Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter


May 2018, Volume 187           Serving the Industry for over 60 Years           Editor: Mike Eifert

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Association Scholarship Update

     As you all know the NTA annually accepts applications for the John and Mary Louise Christian Memorial Scholarship. This year we received many outstanding applications. I would like to thank the Awards Committee for doing such a great job selecting the scholarship winners. And I am very proud to present the 2018 John and Mary Louise Christian Memorial Scholarship recipients!

Caitlyn Somers, daughter of Torry and Wendy Somers - CenturyLink
Joshua Lee, son of Anthoni and Anjanette Lee - Moapa Valley Telephone
Christopher Mentele, son of Steve and Erica Mentele - Innovative Systems
Daniel Alvarez, son of Domingo and Dinorah-Ordaz Alvarez - CenturyLink

 

     Next month we will have the results of the NTA Member Customer Scholarship voting. I can tell you the Awards Committee has its work cut out for them as we recieved over 35 applications this year. More to follow...

NTCA Discusses Rural Call Completion Draft Order

     NTCA met with Commissioner Clyburn and her advisor and advisors to Chairman Pai and Commissioners O'Rielly and Rosenworcel on April 3 and 5, 2018, to discuss the draft Order and NPRM on rural call completion. NTCA expressed concern about removing the record-keeping and reporting requirements, suggesting as an alternative the Commission should require covered providers to abide by certain best practices, including limiting the number of intermediate providers in the call chain, or require covered providers to file with the Commission their documented monitoring procedures along with contact information for call completion problems. NTCA also suggested the rules adopted in this Order should sunset after three years and revert to the rules currently in effect, absent a finding based on evidence and analysis that the new framework addresses rural call completion problems. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/09/2018]

T-Mobile to Pay $40 Million for Rural Call Completion Violations

     The FCC and T-Mobile USA, Inc. reached a settlement on April 16, 2018, after the commission concluded an investigation into whether the carrier violated the Communications Act by failing to fix rural call completion problems and whether it violated an FCC prohibition on inserting false ring tones.

     The investigation began after the commission received complaints that T-Mobile callers were unable to reach consumers served by three rural carriers in Wisconsin. T-Mobile reported that it had resolved the problem, but the commission concluded that "call completion complaints filed directly with T-Mobile showed patterns of problems with call delivery to consumers in at least seven other rural areas."

     The investigation also brought to light T-Mobile's practice of injecting false ring tones into certain calls. The carrier said it "had done so on hundreds of millions of calls and admitted that its actions violated the Commission's prohibition of injecting false ring tones on any calls," said the commission, which issued a consent decree on the matter. [Source: NTCA Washington Report, 04/19/2018]

USDA: Rural Broadband is High Priority

     The recently passed federal spending bill allows the government to fund more rural broadband projects, said Steve Censky, US deputy secretary of agriculture. Censky pointed to the unprecedented amount of money -- $13.5 billion in 2018 -- the omnibus bill allocates to broadband and other rural needs. Read Story...[Source: UStelecom dailyLead, 04/12/2018]

Industry Proposes Rule Addressing Access Stimulation

     NTCA, AT&T, Windstream, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, WTA and USTelecom filed a letter on April 11, 2018, to propose a rule that would require carriers that are engaged in access stimulation to bear the financial responsibility for all terminating switched transport costs between their end office (or remote or functional equivalent) and the tandem switch to which the terminating carrier requires inbound calls to be routed. NTCA, CenturyLink, AT&T and Verizon met with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on April 9, 2018, to discuss potential ways to implement the proposal. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/13/2018]

Botnets Remain Persistent Cyberthreat

     Businesses, governments and consumers should pay more attention to the risk posed by botnets, according to a new threat report released by USTelecom member CenturyLink. In 2017, CenturyLink Threat Research Labs tracked an average of 195,000 threats per day impacting, on average, 104 million unique targets -- from servers and computers to handheld or other internet-connected devices -- due to the work of botnets. By analyzing global botnet attack trends and methods, broadband providers are better able to anticipate and respond to emerging threats in defense of our own network and those of our customers. USTelecom's Cybersecurity Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to navigating the complex world of cybersecurity. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/20/2018]

Seminar Series for 2018

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

     

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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Up Coming Events

May 7 - 9 2018 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Spring Conference Loew's Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Arizona

May 8 - 10 2018 - North Dakota Telephone Association (NDTA) TOC Conference & Showcase Fargo Holiday Inn, Fargo, North Dakota

May 21 - 22 2018 - Nebraska Telecommunications Association (NTA) Spring Conference & Golf Outing Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln, Nebraska

May 21 - 23 2018 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Annual Meeting Land's End Resort, Homer, Alaska

May 21 - 24 2018 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association - 108th Annual Convention Grand Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

May 23 - 25 2018 - Kentucky Telecom Association Annual Meeting Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington, Kentucky

May 29 - 31 2018 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) Joint Annual Meeting Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon

June 3 - 6 2018 - Oklahoma Telephone Association Summer Conference and Suppliers' Showcase Chateau on the Lake, Branson, Missouri

June 4 - 6 2018 - Indiana Broadband and Technology Association (IBTA) Annual Convention French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana

June 4 - 6 2018 - Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA) Annual Meeting and Conference Cool Springs Marriott, Franklin, Tennessee

June 6 - 8 2018 - New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA) Annual Conference Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid, New York

June 10 - 12 2018 - Illinois Telecommunications Association Annual Convention Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

June 11 - 14 2018 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (TELSE) Summer Symposium Pensacola Beach Hilton, Pensacola, Florida

June 13 - 15 2018 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Spring Managers Conference Pearl South Padre, South Padre Island, Texas

June 14 - 16 2018 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Annual Conference Myrthle Beach Marriott, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

June 23 - 27 2018 - Georgia Telecommunications Association 96th Annual Meeting Charleston Place, Charleston, South Carolina

June 24 - 26 2018 - Tri State (NC,SC,VA) Telecom Expo Charleston Marriott, Charleston, South Carolina

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