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August 2020, Volume 214     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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Justice Department Moves to Block California Net Neutrality Law

     On August 5, Reuters reported that the U.S. Justice Department is seeking a preliminary injunction to block California from being able to enforce its net neutrality law, arguing that federal law preempts the state statute.

     Approximately two years ago, the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018. It implemented many of the FCC’s own net neutrality rules, including prohibitions on blocking or slowing lawful traffic; zero-rating; and not being transparent about "network management practices, performance, and commercial terms." It also prohibited preventing users from using their own devices. Though signed into law, California agreed not to enforce its own state net neutrality law until a final court decision on the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, in October 2019 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit largely upheld the FCC’s repeal of its prior net neutrality order, remanding only three discrete issues for further consideration by the FCC: the impact of its order on public safety, pole attachment rules, and Lifeline support. However, it also found that the FCC’s express prohibition on state net neutrality laws was unlawful. Nevertheless, the Justice Department reportedly said that it still believes California’s net neutrality law is preempted by federal law. [Source: BloostonLaw Telecom Update, 08/12/2020]

Broadband Mapping Order Effective September 17

     The second report and order on broadband mapping was published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2020. The order: adopted specific reporting and disclosure requirements for fixed and mobile broadband availability and quality of service data; and required fixed and mobile wireless providers to submit standardized propagation maps, propagation model details and infrastructure information, among other things. The order is effective September 17, 2020. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/18/2020]

USTelecom, et al. Discuss Broadband Mapping

     USTelecom, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream and Verizon spoke with Wireline Competition Bureau, Office of Economics and Analytics, and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau staff on August 12, 2020, regarding the third FNPRM on broadband mapping. They suggested the Commission require only a single category of reporting such as mass market services as opposed to requiring providers to distinguish between residential and residential-and-business locations. They also suggested the FCC not require latency reporting, asserting it is not required by the Broadband DATA Act. They also claimed verification of data can be achieved via the challenge and crowdsourcing resources alone and additional measures are not necessary. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/18/2020]

Seminar Series for 2020

NTCA Live
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Courses and Conferences
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USTelecom On-demand
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FCC Retains 25/3 Mbps as Minimum Broadband Standard

     The Federal Communications Commission is retaining its current definition of broadband as a downstream speed of 25 megabits per second, and 3 Mbps for upstream traffic, although Democratic members said 100 Mbps should be the standard. The move comes as the agency is preparing its yearly report on broadband deployment, which will leave several other guidelines unchanged. Full Story [Source: USTelecom dailyLead, 08/21/2020]

USAC Files Fourth Quarter USF Support Mechanisms Fund Size Projections

     USAC filed the Federal Universal Service Support Mechanisms Fund Size Projections for the fourth quarter of 2020 on July 31, 2020. USAC indicated the total high-cost support mechanism funding requirements are projected to be $1.248 billion. ( appendices)[Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/04/2020]

Wireline Bureau Announces Proposed NANP Fund Size Estimate, Contribution Factor for Fiscal Year 2021

     The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice on August 10, 2020, to announce the proposed North American Numbering Plan Administration fund size estimate and contribution factor for fiscal year 2021. The bureau said the proposed fund size will be $14,502,652, which includes $6M for the reassigned numbers database creation costs, and the proposed overall contribution factor is 0.0001267. [Source: NECA Washington Watch, 08/11/2020]

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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