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, November 10 through 13, in the Mile High City at the  Grand Hyatt Denver.

We hope you’ll plan to join us. Our curriculum is rich with classes and panel discussions cutting to the heart of the issues of the day and will be of interest to both A-CAM and legacy companies. Registration is open and early birds will benefit so please visit our registration site for conference and hotel details. Register by August 31 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free EXPO registration.

Sunday evening and Monday

If you arrive early on Sunday, please join us at the welcome reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to retrieve your conference package. While enjoying a light snack, take some time to browse an exhibit of old telephone equipment and other memorabilia courtesy of the Telecommunications History Group.

Monday morning’s opening general session will feature the rural associations as Jeff Dupree, NECA vice president of Government Relations, will moderate a panel of rural associations representatives addressing the state of regulatory change and implications of recent actions by the FCC and Congress. Classes will begin immediately following the panel discussion.

Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning

USF reform remains the most discussed and requested subject and EXPO class offerings reflect that bias; but other critical topics, such as A-CAM model support and cost recovery are also featured. Here is a sampling of our scheduled classes and panels:

  • USF Reform and Order: USF Reform Panel; USF Support Funds and NECA’s Payment Process; and Cost Recovery Update.
  • A-CAM and BDS: A-CAM Panel; BDS Incentive Regulation; and Non-Ex Ante Pricing Strategies.
  • Pooling and rates:  Average Schedule Update; NECA Settlements Update; and NECA’s New Look at Legacy Services.
  • Regulatory and federal happenings: Corporate Transactions Under the New USF/ICC Regime; Rates, Tariffs and USF Support Funding for Rate-of-Return Carriers; and Inside the Beltway.
  • Inside NECA: Navigating NECA Resources; Basic Settlements Overview; NECA Overview; and NECA-Data Super Source.
  • Other topics of interest: Broadband and Beyond Panel; Network Testing Panel; Intercarrier Compensation; and USAC Update.
  • New this year: the entire Ethernet Transport Service curriculum will be offered; and a panel consisting of member representatives will discuss NECA’s 35 plus years of providing assistance to members in navigating the sometimes murky waters of technology and regulatory change.

Tuesday morning brings informational sessions conducted by our participating vendors prior to the beginning of classes. On Wednesday morning, our consultants will offer the same.

Food, friends and fun

The EXPO planning group ensures attendees are offered an abundance of interesting, educational and relevant classroom experiences through our diverse course curriculum. When you’re not attending classes, see all that Denver has to offer. Visit our EXPO site for registration and hotel information, how to download our EXPO app and bookmark our microsite.

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