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EXPO 2019 kicks off on a Rocky Mountain high

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 2019,
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Industry Issues Meeting provides a forum for exchange of information and ideas

by Ann Wahba, senior director - Industry Relations Headquarters
March in Minneapolis may not be everyone’s ideal weather location for an industry event, but the NECA Industry Issues Meeting held on March 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Regency contained enough hot topics and enthusiastic discussion to warm even the most chilling environment.
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Filed under April 2019 , Tagged with Broadband, Pooling, Tariffs

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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Rate band buy down options help members stay competitive

by Joe Prinzivalli, senior manager – Rate Development and Quantitative Analysis
Over the past few years, we have introduced tools to give members more flexibility to keep rates competitive in their markets. Rate banding, which was applied to special access rates starting in 2006, allows us to set a company’s rates closer to its costs.
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Filed under May 2018 , Tagged with Pooling, Spring 2018, Tariffs

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

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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