Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter



July 2019, Volume 201     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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The NTA Convention is August 13st and 14th at MontBleu Resort, South Lake Tahoe
I would like to thank everyone who has helped put this years program together. Great job, all!! Here is a quick look at the current itinerary:

Monday, August 12, 2019

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Board Dinner

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament - Genoa Lakes Golf Course

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Whittell Mansion Tour

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Associate Member Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception and Showcase

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Breakfast Buffet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcase

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

General Session

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Scholarship Luncheon

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner and Silent Auction


     If you have not had the time to register, please do so soon as the cut off for our discounted room rate is July 13th
Bring your sun screen and we'll see you at Tahoe!


FCC Issues Rulemaking Notice To Cap USF Grants

     The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to set in motion a plan to possibly cap overall spending for the Universal Service Fund program at $11.4 billion. The FCC disbursed $8.3 billion in USF funds last year and the cap could rise annually by the rate of inflation. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/04/2019]

FCC Sets August Vote to Improve Broadband Mapping

     The Federal Communications Commission will vote in August on an order aimed at improving the accuracy of broadband maps, Chairman Ajit Pai told the Senate Commerce Committee. Pai said the agency would propose that service providers report "where they actually offer service below the census block level." Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/12/2019]

Pai Responds to Congress on Broadband Mapping

     Chairman Pai sent letters to members of Congress representing Colorado on June 11, 2019, in response to their letter regarding broadband mapping. Pai said the FCC initiated a new data collection for mobile broadband coverage as part of the Mobility Fund Phase II and began a review of the Form 477 process to ensure the FCC’s broadband data was more accurate, granular and useful to the Commission and the public. Pai said a public feedback mechanism could improve the Commission’s broadband coverage maps and Form 477 data, suggesting the Commission’s speed test app is one way consumers can currently participate in collecting data about broadband deployment. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 06/24/2019]

FCC Announces Third Quarter USF Contribution Factor

     The FCC Office of Managing Director released a public notice on June 12, 2019, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter of 2019 will be 24.4%, up from the previous quarter’s 18.8%. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 06/13/2019]

Seminar Series for 2019

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

FTC Announces Operation Call it Quits Against Robocallers

     The Federal Trade Commission and its law enforcement partners announced a major crackdown on illegal robocalls on June 25, 2019, including 94 actions targeting operations around the country. It said the joint crackdown, Operation Call it Quits, is part of the FTC’s ongoing effort to help stem the tide of prerecorded telemarketing calls and today’s announcement brings the number of cases the FTC has brought against illegal robocallers and Do Not Call violators to 145. It noted, in addition to the FTC’s actions, 25 federal, state and local agencies have brought 87 enforcement actions as part of the initiative. The announcement listed the FTC cases against First Choice Horizon, 8 Figure Dream Lifestyle, Derek Jason Bartoli, Media Mix 365, Lifewatch, Redwood Scientific and Life Management Services. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 06/26/2019]

Rural Call Completion Rules Effective July 5

     The FCC published in the Federal Register on June 4, 2019, the fourth report and order on rural call completion, which was issued on March 15, 2019. The order implemented the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017, which establishes service quality standards for intermediate providers, sets forth procedures to enforce intermediate provider requirements and sunsets the rural call completion data recording and retention requirements. The order is effective July 5, 2019. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 06/04/2019]

Pai Urges Industry to Implement SHAKEN/STIR Call Authentication

     Chairman Pai spoke at USTelecom’s forum on “Turning the Tide on Illegal Robocalls” on June 11, 2019. Pai noted the FCC just adopted a declaratory ruling that gives phone companies the legal clarity they need to establish call-blocking services as a default setting for consumers, saying it is now time for voice service providers to implement call blocking by default as soon as possible. He also said the FCC took an important step toward ensuring voice service providers implement the SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication framework and proposed last week to give a safe harbor to phone companies that block calls lacking proper caller ID authentication. Pai noted the FCC will be hosting a summit on July 11 on robocalls and implementation of SHAKEN/STIR. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 06/12/2019]

Businesses Need to Think Differently About IoT in 5G World

     The introduction of 5G is creating all kinds of options and challenges for the internet of things universe, resulting in what one analyst described as a "wild West." The choices businesses make now need to be long- term investments because IoT devices will have longer lifespans with different connectivity issues than other technologies. Full story... [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 06/21/2019]

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.

Please click for more information..

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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

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

August 13-14, 2019 - Nevada Telecommunications Association (NTA) Annual Convention Mont Bleu Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

August 18-22, 2019 - South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) Annual Meeting Holiday Inn Conference Center, Spearfish, South Dakota

August 25-28, 2019 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Convention and Product Showcase Hyatt Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas

August 26-28, 2019 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Annual Meeting Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana

September 4-6, 2019 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendor Showcase & Golf Outing Embassy Suites, East Peoria, Illinois

September 10-12, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Maine (TAM) and Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Annual Meeting Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine

September 12-13, 2019 - The Oklahoma Rural Broadband Association (OTA) Technical Conference Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 12-13, 2019 - The Oklahoma Rural Broadband Association (OTA) Technical Conference Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 17-19, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan ComPulse Inn at Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Michigan

October 2-3, 2019 - Northeast Telecommunications Showcase (NETS) Doubletree by Hilton, Binghampton, New York

October 7-9, 2019 - Arizona New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall ConferenceHarrah's Ak-Chin Casino & Resort, Phoenix-Maricopa, Arizona

October 9-11, 2019 - Texas Statewide Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TSTCI) Annual MeetingThe Westin Austin at the Domain, Austin, Texas

October 9-10, 2019 - MTA - Minnesota Telecom Alliance Fall ConferenceMinneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

October 14-16, 2019 - Mid-America Telecom Showcase & Seminar (MATSS)Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 15-17, 2019 - KTA-TTA - Kentucky Telephone and Tennessee Telecom Fall ConferenceHoliday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convetion Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky

October 20-23, 2019 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Annual ConferenceThe Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa, Sonoma, California

October 21-23, 2019 - Wisconsin's Broadband Association (WSTA) Fall Conference & ExhibitHoliday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

October 23-25, 2019 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Fall ConferenceOmni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

October 23-24, 2019 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Tech ShowcaseHilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

October 27-30, 2019 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast Annual MeetingGrand Hotel Point Clear, Point Clear, Alabama