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Washington report: issues with broad support

By Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations

The August recess is in full swing and the halls of Congress will be quiet until after Labor Day. While it may be slow on Capitol Hill, the FCC has continued its heavy workload, including several issues of importance to rural Americans. It is hard to believe but the 2020 campaign trail is heating up and there has been a significant focus on rural connectivity.

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EXPO 2019 kicks off on a Rocky Mountain high

By Val Kostenko, manager - IR Communications and Methods

The telecom industry continues its breakneck pace, with technology improvements and legislative changes becoming regular occurrences. We are gearing up to provide you with the latest news and information at EXPO 2019

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Industry Issues Meeting provides a forum for exchange of information and ideas

By Ann Wahba, senior director - Industry Relations Headquarters

March in Minneapolis may not be everyone’s ideal weather location for an industry event, but the NECA Industry Issues Meeting held on March 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Regency contained enough hot topics and enthusiastic discussion to warm even the most chilling environment.

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Filed under April 2019, Tagged with Broadband, Pooling, Tariffs

Service pricing tool designed for convenience and speed

By Barbara Vrahnos, project manager - Access Technology Planning

Time is a precious commodity and possessing an effective method to complete tasks accurately and faster is essential to good business.

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Filed under April 2019, Tagged with Broadband, Tariffs, Technology

RLECs equate broadband growth to streaming media demand

By Barbara Vrahnos, project manager - Access Technology Planning

Our informal discussions over the past several months with rural local exchange carriers indicate there are increases in the amount and changes in the type of broadband traffic traversing their networks.

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Filed under February 2019, Tagged with Broadband, Technology

A look back and forward for access services

By Barbara Vrahnos, project manager - Access Technology Planning

The new year offers each of us a chance to reflect on what we have accomplished in the past 12 months and plan what we want to accomplish next. NECA staff is no different when it comes to strategizing for new tariff offerings and changes to existing offerings.

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Filed under January 2019, Tagged with Broadband, Tariffs, Technology

Washington report: activity amid the shutdown

By Bob Deegan, director - Government Relations

It is now more than one month into the partial government shutdown as Congress and the president remain unable to agree on appropriations for multiple government entities, including the FCC.

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EXPO 2018 proved to be big and easy

Smack dab in the middle of the mid-term elections, NECA EXPO 2018 convened in New Orleans and provided attendees with all the current telecom information and down-home hospitality they needed to fully enjoy their trip to the Big Easy.

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Filed under December 2018, Tagged with Broadband, EXPO, USF Reform

In Focus: Fall 2018

By Bill Hegmann, president and CEO

In my spring communication to you, I previewed our new method of distributing Access articles. Our process is now fully operational, and as an Access subscriber you should be receiving email alerts, either weekly or on-publish (your choice) when we release a new feature. I hope you are enjoying our enhanced delivery of timely information. 

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Ethernet Transport Service rates reduced and realigned to fulfill customer needs

By Barbara Vrahnos, project manager – Access Technology and Planning

Our 2018/2019 Ethernet Transport Service rates add another component to your goal of meeting your customers’ needs. Four components of satisfying customer requirements are product, performance, price and promotion. 

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Filed under September 2018, Tagged with Broadband, Tariffs

Washington report: dog days of summer bring plenty of activity

By Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations

August in Washington usually means both the Senate and House are in their home states and districts spending time with constituents. While that is true for the House, the Senate remained in Washington for the bulk of the month, ostensibly to get through a logjam of nominations and other work.

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Filed under August 2018, Tagged with Broadband, Congress, FCC, Oversight, USF

Join the march of EXPO 2018 into New Orleans

By Val Kostenko, manager – IR Communications and Methods

The telecom industry continues its breakneck pace, with technology improvements and legislative changes becoming regular occurrences. We are gearing up to provide you with the latest news and information at EXPO 2018, November 4 through 7, in the Big Easy at the New Orleans Marriott.

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Broadband network testing requirements: less than a year to implement

By Teresa Evert, senior manager – Regulatory, and P.J. Louis, director – Technology Planning and Implementation

On July 6, 2018, the Wireline Competition Bureau, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Office of Engineering and Technology issued an order adopting broadband network testing requirements for recipients of the Connect America Fund high-cost universal service support that have buildout obligations, including:

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Filed under August 2018, Tagged with Broadband, FCC

In Focus: Spring 2018

By Bill Hegmann, President and CEO

The calendar declares June 21 as the official start of the summer season, but we all know better; it started this week with the Memorial Day holiday. For good things we can’t wait to enjoy, why not start sooner and reap the benefits? More on that later.

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Washington Report: privacy, budgeting and change at the Commission

By Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations

The Washington tech and telecom world is still caught up in the Facebook frenzy that led up to and followed CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony a few weeks back. Not surprisingly, this has ignited significant interest in privacy issues, which will be important to follow moving forward. Of particular interest will be to see if Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) BROWSER Act, which would apply privacy rules to both ISPs as well as edge providers such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, starts to gain traction after sitting in limbo for months.

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In Focus: Winter 2018

By Bill Hegmann, President and CEO

As I write this, the state of our union was addressed recently. I can report with confidence that NECA remains committed fully to helping our members provide to their customers cost effective and superior service. With USF orders that appear favorable to our members currently circulating at the FCC, we will be wholly prepared to assist members with implementation efforts upon release. Our annual tariff election has begun and it is because of this confidence I recommend strongly your continued participation in our tariffs and pools.

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Washington Report: infrastructure and net neutrality

By Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations

Washington has been abuzz with a looming infrastructure plan, broadband funding issues and, as you may have guessed, net neutrality.

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Washington Report: broadband, nominations and oversight

By Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations

Things have been picking up on the telecom front on Capitol Hill recently. This is probably for a variety of reasons, including: industry pressure and national press attention on issues such as rural broadband and net neutrality; speculation over a possible infrastructure package that may include funding for broadband; President Donald Trump’s nominations to the FCC, including the renomination of Jessica Rosenworcel, which removed some legislative roadblocks; and actions taken by the FCC on hot topics like net neutrality.

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