Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter


October 2018, Volume 192           Serving the Industry for over 60 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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Comments Filed on USDA e-Connectivity Pilot Program

     Comments were filed on USDA’s notice seeking input on implementation of the e-Connectivity pilot program established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau attached a copy of the FCC’s July 6, 2018 order that established a uniform framework for measuring the speed and latency performance for recipients of high-cost USF support to serve fixed locations. The bureau said the FCC's work in developing performance measures for broadband providers may be helpful in determining appropriate speed and latency testing standards for the e-Connectivity pilot. WTA said as RUS considers how to structure the pilot program, it should be guided by the following goals: finding the right applicants and projects to support with limited funds; building networks that will be sustainable in the long-term; and not displacing or duplicating existing networks. Microsoft said the RUS should retain the existing definition of eligible rural areas, i.e., where 90 percent of households lack access to 10/1 service. Microsoft also urged the RUS to specify applicants seeking to provide broadband via TV white spaces spectrum are eligible for funding. All comments available. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/11/2018]

Heller among Senators Asking USDA to Allocate Funds from e-Connectivity Pilot Program for High-Cost Areas

     Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and seven other senators sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on September 27, 2018, asking him to designate a high-cost set aside within the $600 million e-Connectivity Pilot Program established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act to provide broadband to rural and geographically challenged areas of the country that need it most. They noted according to the FCC, of the 24 million American households that do not have reliable, affordable, high-speed internet, 80 percent are located in rural areas. Press Release [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/28/2018]

WTA, CC Communications, et al. Discuss High-Cost Budget, Network Testing Order

     CC Communications, Arvig Communications, Nex-Tech, Shawnee Communications and WTA met with Commissioner O’Rielly’s staff on September 12, 2018, to discuss the USF high-cost budget for RLECs and the speed and latency performance testing framework for certain recipients of high-cost support. The carriers expressed the need for an early decision on pending budget revision issues and for the sufficient, stable and predictable support flows required to extend, upgrade and operate their broadband networks, expressing particular concern the budget control mechanisms have become operational again as of July 1, 2018. They claimed the testing framework adopted in the Network Testing Order was not designed with RLECs in mind, and imposes unnecessary burdens, practical implementation difficulties and excessive costs on them that will impair their ability to deploy and upgrade their broadband services. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/18/2018]

Deloitte Consulting Releases Paper on 5G

     Deloitte Consulting filed a letter on September 17, 2018, providing a link to its white paper entitled “5G: The chance to lead for a decade.” Deloitte said: the U.S. should establish a light-touch policy framework to address 5G’s inherent externalities that limit the value created by infrastructure investment from accruing to the carriers; private sector leadership is preferable to government intervention in the marketplace; and policymakers should actively target improvements to reduce the friction associated with deploying next generations of communication infrastructure at the state, local and federal levels. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 09/18/2018]

Seminar Series for 2018

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Formal Complaints Proceedings Order Effective October 4

     The FCC published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2018, the report and order that created a uniform set of procedural rules for formal complaint proceedings delegated to the Enforcement Bureau and currently handled by its Market Disputes Resolution Division and Telecommunications Consumers Division. The order streamlined and consolidated the procedural rules governing formal complaints against common carriers, formal complaints regarding pole attachments and formal complaints concerning advanced communications services and equipment. The order is effective October 4, 2018. [Source: Washington Watch 9/4/18]

Report Shows Increase In Cybersecurity Grades Among Organizations

     Researchers polled more than 500 security professionals and executives from various industries, including health care, and found that 21% gave their organization's cybersecurity program an A for this year, while 42% gave a B rating, an improvement from the 2017 results of DomainTools' annual Cybersecurity Report Card Survey. Meanwhile, there was a 12% decline in malware analysis from 2017 and a 6% reduction in forensic analysis of compromised machines. Read More. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 09/14/18]

FCC Establishes Effective Dates for New Pole Attachment Rules

     On September 14, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Third Report and Order in WC Docket No. 18-74., in which the FCC adopted new pole attachment processes and revised existing processes. These rules will be effective on the later of February 3, 2019 or 30 days after the announcement in the Federal Register of approval by the Office of Management and Budget of the related information collection requirements.
     Specifically, the FCC adopted a new framework for the vast majority of pole attachments governed by federal law by instituting a “one-touch make-ready” regime, in which a new attacher may elect to perform all simple work to prepare a pole for new wireline attachments in the communications space. The FCC retained the current multi-party pole attachment process for attachments that are complex or above the communications space of a pole, but makes significant modifications to speed deployment, promote accurate billing, expanded the use of self-help for new attachers when attachment deadlines are missed, and reduce the likelihood of coordination failures that lead to unwarranted delays. The FCC also codified and redefined FCC precedent that requires utilities to allow attachers to “overlash” existing wires and eliminated outdated disparities between the pole attachment rates that incumbent carriers must pay compared to other similarly-situated cable and telecommunications attachers.
     The FCC also clarified that it will preempt, on an expedited case-by-case basis, state and local laws that inhibit the rebuilding or restoration of broadband infrastructure after a disaster. Because there is no associated collection of information associated with this clarification, it will be effective October 15, 2018. [Source: BloostonLaw, 9/19/2018]

Regulators Propose $37.5M Fine Against Company For Robocalls

     The Federal Communications Commission continues its robocall fight, proposing a $37.5 million penalty against Arizona-based Affordable Enterprises, which allegedly employed false phone numbers to make 2.3 million telemarketing calls. This is the "first major enforcement action against a company that apparently commandeered consumers' phone numbers," the FCC said. Read More. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 09/27/2018]

Fourth Quarter 2018 Proposed USF Contribution Factor is 20.1 Percent

     The FCC Office of Managing Director issued a public notice on September 12, 2018, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2018 will be 20.1 percent, up from the current 17.9 percent. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/13/18]

Applications for Review of Network Testing Order Filed

     Applications for review of the Network Performance Testing Order were filed on September 19, 2018. WTA asks the Commission to postpone the scheduled third and fourth quarter 2019 commencement of testing, at least for RLECs, to permit RLEC-compatible testing equipment to become more available and affordable and allow qualified third-party vendors to determine whether they will offer testing services for RLECs. WTA also asks the Commission to order the bureaus to work with the RLEC industry during that time to develop a new or revised broadband performance testing framework for RLECs suitable for the needs and concerns of rural customers and congruent with RLEC operations and resources. NTCA requests modification and/or clarification, as applicable, of: requirements for ISPs to test portions of the network over which they have no control; testing obligations in the absence of suitable equipment in the marketplace; the number of locations to be tested; which carriers are required to test; and the composition of the sample pools. NTCA also seeks clarification of the relationship between subscribed, advertised and required speeds, and requests the Commission confirm which rural providers are required to participate and clarify the same pool of test locations can be used for both speed and latency testing. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/20/2018]

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 Telecom Conferences

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

November 5-7 2018 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Annual Meeting and Convention 60th Anniversary Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

November 8-9 2018 - South Carolina Telecommunications & Broadband Association (SCTBA) Fall Conference & Showcase Marriott Hotel, Columbia, South Carolina

November 27-29 2018 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) 37th Annual Showcase Red Lion, Billings, Montana

December 3-5 2018 - North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC) Annual Meeting Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck, North Dakota

December 3-5 2018 - North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC) Annual Meeting Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck, North Dakota