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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In Focus: August 2016

by Bill Hegmann, President and CEO
By the time you read this, the two major political parties will have picked their presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As the race heats up, we should hear more about where the candidates stand on issues concerning our industry, as both parties' platforms have tech agendas.
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Lightning fast internet speeds strike this summer

by Barbara Vrahnos, project manager - Access Technology Planning
Summer is typically the peak season for lightning strikes in the United States, but this summer a different kind of lightning will strike. New digital subscriber line speeds recently introduced in our interstate access tariff (F.C.C. No. 5) offer additional lightning fast upload and download speeds. These additional DSL speeds allow you to offer your customers a variety of bandwidth for all types of broadband uses. There is a speed for every need ranging from casual internet browsing to streaming media to video calling.
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Come to EXPO 2016 and witness an Industry in Motion

by Rocky Marcelle, senior manager - Web Publishing
Some truly believe the old adage the more things change, the more they stay the same. With the March release of the FCC's Rate-of-Return USF Reform Order, things changed. The Order put forth some new standards and revised regulations that will alter several segments of our industry in the coming years. We are, as NECA EXPO 2016 proclaims, an industry in motion. It's almost a sure bet things won't stay the same.
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Washington Report: the calm before the storm

by Bob Deegan, senior government relations counsel, and Colin Sandy, senior regulatory attorney
As you may have heard, we are in a presidential election year. (Now there's an understatement!)  As a result, Congress is on extended summer recess, returning after Labor Day. While Congressional staff might be enjoying a bit of a breather after a run of telecom activity in the weeks leading up to the break, FCC staff continues to labor through a long, hot DC summer.
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Filed under August 2016 , Tagged with Congress, FCC, Lifeline, Open internet

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