Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



May 2019, Volume 199     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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FCC Eliminates Local Service Rate Floor

     The FCC released the report and order, adopted at its April 12, 2019 Open Meeting, that eliminated the high-cost USF programís local service rate floor rule. The order also eliminated the reporting obligations associated with the rate floor after July 1, 2020. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/16/2019]

WTA Offers Suggestions for Performance Testing Requirements

     WTA filed a letter on April 17, 2019, to present proposals for improving the efficiency, effectiveness and equity of the performance testing process for RoR recipients of high- cost support. WTA proposed a flexible start time within the hour for testing, claiming requiring tests to begin at the top of each hour could result in congestion at the IXP that could have impacts similar to a distributed denial of service attack. WTA also proposed carriers self-certify a customer is either unwilling to participate in testing or has incompatible customer-owned CPE, and a substitute is needed. WTA suggested performance testing be treated similar to cable television signal leakage testing, arguing before a RoR LEC is deprived of high-cost support due to a deemed failure of its test results, it should be given a reasonable period to deploy the network upgrades necessary to meet the applicable speed and latency standards and then to re-test any problem areas under its control. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/18/2019]

USTelecom, WISPA, ITTA, et al. Recommend Changes to Network Testing Requirements

     USTelecom, WISPA, CenturyLink, Great Plains Communications, AT&T, Alaska Communications and ITTA met with Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Economics and Analytics staff on April 15, 2019, to discuss network testing requirements. They claimed the AT&T latency testing data recently submitted support their request for the Commission to harmonize the frequency of latency testing with the frequency of speed testing by requiring one latency test per hour. They reiterated the Commission should more closely align Tier 1 of the orderís compliance framework for latency and speed benchmarks with Tier 1 of the broadband deployment compliance framework. They urged the Commission to provide CAF recipients maximum flexibility as to the endpoints of speed and latency testing and advocated for a revised testing and reporting implementation period. They also advocated the need for additional guidance on testing data, for example, the specific requirements and test result formats for each testing method. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/19/2019]

FCC Warns of Lifeline Subsidies Fraud

     The Federal Communications Commission has issued an advisory aimed at deterring what the agency says are fraudulent practices in the Universal Service Program, particularly its Lifeline grants for subsidizing service to low-income people. The agency's Office of Inspector General said the warning was meant to inform stakeholders of the problem. Full story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/17/2019]

Seminar Series for 2019

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

Pai Announces Initiatives on 5G, Closing Digital Divide

     Chairman Pai spoke at the White House on April 12, 2019, to discuss 5G. Pai said the FCC is pursuing a three-part strategy called the 5G FAST plan that includes: freeing up spectrum; making it easier to install wireless infrastructure; and encouraging the deployment of optical fiber. Pai announced the FCC intends to start its third 5G spectrum auction on December 10 of this year, saying it will be the largest spectrum auction in the nationís history. He also said the FCC aims to create a new $20.4 billion rural digital opportunity fund at the FCC, with the money targeted at extending high-speed broadband to up to four million homes and small businesses in rural America. Summary of Initiatives [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/15/2019]

Kudlow: Trump Administration Committed To Private 5G Rollout

     Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, sought to assuage concerns about the US government potentially nationalizing 5G networks, saying that the Trump administration still backs 5G deployment led by the private sector. Full story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/05/2019]

OíRielly Discusses Draft USF Budget Item

     Commissioner OíRielly wrote a blog post on April 2, 2019, on an item circulating to Commissioners to begin a rulemaking that would establish an overall budget for the USF. OíRielly said an overall cap is crucial despite the existence of individual caps on three of the four USF sub-programs, noting the Commission has repeatedly raised the budgets of those programs without being required to offset spending elsewhere. He said an overall budget would require the Commission to consider the cost-effectiveness of its spending decisions and the consequences of raising one programís budget for the entire USF enterprise. He said to the extent raising the cap would be necessary in the future, the Commission would not be precluded from voting to do so, but said the choice to increase spending would be exercised in a much more transparent and accountable manner. He said the itemís proposed budgetary cap of $11.42 billion is well above current disbursement levels, leaving almost a $2 billion cushion for potential future spending. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 04/03/2019]

768k Day Expected To Disrupt Internet Traffic -- Again

     Internet administrators are bracing for 768k Day, when the number of IPv4 addresses for networks could overwhelm router memory. A global crisis took place in 2014, when addresses exceeded the 512,000-route limit of the time, but preparations are now underway to upgrade old equipment and establish workarounds to limit the chaos. Full story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/19/2019]

Survey: 24% of Workers Ignore Security Guidelines

     Twenty-four percent of 1,569 US or UK workers surveyed by Symphony Communication Services said they are aware of internet technology security guidelines but ignore them. Symphony's survey also found that 27% of workers said they connect to unsecure networks and that 25% said they share confidential information through platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Skype and Slack. Full story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 04/24/2019]

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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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

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

June 2-5, 2019 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) and Arkansas Telecommunications Association (ATA) Summer Conference Ritz Carlton, St. Louis, Missouri

June 3-5, 2019 - New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA) Annual Conference Harbor Hotel, Clayton, New York

June 4-6, 2019 - Indiana Broadband and Technology Association (IBTA) Annual Convention French Lick Resort, French Lick, Indiana

June 5-7, 2019 - Oregon Telecommunications Association (OTA) and Washington Independent Telephone Association (WITA) Joint Annual Meeting Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon

June 6, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) Small Company Meeting The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania

June 9-11, 2019 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) 114th Annual Convention Margaritaville Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri

June 11-14, 2019 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Spring Managers Conference Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas

June 16-19, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (TASE) Summer Symposium Pensacola Beach Hilton, Pensacola Beach, Florida

June 20-22, 2019 - Carolinas-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Annual Conference Myrtle Beach Marriott, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

June 23-26, 2019 - Georgia Telecommunications Association (GTA) 100th Year Celebration of GTA - 97th Annual Meeting Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tennessee

June 26-28, 2019 - Tri-State Conference (NC, SC, VA) (Hosted by CVTMA) Sea Trail Resort, Sunset Beach, North Carolina

July 8-10, 2019 - Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA) 117th Annual Convention The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania

July 15-17, 2019 - North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC) Summer Conference Medora Community Center, Medora, North Dakota

July 24-25, 2019 - Colorado Telecom Association (CTA) Summer Convention and Showcase Embassy Suites Hotel, Loveland, Colorado

July 28-31, 2019 - Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association (MTIA) Summer Conference Hilton Branson Hotel & Convention Center, Branson, Missouri