Iowa Communicator - July 6, 2018

 

July 6, 2018

In this Issue...

 

Headlines
IUB Clarifies Dual Party Relay Assessments; Some Questions Remain

Member News
Upcoming Committee and Industry Meetings
KLK’s Kniff Meets President Trump

Legislative News
TelePAC Brew Tasting Tour

Compliance News
FCC Form 481 Now Ready for Certification

Industry News
Homeland Security to Host Black Sky Exercise

Education and Events
Mark Your Calendars for Sept. 11th & 12th – Convergence TV Conference

Headlines

 

IUB Clarifies Dual Party Relay Assessments; Some Questions Remain

On Tuesday night, the IUB released an Order entitled “Order Requiring Reporting and Assessment” that further clarified a “To Whom It May Concern” email IUB’s Don Tormey sent out to all telecom carriers on Monday July 2nd.  The IUB communications addressed the law change that took effect on July 1st to alter the way Dual Party Relay assessments are rendered by telecom carriers.  That law change was part of the House File 2446 that included numerous deregulation provisions. 

We distributed a special report earlier today, along with an updated and corrected Summary of HF 2446 to incorporate the new information on DPR.  Click here to see today’s Special Report. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information)

Member News

 

Upcoming Committee and Industry Meetings

As a service to members we are going to resume advising of upcoming Alliance Committee meetings and other Industry Meetings of interest.  If you have a meeting to include in our weekly update, please contact Emile. 

  • Tuesday, July 10thIUB Open Meeting, in person at the IUB Hearing Room and live streamed (9am to noon)
  • Tuesday, July 17th – Alliance Webcast on Service Terms and Conditions (2pm).  Contact Brittany for more information
  • Wednesday, July 18th – Alliance Executive Committee Meeting (9am) and Finance & Audit Committee Meeting (10:30am)
  • Thursday, July 18th – Alliance Regulatory Relations Committee meeting (9:30am)

KLK’s Kniff Meets President Trump

Barb Kniff, KLK Construction, met with President Trump during last week’s meeting of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) that advocates for the interests of small and independent businesses.  Kniff serves on the national board of directors of NFIB. 

Legislative News

 

TelePAC Brew Tasting Tour

Compliance News

 

FCC Form 481 Now Ready for Certification

USAC notifies that carriers participating in the High Cost program may now certify FCC Form 481 on the only portal. All ETCs participating in the High Cost and/or Lifeline programs (except participants in Phase I Mobility Fund) must complete their filings by July 16, 2018. 

ETCs can log into USAC’s E-File portal to access the FCC Form 481.   FCC Form 481. 

As a reminder, pursuant to the IUB’s June 22 Order Granting Request for Waiver, high-cost ETCs no longer need to file a copy of the Form 481 with the IUB; those ETC’s who are “Lifeline-only” must still file a copy of the 481 with the IUB.

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information)

Industry News

 

Homeland Security to Host Black Sky Exercise

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will hold a “Heartland Dawn Black Sky Hazard” exercise event on August 7th at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston.  The all-day exercise will combine the impact of a severe winter storm with cyber impacts to lifeline critical infrastructure.  Click here to see the invitation, and let Dave Duncan know if you are interested in attending as an ICA delegate.  

Education and Events

 

Mark Your Calendars for Sept. 11th & 12th – Convergence TV Conference 

Mark your calendars for September 11th & 12th for our Convergence TV Conference. We will host sponsored User Group meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 11th, and the main conference will be held on Wednesday, September 12th at the West Des Moines Marriott.

If you’re needing a hotel room, there is a block of rooms reserved at the West Des Moines Marriott. Please call (515) 267-1500 and mention the ICA Conference when booking your hotel room.

At this conference you will be educated on the following topics:

  • Legal and Regulatory Developments Impacting Video Providers
  • A technical session describing the impact of OTT (i.e., YouTube TV) on our networks through the use of caching servers, peering points, and managed wi-fi
  • Marketing aspects of managed Wi-Fi services – best practices of what to do and what not to do
  • Best practices on reducing costs of video operations when content costs keep increasing
  • Best practices on transitioning the network to becoming a broadband pipe for services provided by others (i.e., operators considering no longer providing video service)
  • Tips for companies seeking to introduce video for the first time
  • An example of an operator from another state to describe how products are used
  • Steps by linear providers to address OTT
  • Other current topics of interest to providers of video services

Think you know someone who’d be a fantastic speaker for one or multiple topics? AWESOME! We’d love to hear more about them. Click here if you have a speaker suggestion and our advisory committee will review. 

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