Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



October 2020, Volume 216     Serving the Industry for over 62 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 Announces 27.1% Proposed USF Contribution Factor for Q4

     On September 14, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2020 to be 0.271 or 27.1 percent. The FCC calculates the quarterly contribution factor based on the ratio of total projected quarterly costs of the universal service support mechanisms to contributorsí total projected collected end-user interstate and international telecommunications revenues, net of projected contributions.

     To determine the quarterly contribution base, the FCC decreases the fourth quarter 2020 estimate of projected collected interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues by the projected revenue requirement to account for circularity and decrease the result by one percent to account for uncollectible contributions. To arrive at the final proposed contribution base, USAC reduces each providerís contribution obligation by a circularity discount approximating the providerís contributions in the upcoming quarter. [Source: Blooston Telecom Update, 09/17/2020]

Call Blocking FNPRM

     Comments were filed on August 31, 2020, on the FNPRM on additional steps to further protect consumers from robocalls. WTA asserted the best way to resolve robocall blocking issues is the development and implementation of an efficient, effective and economic alternative caller ID authentication framework for calls originating on the 40% or more of the voice service network where STIR/SHAKEN does not work. Noble Systems said the Commission should develop regulations requiring a per-call blocking notification for callers and clarify its regulations with respect to providing safe harbor to voice service providers when they inadvertently block calls. Encore Capital Group said to prevent erroneous call blocking of legitimate calls, VSPs should be required to provide callers with advance notice of blocking. ZipDX proposed, as part of a safe harbor for providers, foreign-sourced calls be prohibited from using USA caller ID values, and for telemarketing calls it suggested restrictions on web-based consent. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/01/2020]

FCC Implements STIR/SHAKEN Robocall Rules

     The Federal Communications Commission has approved a new set of rules governing the STIR/SHAKEN scheme that helps block illegal robocalls. Service providers must upgrade to networks based on internet protocol or provide non-IP caller ID authentication solutions before June 2021. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 09/30/2020]

Robocalling Safe Harbor Effective October 14

     On September 14, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Third Report and Order adopting two safe harbors from liability for the inadvertent blocking of wanted calls as robocalls. As a result, the FCCís safe harbors are effective October 14, 2020.

     As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, in July the FCC adopted two safe harbors from liability for the unintended or inadvertent blocking of wanted calls as robocalls: the first safe harbor protects phone companies that use reasonable analytics, including caller ID authentication information, to identify and block illegal or unwanted calls from liability; the second safe harbor protects providers that block call traffic from bad actor upstream voice service providers that pass illegal or unwanted calls along to other providers, when those upstream providers have been notified but fail to take action to stop these calls.

     Along with the Third Report and Order, the FCC adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on whether to obligate phone companies to better police their networks against illegal calls, and whether to require them to provide information about blocked calls to consumers for free. In addition, the Further Notice seeks comment on notification and effective redress mechanisms for callers when their calls are blocked, and on whether measures are necessary to address the mislabeling of calls. Reply comments in this proceeding are due September 29. [Source: Blooston Telecom Update, 09/17/2020]

Seminar Series for 2020

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

Trump to Nominate Simington as FCC Commissioner

     President Trump announced on September 15, 2020, his intent to nominate Nathan A. Simington to be an FCC commissioner. Simington is currently a senior advisor in the NTIA, specializing in network and telecommunications policy, and works on 5G security and secure supply chains, the American Broadband Initiative and is NTIAís representative to the Government Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. [Source: Washington Watch, 09/16/2020]

FCC Changes Rules to Open More E-Rate Funds for Schools

     The Federal Communications Commission allocated more E-rate funds for schools in order buy more bandwidth to support remote learning but the Wireline Competition Bureau stopped short of expanding the subsidies to students homes. The Bureau cited the COVID-19 pandemic for approving the temporary rule change to open a second filing window for the subsidies. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 09/11/2020]

Senators Urge FCC to Use E-rate Funding for Student Connectivity

     Thirty-eight senators sent a letter to Chairman Pai on September 17, 2020, urging the Commission to use the E-rate program to close the homework gap. They asserted the Commission has clear authority and available funding under the E-rate program to start connecting students immediately and said previous Commissions have interpreted the statute as allowing them to make changes to the E-rate program in response to emergencies. They urged him to adopt a similarly expansive view in light of the pandemic. Press Release [Source: Washington Watch, 09/21/2020]

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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