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Industry News

May 2024

UPDATED May 21, 2024

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AT&T is committed to open radio access networks but tapped Ericsson for a $14 billion RAN contract to focus initially on the service management and orchestration layer, AT&T's Todd Zeiler said. The carrier will seek to diversify its vendors through the radio unit sector, Zeiler added.

Full Story: Fierce Network (5/17) 

Connected vehicles, smart roads and other next-generation technology requires broadband's high speed and low latency, a a panel of tech executives recently said. The group noted the need for more spectrum and infrastructure across the country.

Full Story: Government Technology (5/17) 

Lumos targets 3.5M fiber homes through JV deal

Lumos's fiber-based broadband service will become part of a 50-50 joint venture thanks to a $950 million investment deal between T-Mobile and private equity firm EGT. Lumos will become a wholesale-only company.

Full Story: Telecompetitor (4/25),  Light Reading (4/25) 

The sponsor of a telehealth bill that passed a House Commerce subcommittee pointed to a "territorial rift" for proposing a measure similar to one the House Ways & Means Committee approved. Rep Buddy Carter, R-Ga., said he expects the panels to iron out their differences and extend telehealth waivers for two years.

Full Story: Fierce Healthcare (5/17) 

KEY UPCOMING DATES

  • June 6 – Comments are due on the state of competition in the communications marketplace.

NTA Announcements

  • REGISTER for the 2024 NTA Conference - go here to learn more
     

  • NOTE: Our address has changed! Our new address is:

Nevada Telecommunications Association
PO Box 93006
Henderson, NV 89009

  • The NTA has a new LOGO!

Quick Bites from RegScan
May 20, 2024

  • The FCC issued the agenda for the May 23, 2024 open meeting and will consider six items, including an NPRM on ensuring wireless equipment authorizations are not compromised by entities found to pose national security concerns.
     

  • The FCC issued a tentative agenda for the June 6, 2024 open meeting and will consider four items, including: an NPRM on changes to the rules for letters of credit required for recipients of high-cost support authorized through a competitive process; a report and order to establish the E-Rate Cybersecurity Pilot Program; and an NPRM on secure internet routing.
     

  • NTCA discussed CAF BLS and Enhanced A-CAM, including the timing considerations of grant programs and their interplay with new service level commitments under the CAF BLS Program, and issues raised in its petition for reconsideration of the EA-CAM order.
     

  • NTTA, et al. discussed tribal broadband issues and USF contributions reform.
     

  • The Alaska Telecom Association, et al., Alaska Power & Telephone and Alaska Broadband Advocates discussed the Alaska Connect Fund.
     

  • NTIA approved Pennsylvania’s initial proposal for the BEAD Program.
     

  • House subcommittees held hearings on the fiscal year 2025 FCC and NTIA budgets.

A bill now before the Senate would give the National Telecommunications and Information Administration additional responsibility for spectrum management and cybersecurity, more authority for its staff and a mission to promote digital equity. Leader Alan Davidson pointed out that the last NTIA updates occurred in 1992, when the internet was in a much more primitive state.

Full Story: Fierce Network (5/16) 

States largely performed well on a report card a nonprofit group handed out for how 34 of them are implementing the initial phases of the Broadband, Equity Access and Deployment program. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation says eight states and Washington, D.C., received an "A" while only four earned a "C," the lowest grade.

Full Story: Fierce Network (5/17) 

The $1 billion in federal support for middle-mile networks will come up far short of providers' needs, especially in rural areas, industry executives said. Lumen Technologies is trying to overcome that gap by leveraging existing infrastructure, said the telecom's Jordan Gross.

Full Story: Fierce Network (5/16) 

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