Reclassify Broadband as a Title I Service
At the May 18 Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to remove BIAS from
Title II regulation. Comments on the broadband reclassification NPRM are due July 17, and reply comments are due August 16.
Specifically, the FCC proposes to classify broadband Internet access service as an information service
instead of a telecommunications service, effectively removing it from Title II regulation. According to the NPRM, this is a three prong
analysis that considers (i) the Communications Act, (ii) FCC precedent, and (iii) FCC policy. The FCC seeks comments on the rationale
it provides for reclassifying broadband again.
First, the FCC proposes that internet access does not meet the definition of "telecommunications"
established by the Communications Act, to wit, the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the
user's choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received. Rather, the FCC asserts that Internet
users do not specify the points between or among which information is sent on the internet, and that ISPs routinely alter the form or
content of the information sent through various technical operations, such as firewalls that block harmful content.
Second, the FCC proposes that its precedent has always held that Internet access is an information
service, citing various milestones such as the Stevens Report, in which the FCC first declared internet access to be an information
service; the Cable Modem Order, in which the FCC classified broadband Internet access service over cable systems as an information
service; the Wireline Broadband Classification Order, the BPL-Enabled Broadband Order, and the Wireless Broadband Internet Access
Order, in which the FCC classified those respective broadband Internet access services as information services; and the original Open
Internet Order, in which the FCC declined to reclassify broadband Internet access services.
Finally, the FCC proposes that public policy supports its decision to return to Title I regulation for
Internet access. Specifically, the FCC proposes that the reclassification of Internet access as a Title II service has led to
"depressed broadband investment and reduced innovation because of increased regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty stemming from
the rules adopted under Title II." The FCC is specifically seeking comment on how the classification of broadband Internet access
service as a telecommunications service has impacted smaller broadband Internet access service providers, which it notes often lack
dedicated compliance staffs.
The classification of Internet access service as an information service would apply to both fixed and
mobile service. The FCC further proposes to return mobile broadband Internet access to its original classification as a private mobile
service. [Source: BloostonLaw, 05/24/2017]
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NTCA Discusses USF Contributions on RLEC Broadband Transmission Services
NTCA met with Chairman
Pai's Legal Advisor and Wireline Competition Bureau staff on May 22, 2017, to discuss the implications of RLECs electing private
carriage treatment of broadband transmission facilities to avail themselves of relief from USF contribution obligations. NTCA urged the
Commission to consider options to enable RLECs to avail themselves of the relief contemplated by the Rate-of-Return Reform Order
without putting at risk receipt of USF support as also contemplated by that Order and by federal law more generally. [Source: Washington
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Pai Responds to Congress on Robocall NPRM
Chairman Pai sent letters
to Sens. Bob Casey (D- Pa.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) on April 21, 2017, in response to their
letter expressing support for the Commission's NPRM
and NOI to permit telecommunications providers to block spoofed robocalls. Pai said the proposed rules would permit providers to block
spoofed robocalls when the caller uses an unassigned or invalid phone number, and allows providers to block spoofed robocalls when the
subscriber to that telephone number requests that calls originating from that number be blocked. Pai also said the NPRM seeks comment
on further steps the Commission could take to protect consumers and empower voice service providers to block illegal robocalls.
[Source: Washington Watch, 05/01/2017]
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Rep. Pallone Introduces Infrastructure Package, including Broadband funding for Unserved Areas
On May 17, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), the Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce
Committee, introduced a broad 21st Century infrastructure package that includes key areas within the Committee's jurisdiction,
including broadband. Dubbed the "Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow's America Act," or LIFT America Act, (H.R. 2479) the bill
provides $40 billion over five years to deploy secure and resilient broadband, and to expand access for communities nationwide while
promoting security by design. Three quarters of this funding would be used to deploy broadband in unserved areas of the country through
a national reverse auction. The remaining funds will be given to states to distribute through separate state-wide reverse auctions. If
there are no unserved areas in a state, the state may use the funding to deploy broadband in underserved areas, to deploy broadband or
connective technology to schools and libraries, or to fund the deployment of Next Generation 9-1-1. [Source: BloostonLaw, 05/24/2017]
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