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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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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

NECA EXPO 2019 welcomes everyone to the Mile High City

by Val Kostenko, manager – IR Communications and Methods
EXPO 2019 arrives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at the  Grand Hyatt Denver  on Sunday, November 10, and concludes on Wednesday, November 13.
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Filed under May 2019 , Tagged with EXPO, Training, USF Reform

EXPO 2018 proved to be big and easy

Smack dab in the middle of the mid-term elections, NECA EXPO 2018 convened in New Orleans and provided attendees with all the current telecom information and down-home hospitality they needed to fully enjoy their trip to the Big Easy.
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Filed under December 2018 , Tagged with Broadband, EXPO, USF Reform

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

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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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

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

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 14 th 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

FCC USF Reform Order outlines two paths for rate-of-return carriers

by Teresa Evert, Senior Regulatory Manager, and Bob Deegan, Senior Government Relations Counsel
The FCC has finally released its much-anticipated Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on USF Reform for rate-of-return carriers. While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was not able to meet his initial end-of-football season commitment, he did manage to beat the clock on the college basketball season and Major League Baseball's opening day. The document was expected to be quite lengthy and detailed, and certainly lived up to expectations.
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Filed under April 2016 , Tagged with USF, 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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Filed under January 2016 , Tagged with Call completion, Congress, FCC, Tariffs, USF Reform

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