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2017 tariff efforts to build on 2016 initiatives

By PJ Louis, Director – Technology Planning & Implementation

Last year proved to be an active one for our interstate access tariff (F.C.C. No.  5), as we added or enhanced several services. Before we review our 2016 offerings, let's look ahead to what we're planning for 2017.

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Filed under January 2017, Tagged with Tariffs

Lightning fast internet speeds strike this summer

By Barbara Vrahnos, project manager - Access Technology Planning

Summer is typically the peak season for lightning strikes in the United States, but this summer a different kind of lightning will strike. New digital subscriber line speeds recently introduced in our interstate access tariff (F.C.C. No. 5) offer additional lightning fast upload and download speeds. These additional DSL speeds allow you to offer your customers a variety of bandwidth for all types of broadband uses. There is a speed for every need ranging from casual internet browsing to streaming media to video calling.

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Filed under August 2016, Tagged with Tariffs

2016 tariff efforts to build on 2015 initiatives

Last year was an active one for our interstate access tariff (F.C.C. No. 5) as we added or enhanced several services. We also looked at ways to enhance our Rate Band Buy Down program, which allows members to buy down their rate bands below the NECA-assigned rate band for certain classes of service.

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Filed under January 2016, Tagged with Tariffs

2015 comes and goes with many important issues left to resolve

By Colin Sandy, Senior Regulatory Attorney

The year 2015 has come and gone with the FCC Chairman's promise to enact universal service support reform for rate-of-return rural local exchange carriers still pending. In some respects, this is not a bad thing. Earlier in 2015 FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler promised to "move forward with rate-of-return reform by year end." However, as the rural associations met frequently to work out the details with FCC staff and NECA responded to numerous FCC requests for data it became clear that an accelerated rulemaking might not be practical.

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