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Midmonth filings provide members flexibility for rate adjustments

By Jennifer Leonard, senior director – Access Tariffs and Costs

Is your company looking for more rate flexibility to support your marketing strategies and boost demand? Beginning in early 2017, we have offered flexibility to our members to make monthly changes to their consumer broadband-only loop rates, Subscriber Line Charges and Access Recovery Charges, to the extent allowed by FCC rules. As a result, we have made midmonth tariff filings nearly every month since to accommodate monthly rate changes.

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Filed under September 2018, Tagged with FCC, Tariffs, USF Reform

NECA files 2019 average schedule high-cost loop universal service formula

By Stojanka Mesalic, manager - Average Schedule Universal Service Methods

Recently we filed the 2019 modification of the average schedule high-cost loop universal service formula. If approved by the FCC, the formula will be in effect from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

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Filed under September 2018, Tagged with Average schedules, FCC, USF, USF Reform

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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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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FCC orders yield updates for 2018 annual access tariff filing

By Jennifer Leonard, senior director - Access Tariffs and Costs

Several FCC orders and an Ethernet Transport Service rate realignment project are keeping NECA staff very busy as we prepare our upcoming annual access charge tariff filing.  This year’s filing on June 18 will continue to address and incorporate the effects of recent USF rate-of-return reform orders on access rates and universal service support. 

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Filed under May 2018, Tagged with FCC, Tariffs, USF Reform, Spring 2018

NECA EXPO 2018 welcomes everyone to The Crescent City

By Val Kostenko, manager - IR Communications and Methods

EXPO 2018 arrives in the heart of the French Quarter at the New Orleans Marriott on Sunday, November 4, and concludes on Wednesday, November 7. 

 

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Filed under May 2018, Tagged with EXPO, FCC, Net neutrality, USF Reform, Spring 2018

FCC releases USF reform order

By Teresa Evert, senior manager, Regulatory

The FCC issued its long-awaited Report and Order, Third Order on Reconsideration, and NPRM on March 23, 2018, on high-cost USF reform for rate-of-return companies. Here is a summary of important highlights relevant to our members.

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Filed under March 2018, Tagged with FCC, USF Reform, Spring 2018

In Focus: April 2017

By Bill Hegmann, President and CEO

Although 2017 is only one third complete, it sure feels we've already packed in activity to fill a full 12 months.

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NECA EXPO 2017: Making the connection

By Val Kostenko, manager – IR Communications and Methods

Mark your calendar to attend NECA EXPO 2017 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on the scenic Riverwalk. Our event begins Sunday, November 5, and continues through Wednesday, November 8. Here is a preview of what is planned so far.

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Filed under April 2017, Tagged with EXPO, Training, USF Reform

CAF BLS, CBOL implementation are primary focus at annual conference

By Carol Brennan, vice president - Industry Relations

NECA recently hosted its 14th annual Industry Issues Meeting in South Carolina.  With the USF Rate-of-Return Reform Order now in effect, the primary focus of the meeting was on implementation issues.

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Filed under April 2017, Tagged with USF Reform

IN Focus: Change is coming. Are you ready?

By Bill Hegmann, President and CEO

Lots of changes are coming our way. A change of seasons as winter gets closer, a change in administrations as we elect a new president in a couple of weeks, and for our industry a huge change in the way members receive universal service support. 

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Filed under October 2016, Tagged with EXPO, In Focus, USF Reform

Big decisions loom in presidential and universal service elections for rate-of-return carriers

By Teresa Evert, senior manager – Regulatory

November elections are upon us! Not only the presidential election - but also A-CAM elections. (Funny, neither Donald nor Hillary has brought this up.) Unlike the presidential election, the A-CAM elections start a series of deadlines leading up to the anticipated January, 2017 inauguration date of the Commission's new plan for providing USF support to rate-of-return carriers for the deployment of broadband-only services.

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Filed under October 2016, Tagged with USF, USF Reform


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