Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



February 2020, Volume 208     Serving the Industry for over 62 Years

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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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FCC Provides Estimates of RDOF Eligible Locations

     The FCC issued a news release on January 14, 2020, on Chairman Pai’s announcement of initial estimates of how many homes and businesses in each state could benefit from Phase I of the $20.4 billion rural digital opportunity fund. The FCC said about six million rural homes and businesses could be eligible for bidding in this auction to receive funding for high-speed broadband. The FCC provides a state-by-state list for Phase I funding, which would target a total of $16 billion to census blocks with no broadband service meeting the Commission’s minimum speed standards. The remainder of the funding would be disbursed during Phase II. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 01/15/2020]

USTelecom, NTCA Discuss Lifeline Representative Accountability Database

     USTelecom and NTCA met with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on January 27, 2020, to discuss the submission of ETC employees’ personally identifiable information into the Lifeline representative accountability database, and whether there are alternatives. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/30/2020]

WTA Seeks Reconsideration of Lifeline Enrollment Representative Requirement

     WTA filed a petition for reconsideration on January 27, 2020, of the requirement that all ETC Lifeline enrollment representatives register with the USAC representative accountability database to access USAC’s Lifeline system for enrollment, benefit transfers, information updates, recertification and de-enrollment. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/29/2020]

Rural Service Provider Groups Oppose New Speed Tier Proposed for RDOF

     Between the first and second draft of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund order, the FCC changed the RDOF speed tier proposal that would be used in the broadband funding auction. Full story... [Source: Telecompetitor, 01/23/2020]

Seminar Series for 2020

NTCA Live
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USTelecom On-demand
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NTCA Urges Adoption IP Interconnection Rule

     NTCA met with Wireline Competition Bureau and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau staff on January 14, 2020, to discuss how the Commission can address IP interconnection issues and facilitate full industry participation in the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID spoofing mitigation framework. NTCA recommended the Commission promote IP interconnection by adopting a simple default rule to maintain existing interconnection points and transport responsibilities for voice calls between operatories, regardless of whether a call is exchanged in TDM or IP and there is precedent for adoption of such a rule. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 01/17/2020]

FTC Warns VoIP Providers on Assisting Robocallers

     The Federal Trade Commission announced it sent letters to 19 VoIP service providers on January 29, 2020, warning them the FTC may take legal action if they assist a seller or telemarketer who they know, or consciously avoid knowing, is violating the agency’s telemarketing sales rule. The FTC did not disclose the names of the companies and/or individuals to whom it sent the warnings. The FTC said the types of conduct that may violate the TSR include: misrepresenting a seller or telemarketer’s affiliation with any government agency; and transmitting false or deceptive caller ID numbers, among other things. [Source: Washington Watch, 01/31/2020]

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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2020 Winter Telecommunications Seminars

Telecom Regulatory Reporting (Feb 20-21)
Join us for a detailed overview of federal regulatory reporting. This course is a must-attend seminar for all staff involved in the preparation of federal reporting forms including FCC Forms 481, 499, and 477, lifeline reporting, CAF ICC reporting, HUBB reporting, and NECA reporting. We’ll also discuss the latest on the FCC’s ongoing reforms of regulatory policy, including broadband speed testing requirements, pending proceedings before the FCC, and cybersecurity. This session is targeted to accounting, regulatory and management staff.

What's Special About Access Charges? (Feb 18-21)
With carrier access billing system (CABS) revenues declining and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reform limiting switched-access recovery, it's currently more important than ever for CABS to be accurate so companies can receive all revenues to which they're entitled. CABS continues to be a significant revenue source for incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs). This three-day seminar will cover all aspects of CABs—from entering a call-detail record into the processing stream to the end product—and all the processes and billing functions in between. This course is designed primarily for those responsible for intercarrier billing, but it will also benefit accountants, plant and network personnel, and others whose roles impact billing, billing controls, or oversight of the billing function. Attendees should have basic telephony and CABS knowledge.

Our group hotel rate is accessible through registration until February 4 and registration closes on February 14. Registration link


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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

February 16-19, 2020 - NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association - 2020 Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and Expo Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona

February 18-19, 2020 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) Annual Vendor Showcase Macon Marriott, Macon, Georgia

February 25, 2020 - Colorado Telecommunications Association Winter Meeting Warwick Hotel, Denver, Colorado

March 4-5, 2020 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) ITA Showcase Holiday Inn Portland Airport Hotel, Portland, Oregon

March 9-11, 2020 - MTA - Minnesota Telecom Alliance Annual Convention and Trade Show Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 11-13, 2020 - CalCom- California Communications Association Tech Expo Doubletree, Sacramento, CA

March 23-25, 2020 - Iowa Communications Alliance 2020 Annual Meeting & Expo Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines, Iowa

March 31 & April 1, 2020 - South Carolina Broadband Telephone Association (SCBTA) Annual Convention Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina