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Industry News

May 2023

UPDATED May 25, 2023

The Nevada Telecommunications Association

Serving the Industry for over 65 years.

Cost, complexity are streaming subscribers' top concerns

Complexity and cost both concern 82% of streaming subscribers, a Hub Entertainment Research survey shows. Hub Principal Jon Giegengack says simplifying the user experience can let providers reduce churn without cutting prices.

Full Story: TV Tech (5/24) 

States cite illegal robocalls in Avid lawsuit

Every state except Alaska and South Dakota has joined a federal court suit against Arizona-based Avid Telecom for allegedly routing billions of robocalls to people listed on the Do Not Call Registry. The company allegedly used spoofed or inoperative caller ID numbers to deliver more than 8.4 million calls.

Full Story: Ars Technica (5/24) 

Overall data breach threat down in Q1, report says

Breached accounts worldwide dropped 49% in the first quarter, compared with Q4 2022, and totaled 41.6 million, according to a report from Surfshark. Russia, the US, Taiwan, France and Spain were the top locations for breached accounts, and spikes were seen in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic and South Korea.

Full Story: TechRadar (5/23) 

Telecom chiefs chart paths for wireless growth

The heads of the top telecoms expressed optimism about the future of their wireless business at investor events with Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg terming the service "sticky" and "a necessity." The CEOs outlined divergent avenues to growth with AT&T's CEO John Stankey looking to bundle fiber with wireless.

Full Story: Light Reading (5/23) 


June 8 – Comments are due on modifying the calculation of the broadband reasonable comparability benchmarks for the urban rate survey. Replies are due June 23, 2023.

NTA Announcements

Quick Bites from RegScan
May 22, 2023

  • President Biden announced his intent to nominate Anna M. Gomez to be an FCC commissioner and renominate Commissioners Starks and Carr.


  • The FCC adopted three items at the May 18, 2023 open meeting, including a report and order, FNPRM and NOI on robocalls.


  • The FCC issued a tentative agenda for its June 8, 2023 open meeting and will consider four items, including an NPRM strengthening consumer consent for robocalls and robotexts.


  • NTCA urged the FCC to recalibrate the budget control mechanism for the CAF BLS and HCLS mechanisms at the current level of demand, among other things.


  • WTA discussed its request for a waiver of the BCM for CAF BLS and HCLS for at least the July 2023 to June 2024 support year.


  • The FCC announced June 30, 2023, is the filing deadline for the biennial recertification of study area boundary data.


  • The FCC approved NECA’s December 2022 proposed revisions to formulas used for average schedule interstate settlement disbursements for a one-year period beginning July 1, 2023.


  • The FCC released the broadband funding map, which contains data received from the USDA, NTIA and Treasury, as well as the FCC’s own data.


  • Treasury announced approval of $185.9 million for broadband projects in Delaware and Idaho under the Capital Projects Fund.


  • A Senate subcommittee held a hearing on May 17, 2023, on rural broadband. A House subcommittee held a markup session on 28 broadband-related bills.


  • Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), et al. introduced legislation to merge the ReConnect Program with USDA's broadband loan and grant program.

CEO: AT&T fiber passings far ahead of schedule

AT&T's fiber builds have passed twice as many locations than expected in its initial year with average revenue per user also an upside surprise, CEO John Stankey said. AT&T, which set a goal of 30 million passings by 2025, is keeping costs under control through its scale, Stankey added.

Full Story: Fierce Telecom (5/23) 

NTIA head fields BEAD allocation questions

National Telecommunications and Information Administration came under scrutiny from the House Oversight Committee for its handling of the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., urged NTIA chief Alan Davidson to speed up the BEAD approval process.

Full Story: American City & County (5/23) 

Highlighting investments in broadband

USTelecom launched a new video that highlights how broadband providers are investing to connect our communities. View the video and follow and engage with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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