Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



January 2019, Volume 195     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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With best wishes from the NTA to each and everyone of you, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Thank you for your support in 2018. Looking forward to an even better 2019.

First anniversary of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (and the world didn't end)

     Worth noting as the Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order celebrates its first anniversary -- the internet is still very much open, thriving, growing, and spinning on its axis. Broadband providers are united in support of an open internet and committed to delivering the content and services consumers demand. USTelecom will continue defending the FCC rules next year and until Congress passes a single framework that applies equally across the internet ecosystem. [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 12/17/2018]

February 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet

     All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual Form 499-A that is due April 1. [Source: Bloostonlaw Telecom Update, 12/12/2018]

FEBRUARY 1: FCC FORM 502, Number Utilization And Forecast Report

     Any wireless or wireline carrier (including paging companies) that have received number blocks--including 100, 1,000, or 10,000 number blocks--from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a Pooling Administrator, or from another carrier, must file Form 502 by February 1. Carriers porting numbers for the purpose of transferring an established customer’s service to another service provider must also report, but the carrier receiving numbers through porting does not. Resold services should also be treated like ported numbers, meaning the carrier transferring the resold service to another carrier is required to report those numbers but the carrier receiving such numbers should not report them. Reporting carriers are required to include their FCC Registration Number (FRN). Reporting carriers file utilization and forecast reports semiannually on or before February 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending December 31, and on or before August 1 for the preceding six-month reporting period ending June 30. [Source: Bloostonlaw Telecom Update, 12/12/2018]

Preventing Spam Robotexting

AT&T Supports Draft Declaratory Ruling on Wireless Messaging

     AT&T met with legal advisors to Chairman Pai and Commissioners O’Rielly, Rosenworcel and Carr on December 3, 2018, to express support for the draft declaratory ruling on wireless messaging. AT&T asserted this classification ensures greater consistency in the regulatory treatment of these services across the messaging ecosystem and empowers wireless providers to continue protecting consumers from unwanted text messages, thereby keeping messaging services relatively spam free. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 12/10/2018]

Verizon Supports Draft Declaratory Ruling on Wireless Messaging

     Verizon met with legal advisors to Chairman Pai and Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr on December 3 and 4, 2018, to express support for the draft declaratory ruling that would classify SMS and MMS wireless messaging as information services to help prevent consumers from receiving spam robotexts. Verizon said this classification will enable mobile providers to continue to deliver a trusted messaging platform for consumers that, in contrast to voice networks, remains virtually spam-free. Verizon asserted the analysis supporting the classification of SMS and MMS logically extends to successor protocols such as the rich communications suite or service. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 12/10/2018]

Seminar Series for 2018

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

FCC Releases RoR USF Reform Order, FNPRM, Order on Reconsideration

     The FCC released a report and order on December 13, 2018, that 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. In the accompanying order on reconsideration, the FCC denied three petitions seeking reconsideration of the FCC’s decision directing the Wireline Competition Bureau to offer additional A-CAM support up to $146.10 per-location to all carriers that accepted the revised offers of A-CAM. In the accompanying FNPRM, the FCC seeks comment on implementing an auction mechanism for support in legacy areas overlapped by an unsubsidized competitor, addressing budgetary impacts as carriers transition to broadband-only lines, and applying the tribal broadband factor from the A-CAM II offer to legacy carriers. Comments are due 30 days after the FNPRM is published in the Federal Register; replies are due 60 days after Federal Register. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 12/14/2018]

National Verifier to Fully Launch in Five States and Guam on January 15

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice on December 13, 2018, to announce effective January 15, 2019, the national Lifeline eligibility verifier will fully launch in Hawaii, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Guam. The bureau said ETCs in these five states and one territory will be required to use the national verifier to make eligibility determinations for all consumers applying for Lifeline service and must cease using legacy eligibility processes for prospective Lifeline subscribers. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 12/14/2018]

First Quarter 2019 Proposed USF Contribution Factor is 20 Percent

     The FCC Office of Managing Director issued a public notice on December 12, 2018, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2019 will be 20 percent, down from the current 20.1 percent. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 12/13/2018]

FCC Releases 2019 Voice Service Rate Floor, Reasonably Comparable Rates

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice on December 20, 2018, to announce the 2019 reasonable comparability benchmarks for fixed voice and broadband services for ETCs subject to broadband public interest obligations, including rate-of-return carriers, incumbent price cap carriers receiving CAF Phase II support, Rural Broadband Experiment providers, and CAF Phase II Auction winners. The bureau also announced the posting of the fixed voice and broadband services data collected in the most recent urban rate survey, and explanatory notes regarding the data, on the Commission’s website, as well as the required minimum usage allowance for ETCs subject to public interest obligations for fixed broadband. The 2019 local voice service rate floor is $26.98; the reasonable comparability benchmark for voice services is $51.61; and the reasonable comparability benchmarks for broadband are between $66.12 for 4/1 Mbps (200 GB usage allowance) and $162.33 for 1000/100 Mbps (unlimited usage). The benchmarks for Alaska Plan carriers will be higher. ETCs providing fixed voice and broadband services must certify they meet the benchmarks in the FCC Form 481 filed no later than July 1, 2019. [NECA Washington Watch, 12/21/2018]

FCC Extends Separations Freeze for Six Years

     The FCC released a report and order and waiver on December 17, 2018, extending the freeze on Part 36 category relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors until the earlier of December 31, 2024, or the completion of comprehensive reform of the Part 36 jurisdictional separations rules. The Commission also provided carriers that opted to freeze their separations category relationships in 2001 a one-time opportunity to unfreeze and update those relationships, setting July 1, 2019, as the effective date for opting out of the freeze. It said carriers currently in the NECA traffic sensitive pool are required to notify NECA by March 1, 2019, of their decision to opt out of the category relationships freeze. To prevent double recovery of costs, the Commission adopted a method similar to the approach the bureau followed in waiving the category relationships freeze in the Eastex Waiver Order. The Commission also said in the event a summary of the Separations Freeze Extension Order is not published in the Federal Register by December 31, 2018, the Commission will waive the jurisdictional separations rules to the extent they would require carriers to update their category relationships and cost allocation factors. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 12/18/2018]

Team Fishel Team Fishel Serving the telecommunications industry since 1936, Team Fishel is the Best Choice for Utility Engineering, Construction, Installation and Maintenance.

Please click for more information..
           Cooper Cooper Provides comprehensive legal representation on matters of importance to telecommunications providers, their business partners and their principals since 1896.

Please click for more information..
           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.

Please click for more information..
           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 eLation Staking and Mapping User Meeting

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February 5-6, 2019
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Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2019 eLation Staking & Mapping User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. This FREE annual event will keep you informed on the most recent releases, updates to the product, and ways to promote your services. Real life scenarios, hands-on training sessions, and customer experiences with the Staking & Mapping software will highlight this year’s event.

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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

January 16-17 2019 - WSTA Wisconsin's Broadband Association - Broadband Forum Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

January 27-30 2019 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Winter Conference Sheraton Kona Resort, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Hawaii

January 29-31 2019 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) and New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA) Issues Forum Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs, New York

February 12, 2019 - Colorado Telecommunications Association (CTA) Winter Meeting Warwick International Hotels, Denver, Colorado

February 19, 2019 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Legislative Conference Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas

February 19-20 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM) PoliTECH Radisson Hotel, Lansing, Michigan

February 19-20 2019 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 22nd Annual Vendor Showcase Macon Marriott, Macon, Georgia

February 27-1 2019 - Louisiana Telecommunications Association 70th Annual Joint Convention with LCTA Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana

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