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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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Filed under August 2019 , Tagged with Access, Broadband, Congress, Data collections, FCC

2019 annual access tariff filing designed to fulfill member needs

by Jennifer Leonard, senior director – Access Tariffs and Costs
This year’s annual access tariff filing (to be made on June 17 for effect on July 2) will consider recent USF rate-of-return reform orders on access rates and universal service support, and be more tailored to individual member needs than ever before.This year’s annual access tariff filing (to be made on June 17 for effect on July 2) will consider recent USF rate-of-return reform orders on access rates and universal service support, and be more tailored to individual member needs than ever before.
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Filed under May 2019 , Tagged with FCC, Tariffs, USF Reform

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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Filed under January 2019 , Tagged with Broadband, Congress, FCC, Net neutrality, Oversight

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: 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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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

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

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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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, Spring 2018, Tariffs, USF Reform

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, Spring 2018, USF Reform

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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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, Spring 2018, USF Reform

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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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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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

Washington Report: confirmations, Lifeline and oversight

by Bob Deegan, director – Government Relations
The FCC and the Hill have been busy recently with commission confirmations, Lifeline discussions and efforts to reauthorize the Commission.
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Filed under October 2017 , Tagged with Congress, Fall 2017, FCC, Lifeline

In Focus: July 2017

by Bill Hegmann, President and CEO
We have turned the corner on an extremely active first half of 2017. Considering the very engaging FCC Open Meetings with close to double-digit agenda items, and the process of Commission nominations to fill open slots, it appears the accelerated pace will continue. All that recent activity is captured in the  Washington Report .
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