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A new look with new features

It happens occasionally. You begin your day by pulling up a familiar website and...boom, something has changed.
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Filed under March 2019 , Tagged with NECA

NECA.org serves up a new menu

You may have noticed a change at the top of the NECA.org website. We have reconfigured our main menu to make it easier to locate key information. Two new sections, “Regulatory Resources” and “Publications,” contain material and resources that have always been available to you, but now under a slightly different umbrella.
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Filed under November 2017 , Tagged with NECA

NECA files comments in Restoring Internet Freedom docket

NECA filed  comments  recently on the FCC NPRM proposing to reclassify broadband internet access service as an information service subject to Title I of the Telecommunications Act. Regardless of the classification decision, NECA suggested the Commission reaffirm that rural rate-of-return local exchange carriers will retain the option to offer broadband transmission service as a Title II common carriage service, either on a tariffed or non-tariffed basis.
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Filed under July 2017 , Tagged with NECA, Net neutrality, Open internet

Alphabet soup of telecom associations and task groups

by Barbara Vrahnos, project manager – Access Technology and Planning
It is clear we are in an acronym-driven industry. Many of the industry associations and task groups on which NECA employees participate carry their own unique handle: CIGRR, BIRRDS and LERG are a few of my favorites. Please allow me to familiarize you with this telecom alphabet soup.
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In Focus: The more things change…

by Bill Hegmann, President and CEO
The new year has arrived and, as you know quite well, delivered significant changes in Washington. The new administration in the White House generated a shift of leadership and make-up of the Commission. And while business, politics and life itself may be experiencing a transition, in our 34th year, the value of NECA membership remains as solid as ever.
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Filed under January 2017 , Tagged with In Focus, NECA, Pooling

NECA pooling helps members manage cost recovery, cash flow and reporting obligations

by Bob Gnapp, Director – Member Training and Network Analysis
It's that time of year when members make decisions on whether or not to change their current tariff and/or pool participation. As the result of recent reforms, members must now also choose whether or not to tariff the new consumer broadband only line charge for this coming access year.
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Filed under January 2017 , Tagged with NECA, Pooling

Content is like water: NECA launches a responsive web design to make viewing content easier

by Rocky Marcelle, Senior Manager - Web Publishing
We've all experienced pulling up a webpage on our smartphone or tablet and found the content so tiny and unreadable that we're forced to employ our forefinger and thumb to enlarge it. To help combat this problem, we have integrated responsive web design into NECA.org.
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Filed under January 2017 , Tagged with NECA, Technology

In Focus

by Bill Hegmann, President and CEO
When is the last time you thought about the value of being a NECA member? For some it may be monthly when your settlement check arrives, accurate and timely as it has been for all of NECA's 33 years. Or it may be ongoing, as NECA continually implements complex FCC rules changes, including pending revisions to high cost and broadband funding, with as little administrative burden to you as possible. For many members, it's each time you call your NECA member service manager. You know you'll get a prompt, accurate response from our expert staff.
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Filed under January 2016 , Tagged with In Focus, NECA, Pooling

NECA tariffs and pools: where membership has its rewards

The presidential election is many months away, but an equally important election, for rural telcos at least, takes place from now until March 1 - the annual NECA tariff election. With the many challenges you're facing in these uncertain regulatory times, we can't recall a more crucial time for you to be a participant in NECA's tariffs and pools.
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Filed under January 2016 , Tagged with NECA, Pooling

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