Iowa Communicator - July 13, 2018

 

July 13, 2018

In this Issue...

 

Headlines
Model Services Catalog Released; Webcast on July 17th at 2:00 pm

Legislative News
Independent Telcos Receive Shout Out from Lt. Gov. and Gazette
TelePAC Travels Iowa
TelePAC Brew Tasting Tour

FCC News
FCC Requires CAF Recipients to Meet Broadband Speed and Latency Standards

IUB News
Alliance Files Comments on IUB Complaint Jurisdiction

Member News
Upcoming Committee and Industry Meetings
State Fair Volunteers Needed

Compliance News
FCC Form 481 due July 16th
FCC Form 502 due August 1st

Broadband News
Economists Identify Uneconomic Areas for FTTP

Industry News
Federal Regulation or Policies Getting in the Way? Attend an SBA Roundtable Event

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

Headlines

 

Model Services Catalog Released; Webcast on July 17th at 2:00 pm

Members of the ICA’s “Service Catalog Terms and Conditions” workgroup have completed the “ICA Model Services Catalog” which modernizes the document that was formerly the “ITA Model Local Services Tariff,” then was transitioned by many members to be re-badged as a Service Catalog when the IUB de-tariffed local services. 

The ICA Model Services Catalog contains model Terms and Conditions that members may wish to implement for (1) General T&C; (2) Telephone services; (3) Broadband Services; and (4) Cable Television.  It also has an open template that members can use for service price lists.

The ICA Model Services Catalog is available on our website by clicking here

Webcast on Tuesday, July 17th at 2:00pm.  The ICA workgroup will discuss how to use this Catalog and will be available to answer your questions during a webcast on Tuesday, July 17th at 2:00 pm.  Presenters include:

  • Bill VanderSluis (Olsen-Theilen)
  • Burnie Snoddy (BKD)
  • John Pietila (ICA General Counsel/Davis Brown law firm)
  • Roger Kregel (Dumont Telephone)

This webcast will explain how members can use and modify the Model Service Catalog and give an overview of the five modules.  All current CyberPass holders are automatically enrolled for this webcast and will receive the log-on information from Brittany on the 16th.  Members who are not CyberPass holders should contact Brittany Bonnicksen to get signed up. 

Legislative News

 

Independent Telcos Receive Shout Out from Lt. Gov. and Gazette 

“For many Iowans, broadband internet connectivity has come to mean more than streaming their favorite TV show or hopping online to see how their fantasy sports team is faring.  Broadband connects us to medical professionals, creates access to educational tools across the state and provides the connectivity needed to service the growing field of precision agriculture.”

“Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, who was selected this year by Gov. Kim Reynolds to lead the state’s Rural Iowa Initiative, which includes a focus on broadband access, said Iowa’s proliferation of community-based telecommunications providers — more than 130 statewide — offers a significant boost to rural connectivity.

“Caitlin Jarzen, Director of Legislative Affairs with the Iowa Communications Alliance, which represents more than 130 community-based telecommunications providers across the state, said the important uses of high-speed internet often can be overshadowed by the conveniences it provides.”

Click here to read the full article.

TelePAC Travels Iowa

Doors are being knocked, parades are being walked.  Election season is upon us and the TelePAC is in full swing!

On Monday, Tom Lovell, CLTel, and Brooke Hillegas, Dumont Telephone, presented a TelePAC check to Speaker of the House, Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R – Clear Lake).

 

 

On Wednesday, Jerry Melick (and Bentley Melick!) presented a TelePAC check to Rep. David Kerr (R – Morning Sun).

These gentlemen humored Caitlin by posing with Jerry’s daughter’s kitten, who was in the office after an appointment with the vet.  Caitlin is confident they found Bentley just as adorable as she did though 

 Brew Tasting Tour

FCC News

 

FCC Requires CAF Recipients to Meet Broadband Speed and Latency Standards

Last Friday afternoon, the FCC issued an Order setting broadband speed and latency performance standards for those recipients of CAF high-cost universal service support to serve fixed locations who have mandatory buildout obligations and report location data in USAC’s HUBB portal. 

The FCC will require covered providers to submit testing results as part of their annual compliance certification. Covered providers will be subject to audit of all testing data, and those that do not comply with the speed and latency requirements will be subject to a reduction in support, commensurate with their level of noncompliance.  

Click here to read the FCC’s Order.  The new requirements will be effective 30 days after the Order is published in the Federal Register. 

The Order is complex, so we encourage all members to consult with their engineers and advisors to determine whether they must comply, and if so, how to implement the required testing.  For example, we have learned that the text of the Order leaves some uncertainty on whether the Order applies to those rate-of-return companies who do not have mandatory buildout obligations.

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information) 

IUB News

 

Alliance Files Comments on IUB Complaint Jurisdiction

This week, the Alliance filed comments in response to the IUB’s rulemaking on Chapter 6 – Complaint Authority

The Alliance Regulatory Relations Committee oversaw the drafting of the comments, which address two items contained in the IUB rulemaking: 

  1. We point out that the Board should only have jurisdiction to receive, investigate, and adjudicate claims over which it has regulatory authority.  It appears the proposed rule at 199—6.2 unintentionally appears to give IUB authority over all kinds of claims (broadband, CATV, etc.) so long as the target is a regulated utility.  The Alliance suggests a revision to the rule to clarify that the Board has authority to address (and adjudicate) claims relating to LEC service, as limited by recent Board and Legislative deregulation proceedings.    
  2. The second item we comment upon is a brief response on the One Call issue, where we say we don’t think the Board should exercise any additional authority to investigate One Call complaints relating to damage to LEC facilities. 

Click here to see the ICA’s filed comments. 

After this filing was made, the Consumer Advocate filed a resistance to our point #1 above, claiming the Board does have jurisdiction to hear all complaints.  The IUB will be hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, July 24th.

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information) 

Member News

 

Upcoming Committee and Industry Meetings

Next week we have several opportunities for members to participate in ICA events: 

  • ·         Monday, July 16thConvergence TV Planning Meeting (2pm)
  • ·         Tuesday, July 17thLeadership Committee Meeting (10am)
  • ·         Tuesday, July 17thWebcast on Service Terms and Conditions (2pm).  Contact Brittany for more information
  • ·         Wednesday, July 18thExecutive Committee Meeting (9am) and Finance & Audit CommitteeMeeting (10:30am)
  • ·         Thursday, July 19thRegulatory Relations Committee Meeting(9:30am)

State Fair Volunteers Needed

The telecom industry continues to help staff the Harper Telephone Museum at the State Fair.  Many employees and retirees of the telecom industry have enjoyed serving the 3-hour shifts in the past.  This year’s State Fair runs from Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, August 19th.  The Museum goes by 3-hour time slots starting at 9am and ending at 9pm.

This year’s coordinator is Michael Kean, Sales and Marketing Manager of HunTel Engineering.  Please email Michael Kean if you are interested in filling a slot.  
Click here to see spots that have already been claimed. Better hurry, they are going fast!

Compliance News

 

FCC Form 481 due July 16th

All ETCs must file their FCC Form 481 with USAC by Monday, July 16th.  As previously reported, Iowa ETCs no longer need to file the 481 with the IUB unless they are a “Lifeline only” ETC. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information

FCC Form 502 due August 1st

LECs holding assigned geographic and NPA 500 and 900 telephone numbers from NANPA or the Pooling Administrator in thousands-blocks must report FCC Form 502, Numbering Resource Utilization/Forecast Re­port with NANPA by August 1st.  This semi-annual filing will include the preceding 6-months reporting period ending on June 30, 2018.  The completed form can be filed online, FTP, or emailed to [email protected]Click here for more from the NANPA website. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information

Broadband News

 

Economists Identify Uneconomic Areas for FTTP

During a webinar presented by USTelecom and NTCA, economist Jim Stegeman of CostQuest discussed the economics of fiber buildout across the US.  He estimated $61 billion in investment is needed to deploy GPON to serve all unserved rural areas in the country.  

Click here for a summary of the webcast from Telecompetitor, which includes a map of the areas that Stegeman says are uneconomical for fiber deployment and a link to a report by Stegeman and Steve Parsons entitled “Rural Broadband Economics:  A Review of Rural Subsidies.” 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information

Industry News

 

Federal Regulation or Policies Getting in the Way? Attend an SBA Roundtable Event

The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy is coming to Iowa, and their staff wants to hear from you. There is still time to register for one of the roundtable events in Council Bluffs (July 17), West Des Moines (July 18) and Dubuque (July 19). SBA is seeking feedback from small business owners on what the administration can do to provide meaningful regulatory reform. Whether you can stay for the whole event, or can only drop in at a specific time, the SBA wants your input.  Click on the links for more information or to register.

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information

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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