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NECA publishes list of rural CLEC OCNs

by Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations
NECA has published a newly developed list of rural CLEC OCNs for use in efforts to help combat rural call completion problems. This list is the result of the FCC’s directions in its April 17 Second Report and Order and Third FNPRM on rural call completion.
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Filed under September 2018 , Tagged with Call completion, 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: Fall 2017

by Bill Hegmann, President and CEO
Around this time one year ago, we were presented with choices, decisions and elections, from selecting someone to occupy the highest office in the land to choosing the appropriate path to receive universal service support. As 2018 approaches, decisions have been made and results became effective, but there is still much for us to contemplate and engage in to keep pace with the resulting changes.
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FCC re-examining rural call completion rules

by Bob Gnapp, director – Member Training and Network Analysis
To combat the continuing problems with rural call completion, the Federal Communications Commission is re-evaluating one of its policies. Specifically, the FCC is considering eliminating the  r ecording, retention and reporting rules adopted in its 2013 Rural Call Completion  Order .
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Filed under November 2017 , Tagged with Call completion, Fall 2017, FCC

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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Verizon rural call completion workshop focuses on analysis

by Bob Gnapp, director - Member Training and Network Analysis
Held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Verizon hosted its second rural call completion workshop. Both workshops were conducted as part of their agreement under a Consent Decree with the FCC. Unlike the April 2015 workshop, which focused on the causes of rural call completion failures and ways to mitigate them, this workshop centered on Verizon's analysis of calling records and performance metrics to detect failures.
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Filed under April 2017 , Tagged with Call completion

Verizon to host rural call completion workshop on March 29

As a part of their rural call completion consent decree , Verizon is hosting an industry workshop in Washington, D.C., on March 29, 2017.
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Filed under February 2017 , Tagged with Call completion

NECA, associations continue to press for resolution of call completion problems

Call termination issues frustrate rural subscribers was the headline of an Access article in spring 2011. Thus began what has so far been a five-year saga to resolve call completion issues that plague our members and their subscribers. The issues include calls that never reach the called party or calls that complete, but only after lengthy delays and/or with extremely poor voice quality.
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Filed under August 2016 , Tagged with Call completion

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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Filed under January 2016 , Tagged with Call completion, Congress, FCC, Tariffs, USF Reform

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