Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



September 2019, Volume 203     Serving the Industry for over 61 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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Thank you to everyone that attended this year's NTA Conference! I had a great time and hope you did, too!

     Thanks to your participation, generosity and enthusiasm I am extremely happy to announce that our scholarship fund raising efforts (raffle tickets, mulligans, Past Presidents Dip and silent auction) at this year's conference netted $7,099.00. Fantastic job everyone!! With your help the NTA continues to support student higher education.

     Paul Nolin was elected Associate Director representing the Associate Members on the NTA Board of Directors. Congratulations Paul, it is great to have you with us!

     Linda Stinar is the new 2019/2020 NTA President. Congratulation Linda!! The NTA would like to thank John Christian for an outstanding job as 2018/2019 President!


FCC Releases Order/FNPRM on New Data Collection

     The FCC released the report and order and second FNPRM on August 6, 2019, establishing a new Digital Opportunity Data Collection, which was adopted at the August 1, 2019 Open Meeting. This new data collection will collect geospatial broadband availability data from fixed providers, use a crowdsourcing process on the accuracy of the maps, and make targeted changes to the existing Form 477 to reduce filing burdens. The FNPRM seeks comment on enhancing the new data collection, incorporating mobile voice and broadband and improving satellite broadband reporting. Comments will be due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 45 days after the FR publication. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/06/2019]

Pai Circulates Draft Order Approving T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

     The FCC issued a news release on August 14, 2019, announcing Chairman Pai circulated a draft order that would approve, subject to conditions, the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. The FCC said the draft order explains the transaction will advance the rapid deployment of a new 5G wireless network, improving the quality of mobile broadband services for American consumers and increasing 5G infrastructure deployment in the United States. The FCC said the transaction will help to close the digital divide by bringing robust 5G deep into rural areas, with enforceable conditions that require coverage of at least 99% of Americans within six years. The FCC said in light of DISH’s planned acquisition of Boost Mobile, the order also addresses certain extensions, commitments and modifications to DISH’s spectrum holdings to effectuate its deployment of a nationwide 5G network. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/15/2019]

CWA, NTCA, et al. Urge FCC to Seek Comment on New Developments in T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

     The Communications Workers of America, Public Knowledge, NTCA, Free Press, Common Cause and Open Technology Institute met with legal advisors to Commissioners Carr and Rosenworcel on August 12, 2019, to express support for the requests by RWA and NTCA and WISPA that asked the FCC to seek comment on the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile in light of new developments. They claimed given the extraordinary nature of these new developments, failure to seek public comment would be a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. RWA joined the meeting with Rosenworcel’s advisor by telephone. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/15/2019]

Seminar Series for 2019

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

Physicists Bring Quantum Internet a Step Closer

     Researchers at a German university say they have paved the way for introducing speedier and more secure internet service via recent discoveries in quantum technology, which manipulates light. The physicists say they have overcome an obstacle to using optical circuits by leveraging light instead of electrons in chips. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/21/2019]

FCC Extends Robocall Rules To Overseas Callers

     The Federal Communications Commission has expanded its new robocall rules to overseas-based calls and texts in a move that will enable authorities to pursue illegal spoofing activities from abroad and encourage US carriers to block suspicious traffic from outside the country, the agency said. The rules prohibit so-called spoofers from transmitting fake caller-ID information. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/02/2019]

Pai Issues Statement on Caller ID Implementation Progress

     Chairman Pai issued a statement on August 14, 2019, on reports AT&T and T-Mobile are beginning to roll out the exchange of call authentication information between their two networks based on the SHAKEN/STIR framework. Pai said the SHAKEN/STIR framework means more reliable caller ID information for consumers and a stronger ability for the FCC to go after bad actors and stop robocalls. Pai also said by the end of this year, the FCC expects major voice service providers to meet its goal of signing calls between carriers. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/15/2019]

News Sources Report Draft Lifeline Order and NPRM on Circulation Within FCC

     On August 19, multiple news sources – including C-NET and FierceWireless – reported that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's office began circulating an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at combating fraud in the Lifeline program. At the time this edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update went to press, no formal Press Release or Public Notice from the FCC regarding the circulation of the document was available. Rather, according to the various reports, FCC official briefed reporters on the matter.

     The briefing reportedly included statements by FCC officials that the draft order would, among other things, require ETCs to prove prospective Lifeline users are living people; prohibit carriers from offering sales employees enrollment-based commissions; and require ETCs to collect their own eligibility documentation if verification was previously done through a state or federal database (where the original verification is no longer available). The Order would also reportedly take steps to reduce duplicate subscribership and better detect rule violations. [Source: BloostonLaw Telecom Update, 08/21/2019]

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 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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2019 Fall eLation User Meeting
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2019 eLation Fall User Meeting
October 8 – 9, 2019
Highland Conference Center
All General and Optional Sessions are Free of Charge

Calling all eLation users! Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2019 Fall eLation Billing & Financials User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. Join us for two days packed with information regarding updates and enhancements to the software and optional training opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge of the eLation software and to see what the future holds for eLation.
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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

September 4-6, 2019 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendor Showcase & Golf Outing Embassy Suites, East Peoria, Illinois

September 10-12, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Maine (TAM) and Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Annual Meeting Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine

September 12-13, 2019 - The Oklahoma Rural Broadband Association (OTA) Technical Conference Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 17-19, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan ComPulse Inn at Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Michigan

October 2-3, 2019 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Doubletree by Hilton, Binghampton, New York

October 7-9, 2019 - Arizona New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall ConferenceHarrah's Ak-Chin Casino & Resort, Phoenix-Maricopa, Arizona

October 9-11, 2019 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Annual MeetingThe Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin, Texas

October 9-10, 2019 - MTA - Minnesota Telecom Alliance Fall ConferenceMinneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

October 14-16, 2019 - Mid-America Telecom Showcase & Seminar (MATSS)Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 15-17, 2019 - KTA-TTA - Kentucky Telephone and Tennessee Telecom Fall ConferenceHoliday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convetion Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky

October 20-23, 2019 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Annual ConferenceThe Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa, Sonoma, California

October 21-23, 2019 - Wisconsin's Broadband Association (WSTA) Fall Conference & ExhibitHoliday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 23-25, 2019 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Fall ConferenceOmni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

October 23-24, 2019 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Tech ShowcaseHilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

October 27-30, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual MeetingGrand Hotel Point Clear, Point Clear, Alabama