Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



March 2019, Volume 197     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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RoR USF Reform Order and Order on Reconsideration Effective March 21

     The December 2018 RoR USF Reform Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration was published in the Federal Register on February 19, 2019. The order: offers additional funding to carriers that currently receive A-CAM support in exchange for deploying broadband at increased speeds; provides an opportunity for legacy carriers to transition to model-based support; and authorizes additional support for carriers remaining on the legacy rate-of-return support mechanisms in exchange for targeting higher broadband speeds. The effective date of the order is March 21, 2019, except for the amendments to sections 54.313 and 54.316, which contain information collection requirements that have not been approved by OMB. Amendments to sections 32.1410, 32.2680, 32.2681, 32.2682, 32.3400, 32.3410, 32.4130, 32.4200, 32.4300, 32.7500, 54.643 and 65.450 are effective January 1, 2020. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 02/19/2019]

USAC Files Lifeline National Verifier Annual Report and Data

     USAC filed its National Verifier Annual Report and Data on January 31, 2019. The report provides a summary of the 2018 launch of the Lifeline national verifier, its functionality, and outlines how the national verifier meets the FCC’s key objectives to: protect against waste, fraud and abuse; lower costs to the Universal Service Fund and ETCs through administrative efficiencies; and better serve eligible beneficiaries by facilitating choice and improving the enrollment experience. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 02/01/2019]

Wireline Bureau Announces Next National Lifeline Verifier Launch Dates

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice on February 5, 2019, announcing the next national lifeline verifier launch in eight states, three territories and the District of Columbia. A soft launch will begin on February 6, 2019, in Alaska, American Samoa, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, the Northern Mariana Islands, Rhode Island and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A full launch will begin on March 5, 2019, in Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 02/06/2019]

FCC Sets Up Anti-fraud Unit To Protect USF Program

     The Federal Communications Commission has voted unanimously to combat irregularities in its Universal Service Fund program through a new fraud unit within the agency's Enforcement Bureau. The move consolidates the FCC's longtime efforts under a single umbrella. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 02/06/2019]

Seminar Series for 2018

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FCC Faces Day In Court Over Net Neutrality

     Three judges on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit scrutinized the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rollback during a marathon session of oral arguments Friday, tackling issues such as mobile broadband reclassification and state efforts to restore net neutrality. The focus of the discussions was a Supreme Court ruling in 2005 that gave the FCC the authority to handle internet access as either an information or a telecom service. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 02/04/2019]

Net Neutrality Bills Discussed At House Hearing

     The House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing on net neutrality Thursday, but despite bipartisan consensus on the need to regulate internet providers, lawmakers remain divided over issues such as Title I versus Title II classification. Republicans proposed three bills to reinstate net neutrality, but they're failing to attract support from Democrats. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 02/08/2019]

US senators introduce bill to reimpose ZTE sanctions

     A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of US senators would reimpose sanctions on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE should the company fail to follow US law or violate an agreement made with the Trump administration. ZTE was found violating terms of a previous agreement when it was caught shipping US-origin goods to Iran and North Korea. Read more... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 02/06/2019]

WTA, et al. Urge Action on Rate Floor, Delay in Network Testing

     Direct Communications, Oregon Telephone and WTA met separately with advisors to Commissioners Rosenworcel and Starks on February 19, 2019, to discuss the local voice service rate floor and the performance testing requirements for RLECs and other small carriers. They said WTA members would prefer elimination of the rate floor, but emphasized the critical need for a Commission ruling on the issue much earlier than July 1, 2019, when the current freeze is expected to expire. WTA also discussed its application for review of the Network Testing Order, which requested commencement of performance testing by RLECs be deferred for a reasonable time and the Commission’s bureaus work with RLEC representatives during the deferral period to develop more reasonable and practicable testing procedures for RLECs and other small high-cost support recipients. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 02/25/2019]

NTCA, et al. Recommend Delaying Network Testing Requirements

     NTCA, LICT Corporation, Range Companies and TDS Telecom spoke with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on February 8, 2019, to discuss concerns with the Network Testing Order, including, but not limited to, the development and availability of testing-compatible equipment and the random selection of testing locations. They recommended delaying the effective date of implementation of performance measurement obligations until: standards and systems for performance testing are finalized, including final disposition of petitions for reconsideration and applications for review, and final establishment of HUBB portal changes and other reporting systems; vendors have designed a variety of solutions that conform to the finalized standards and offer options for deployment to smaller operators; and each carrier has had a reasonable chance to test the testing through a grace period following its own deployment. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 02/13/2019]

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 Spring eLation User Meeting

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April 9 – 10, 2019
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All General and Optional Sessions are Free of Charge

Calling all eLation users! Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2019 Spring 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

March 13-14 2019 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association - Joint Use Conference Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

March 14, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

March 14, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

March 18-20 2019 - Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Annual Convention & Trade Show Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 25-27 2019 - Iowa Communictions Alliance Annual Meeting and Expo Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines, Iowa

March 27, 2019 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association Government Relations Seminar Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club, Madison, Wisconsin

April 1-3, 2019 - South Carolina Telecommunications and Broadband Association (SCTBA) Annual Convention Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

April 1-3, 2019 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) and New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA) Spring Symposium Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland, Maine

April 2-4, 2019 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Tech Expo Doubletree Resort by Hilton, Sacramento, California

April 23-24, 2019 - Ohio Telecom Association (OTA) 124th Annual Convention Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, Ohio

April 24-25, 2019 - Indiana Broadband and Technology Association (IBTA) Spring Meeting Cambria Suites Hotel, Westfield, Indiana

April 24-25, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Spring Conference The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

May 6-8, 2019 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) 2019 Spring Conference Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

May 7-8, 2019 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Cooperative Association (WSTCA) Spring and Annual Conference Holiday Inn, South Eau Claire, Wisconsin

May 14-16, 2019 - North Dakota Telephone Association (NDTA) Annual Telecom Operations Conference (TOC) and Showcase Holiday Inn, Fargo, North Dakota

May 20-22, 2019 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Annual Meeting Valdez Civic & Convention Center, Valdez, Alaska

May 20-23, 2019 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association 109th Annual Convention Grand Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

May 21, 2019 - Nebraska Telecommunications Association (NTA) Spring Conference & Annual Meeting Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, Lincoln, Nebraska