Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter


November 2018, Volume 193           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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Justice Department Challenges California Net Neutrality Law

     The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on September 28, 2018, challenging a net neutrality bill recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, which seeks to guarantee strong net neutrality protections for California residents. The complaint seeks a declaration invalidating and preliminarily and permanently enjoining the bill. The Justice Department asserted it is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. Commissioners OíRielly and Rosenworcel released statements. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 10/02/2018]

Attorneys General In 3 States Back FCC On Net Neutrality

     The Federal Communications Commission has won the backing of attorneys general in Texas, Nebraska and Arkansas for retaining its rollback of net neutrality rules. The state officials filed a joint brief last week arguing that the Trump administration FCC was within its rights to reverse the decision made by the previous commission. Read More... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 10/23/2018]

District Court Stays Challenge of California Net Neutrality Bill

     The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an order on October 26, 2018, granting a stipulation by plaintiffs U.S. Department of Justice and ACA, et al. and defendants the state of California, et al. for a temporary stay of litigation and agreement not to enforce California Senate Bill 822. The order said defendants agreed they shall not take any action to enforce, or direct the enforcement of, the bill in any respect, including through participation in any private action seeking to enforce the bill. The court held that further proceedings shall be stayed until: the D.C. Circuit issues its opinion in the pending Mozilla v. FCC case and the period for seeking further review from the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court has expired; or a final decision has been issued by the D.C. Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court in response to any petition for rehearing or certiorari either denying such petition or issuing a final decision. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 10/29/2018]

     

Seminar Series for 2018

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

Commission Adopts Order on Incentive Regulation for RoR Carrier BDS Services

     The Commission issued a news release summarizing the RoR BDS Order adopted at the October 23, 2018 Open Meeting. The order allows certain RLECs that receive fixed high-cost support the opportunity to transition from rate-of-return regulation to incentive regulation for their business data services. For carriers that opt in, the order: provides an opportunity to move their legacy BDS to incentive regulation similar to the price cap regulation adopted in 2017; relieves their lower speed TDM-based end user channel terminations services of ex ante pricing regulation in areas deemed competitive by a competitive market test; eliminates ex ante pricing regulation for their higher speed TDM-based BDS (above DS3) and their packet-based BDS; and forbears from requiring electing carriers to comply with cost support, cost assignment and jurisdictional separations requirements. The FNPRM seeks comment on creating a pathway to ending ex ante pricing regulation for the lower speed TDM-based transport services of RoR carriers opting in to the incentive regulation framework. The second FNPRM addresses a remand in the Eighth Circuit Courtís decision on the 2017 rules by seeking comment on a proposal to remove pricing regulation of the TDM transport services of price cap carriers. The order is not yet released. The FCC posted on EDOCs on October 23, 2018, a list of rate-of-return study areas deemed competitive. It also posted a list of areas in price cap counties deemed competitive, non-competitive and grandfathered. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 10/24/2018]

Robocallers Evade Call-Blocking Rule, Attorneys General Say

     Robocallers have adopted methods such as "neighbor spoofing" to get around rules on call blocking, report 35 state attorneys general. The officials are asking the Federal Communications Commission "to adopt rules authorizing providers to block these and other kinds of illegally spoofed calls." Read Story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 10/12/2018]

FCC Might Cut Hearing-Impairment Service Reimbursements

     Federal regulators are considering lowering the fees the government pays telecoms for providing text-display phone services to customers with hearing impairments. The Federal Communications Commission believes users could be steered to less expensive remedies. Full Story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 10/18/2018]

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

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