Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter


December 2018, Volume 194           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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FCC Tentative Agenda for December Open Meeting

     Along with other matter, at the meeting, the FCC will consider Incentive-Based Universal ervice Support – a Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order on Reconsideration. The Report and Order would offer additional funding to carriers that currently receive model-based universal service support in exchange for deploying broadband at increased speeds, provide an opportunity for legacy carriers to transition to model-based support, and authorize additional support for carriers remaining on the legacy rate-of-return support mechanism in exchange for targeting higher broadband speeds. The FNPRM would seek comment on implementing an auction mechanism for support in legacy areas that are overlapped or almost entirely overlapped by an unsubsidized competitor, and on addressing budgetary impacts as carriers transition to broadband-only lines. The Order on Reconsideration would deny three petitions for reconsideration. (WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 14-58, 07-135, 01-92) [Source: BloostonLaw, 11/28/2018]

NTCA Supports USF Reform Order for Rate-of-Return Carriers

     NTCA met with advisors to Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr and Rosenworcel on November 27, 2018, to express strong support for the draft RoR USF Reform Order that will be voted on at the December Open Meeting. NTCA also discussed: verification of Form 477 data in connection with accurately confirming the extent of any competitive overlap; proper calibration of buildout obligations to reflect increased speed targets; changes to the budget control mechanism calculation; the per-line cap on cost-based support; and pending petitions for reconsideration regarding model-based support. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 10/30/2018]

USTelecom Discusses Draft RoR USF Reform Order

     USTelecom met with Commissioner O’Rielly’s advisor and intern on November 29, 2018, to discuss the draft RoR USF Reform Order and FNPRM and how it compares with the proposals in the October 1, 2018 association letter. USTelecom specifically addressed the potential impacts of a second A-CAM offer and the lack of a challenge process in determining competitive overlap. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 10/30/2018]

     

Seminar Series for 2018

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

RUS Seeks Applications for Rural Broadband Access Program

     The Rural Utilities Services published a notice in the Federal Register on November 15, 2018, to announce it is accepting applications for FY 2019 for the Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program. Applications for FY 2019 will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 30, 2019. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 11/19/2018]

SpaceX Gets FCC Nod For Global Broadband System

     Federal regulators have granted permission for SpaceX to build and operate 7,518 satellites for a very-low-Earth orbit system that provides global internet service. The Federal Communications Commission also expanded access to three other firms: Kepler Communications, Telesat Canada and LeoSat. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 11/16/2018]

Regulators Consider 25 Mbps Floor For Rural Broadband

     The Federal Communications Commission has proposed raising the minimum rural broadband download speed to 25 megabits per second. New networks built using incentives from the agency's Connect America Fund would need to meet the higher standard, as opposed to the current 10 Mbps, but the proposal would not apply retroactively. Read More [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 11/21/2018]

Pai Asks Voice Providers to Adopt Call Authentication System to Combat Robocalls

     Chairman Pai sent letters to AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Charter and other voice providers on November 5, 2018, urging them to adopt a robust call authentication system to combat illegal caller ID spoofing and launch that system no later than next year. Pai asked those companies that have not established concrete plans to protect their customers using the SHAKEN and STIR standards to do so without delay. Pai posed questions to the providers regarding their implementation plans. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 11/06/2018]

NTCA Discusses Barriers to Access Public Rights-of-Way

     NTCA met with legal advisors to Commissioners Carr and O’Rielly on November 8, 2018, to discuss its support for efforts by the Commission to address unreasonable barriers to access to public rights-of-way necessary for the provision of communications services. NTCA said while the business case for deployment of rural broadband infrastructure is difficult enough in deeply rural areas, adding in excessive fees beyond those reasonably necessary for state and local jurisdictions to recoup costs or enforcing ROW provisions that invite excessive construction delays can exacerbate the costs for deployment and/or the time required for upgrading existing facilities. NTCA said section 253 provides authority for the Commission to address concerns of this kind and encouraged the Commission to continue to consider means of advancing deployment of communications infrastructure through the authority it has been provided under the act. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 11/14/2018]

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

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

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