Nevada Telecommunications Association Newsletter


September 2018, Volume 191           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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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

2018 Fall eLation User Meeting
eLation
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND THE

2018 eLation Fall User Meeting
October 9-10, 2018
Highland Conference Center

All General and Optional Sessions are Free of Charge

Calling all eLation users! Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2018 Fall eLation Billing & Financials User Meeting in Mitchell, SD. Join us for two days packed with information regarding updates and enhancements to the software and optional training opportunities. Donít miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge of the eLation software and to see what the future holds for eLation.

Follow this link for more information and to register: http://www.innovsys.com/innovsys/news-events/elation-user-meeting/

Registeration is open for MACC's
2018 Conference!

Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC) has scheduled their 2018 conference. At this event, MACC clients will have the opportunity to learn new skills related to MACC products and network with their peers in the telecom industry.

MACC Billing and Technology Conference - MBTC
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Session One - September 5-7
- Session Two - September 10-12
- MBTC details and registration - http://www.maccmbtc.com/

For more information on this event, please contact
Kristi Rounds, at 402-533-5184 - krounds@maccnet.com or
JoEllen Maras, at 402-533-5117 - jmaras@maccnet.com.

Study: Telecoms Could Capitalize on Blockchain Tech

     Blockchain technology represents a lucrative opportunity for telecoms -- to the tune of $1 billion, according to forecasts from research firm GlobalData. Among the investments cited is Verizon's stake in Filament, which could aid the telecom in areas such as payments for drone delivery. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/23/2018]

USTelecom Responds to States' Challenge of FCC Order

     A group of state attorneys general, along with private parties, has asked a US federal appeals court to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order and impose a backwards and balkanized approach on America's internet consumers in the name of consumer protections. USTelecom's response highlights broadband providers' commitment to an open internet, and emphasizes the need for modern and unambiguous protections that apply to all parts of the internet ecosystem. Read Full Statement [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/23/2018]

California Nears Passage of Net Neutrality Bill

     California is only a couple of steps away from enacting net neutrality legislation. A bill that passed the state Senate in May has sailed through an Assembly committee and now goes to the full Assembly. Read Full Statement [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/23/2018]

Net Neutrality Bill Heads To California Senate

     The California State Assembly has voted in favor of a bill that would essentially restore Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The bill will still require the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown if it passes the state Senate. Full Statement [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/31/2018]

Seminar Series for 2018

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

CAF Phase II Auction Winners Announced

     The Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force and the Wireless Telecommunications and Wireline Competition Bureaus issued a public notice announcing bidding in the CAF Phase II auction (Auction 903) concluded on August 21, 2018. They said there were 103 winning bidders in the auction, with the 10-year support amount totaling $1.488 billion and covering 713,176 locations in 45 states. Winning bidders are required to submit a post-auction application for support (FCC Form 683) by October 15, 2018, and winning bidders that wish to assign some or all their winning bids to related entities must do so by September 14, 2018, using the Divide Winning Bids process as detailed on page 3 of the public notice. The three attachments to the public notice included: a list of the state, the 10-year assigned support amount and the number of locations assigned for each winning bidder; a list of the total assigned support, the number of locations assigned and the number of bidders with winning bids for each state with eligible areas in Auction 903; and instructions for FCC Form 683 (attachment C). [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/28/2018]

ITTA Discusses Establishment of BDS Rates For A-CAM Carriers

     ITTA spoke with Wireline Competition Bureau staff on August 23, 2018, to discuss the best way to establish initial business data services rate levels for electing A-CAM carriers exiting the NECA pools. ITTA discussed what time period the Commission should use for cost and revenue data for purposes of calculating a net recipient/net contributor factor, suggesting if the Commission adopts a six-month approach, it would be best to halve the full-year data because a full year of data better captures a carrierís cost and revenue patterns. ITTA also said using whichever data approach the Commission adopts, the data would be applied to adjust at least all NECA rates for services for which there is current demand and discussed whether it would be appropriate to adjust NECA rates for services for which there is no current demand, but some demand may be anticipated. [Source: NECA Washinton Watch,08/29/2018]

USDA Announces Web Page on Rural e-Connectivity

     U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on August 29, 2018, a new web page with information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the USDA is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America. The new web page will provide direct access to information on its decades-long programs that offer more than $700 million per year for modern broadband e-Connectivity in rural communities. USDA said in the coming months, it will almost double these longstanding programs with an additional $600 million. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/30/2018]

FCC Issues FY 2018 Regulatory Fees Order

     The FCC issued a report and order and order on August 29, 2018, adopting a schedule of regulatory fees to assess and collect $322,035,000 in regulatory fees for fiscal year 2018. The schedule of regulatory fees for FY 2018 is attached in appendix C of the order. The regulatory fees for all payors are due in September 2018. The FCC also amended its rules in accordance with the directives of the RAY BAUMíS Act regarding the collection of delinquent debts. This rule change will become effective on October 1, 2018. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/30/2018]

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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Up Coming Telecom Conferences

September 5-6 2018 - Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) Vendors' Showcase Embassy Suites, East Peoria, Illinois

September 9-12 2018 - Texas Telephone Association (TTA) Convention and Product Showcase Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay, Texas

September 11-13 2018 - Telecommunications Association of Maine Annual Convention Samoset Resort Hotel, Rockport, Maine

September 11-13 2018 - Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM) ComPulse The H Hotel, Midland, Michigan

September 27-28 2018 - Oklahoma Telephone Association (OTA) Technical Conference Hyatt Regency Downtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 1-3 2018 - Wisconsin Statewide Telephone Cooperative Association (WSTA) Fall Conference La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin

October 1-3 2018 - Arizona-New Mexico Telecommunications Association (ANMTA) Fall Conference Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe, Arizona

October 15-18 2018 - Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (TASE) Annual Convention Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama

October 15-17 2018 - California Communications Association (CalCom) Annual Conference Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey, CA

October 15-17 2018 - Mid-America Telecommunications Seminar & Showcase (MATSS) Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri

October 16-18 2018 - Kentucky Telecome Association and Tennessee Telecommunications Association Fall Conference Holiday Inn University Plaza, Bowling Green, Kentucky

October 24-26 2018 - Carolina-Virginias Telephone Membership Association (CVTMA) Fall Conference Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

October 24-25 2018 - Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) Tech Showcase Hilton Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

November 5-7 2018 - Telephone Association of New England (TANE) Annual Meeting and Convention 60th Anniversary Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

November 8-9 2018 - South Carolina Telecommunications & Broadband Association (SCTBA) Fall Conference & Showcase Marriott Hotel, Columbia, South Carolina

November 27-29 2018 - Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) 37th Annual Showcase Red Lion, Billings, Montana

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