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Industry News

January 2023

UPDATED JANUARY 10, 2023

The Nevada Telecommunications Association

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Frontier closes Q4 with new fiber subs gains of 75K

Frontier Communications added 75,000 fiber subscribers while netting 8,000 broadband additions in its fourth quarter, Chief Financial Officer Scott Beasley said. Beasley also told an investor conference that the company's $440 million in broadband funding will offer benefits beyond the specific locations covered by the grants.

Full Story: Fierce Telecom (1/5),  Telecompetitor (1/5) 

Lumen CEO eyes focuses on quality, customers

Lumen Technologies will "obsess about our customers and their problems," the telecom's new CEO Kate Johnson told an investor conference, saying the company needs to focus on doing fewer things better. Johnson said Lumen will emphasize the quality of its Quantum Fiber passings to help drive profitable revenue.

Full Story: Fierce Telecom (1/5) 

AT&T CFO: Managing costs, new tech key to fiscal outlook

AT&T will focus on reducing debt and growing earnings by managing costs with the aid of artificial intelligence and machine learning while maintaining its dividend, Chief Financial Officer Pascal Desroches said. "We've seen more of a normalization of growth," Desroches told an investor conference.

Full Story: Fierce Wireless (1/5) 

Private investment firms sparked most 2022 M&As

Private equity investors played a major role in nearly every broadband-related merger and acquisition in 2022 highlighted by investment firm Apollo Global Management's purchase of Lumen Technologies' operations in 20 states, this analysis notes. Private investment firms participated in 19 of the 26 broadband deals recorded last year.

Full Story: Telecompetitor (1/3) 

NTA Announcements

Quick Bites from RegScan
January 9, 2023

  • The FCC issued a tentative agenda for the Jan. 26, 2023 open meeting and will consider four items, including an item on the Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program.
     

  • President Biden renominated Gigi Sohn to be an FCC commissioner.
     

  • The Alaska Telecom Association filed a petition for rulemaking requesting the FCC update and extend the Alaska Plan program for high-cost support for fixed and mobile carriers serving Alaska.
     

  • The Wireline Competition Bureau extended the due date, until Jan. 23, 2023, for filing reply comments on the NOI on caller ID authentication technology for non-IP networks.
     

  • Comments were filed on the Alaska Remote Carrier Coalition’s petition for rulemaking to address the costs of middle mile transport expenses for portions of Alaska.
     

  • The FCC announced it committed nearly $34 million in additional Emergency Connectivity Fund support, bringing total program commitments to over $6.5 billion.
     

  • The FCC issued an NPRM on strengthening the rules for notifying customers and federal law enforcement of breaches of customer proprietary network information. Comments are due 30 days after publication in the FR; replies are due 60 days after publication.
     

  • The WCB issued a memorandum opinion and order approving Core Communications’ plan to refund certain interstate access service charges.

KEY UPCOMING DATES

Feb. 16 – Comments are due on the FNPRM on broadband consumer labels. Replies are due March 16, 2023.

FCC to accept broadband label comments until March 16

The FCC has extended the deadline for receiving comments on its proposed broadband labels by a month until March 16. The labels, which the FCC proposed in November, would require providers to display certain data about their service.

Full Story: Next TV (1/5) 

FCC allots $34M from ECF to serve 890,000 students

The FCC allocated another $34 million from its Emergency Connectivity Fund to support broadband access to roughly 890,000 students in six states covering 250 schools and 15 libraries. The new round brought the outlay thus far to $6.5 billion of the ECF's $7.17 billion total.

Full Story: Telecompetitor (1/4) 

Working together to achieve universal connectivity

Last month, USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter wrote an Op-Ed for Broadband Communities magazine outlining the important role public-private partnerships play in connecting communities. Read the full article here.

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