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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

In Focus

By Bill Hegmann, President and CEO

Like me, you may still be trying to wrap your head around what the USF RoR Reform Order will mean for your operations. On one hand, it gives a lot more clarity on what universal support will look like going forward. On the other hand, for many carriers it may mean doing more with less as you invest in and maintain your network.

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Filed under April 2016, Tagged with In Focus, Tariffs, USF Reform

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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