Iowa Communicator - August 17, 2018

 

August 17, 2018

In this Issue...

 

Headlines
IUB Invites Members to 2nd Workshop Next Tuesday
Governor Appoints Duncan to Lead Broadband Task Force
Register today for our Convergence TV Conference!

Member News
New Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Meetings

FCC News
FCC Refines Rural Call Completion Rules

Compliance News
FCC Caller ID Rules in Effect August 22nd

Industry News
Menke Appointed USDA State Director

Legislative News
Save the Date(s)!

Education and Events
Mark your calendars for our Executive Pathways Conference!
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Webcast

Headlines

 

IUB Invites Members to 2nd Workshop Next Tuesday

The Alliance invites members to attend “Part II” of the IUB workshop on Tuesday, August 21st at 10:30am.  This workshop is another step in the IUB’s efforts to deregulate LEC service, examine the purpose of all its required filings, and reduce the burden on LEC carriers while maintaining sufficient oversight to serve the public interest.  The IUB hosted a workshop on July 19th that was cut short due to a tornado warning. 

Last week, IUB’s Don Tormey distributed a comprehensive summary of the IUB’s view of current requirements, as well as a good summary of recent deregulation actions.  That summary is attached. 

Alliance members shared strategies and input on these developments during yesterday’s Regulatory Relations Committee meeting.  Members are invited to share their thoughts on how IUB can reduce the burdens of required filings by contacting Dave Duncan.  

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information)

Governor Appoints Duncan to Lead Broadband Task Force

During a ceremony at the State Fair yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Alliance CEO Dave Duncan to chair a task force entitled “Connecting Rural Iowa” as part of her Empower Rural Iowa initiative. 

Duncan will lead a task force that includes Lt. Governor Adam Greg, four legislators, and 22 members of the public. 

The “Connect Rural Iowa” task force is asked to identify “How can we effectively and sustainably finance better connectivity with limited resources?” and by reviewing existing programs and policies related to broadband connectivity in rural Iowa and proposing solutions to increase rural broadband deployment.  Click here to read Governor Reynolds’ Executive Order #3. 

Other members of the Connecting Rural Iowa task force include Deb Lucht (Minburn Communications), Kevin Cabbage (Farmer’s of Stanton), Ryan Boone (Premier Communications), and Sandee Buysse (Liberty Communications.  Legislators include Senator Jake Chapman, Senator Kevin Kinney, and State Rep. Jane Bloomingdale.  Former State Senator Bill Anderson (Cherokee Economic Development) and former state Rep. Josh Byrnes (Osage Muni) was also appointed to the panel.

The first meeting of the Connecting Rural Iowa task force is on September 6th in Holstein, Iowa at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and the meeting is open to the public.  We’ll have more details about this meeting when they become available. 

The other two task forces are “Investing in Rural Iowa” led by Sue Cosner (IADG/Ripple Effect), and “Growing Rural Iowa.”  Click here to read the Governor’s Press Release. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information)

Register today for our Convergence TV Conference!

We have a packed agenda for this conference that you won't want to miss! September 11th will kick off with three conference user group sessions from Innovative Systems, Skitter TV and MobiTV. They will provide an industry update with current products and services they are offering. Afterwards, we will wrap up with a networking reception and optional TelePAC Bus, Brews, and Bites tour - something you'll definitely want to attend! 

September 12th we're kicking it off with an Aureon sponsored breakfast, followed by the following: 

  • Marketing TV in a Streaming World - Presented By: Doug Pals, Chad Raymond, Janell Hansen, and Deb Lucht 
  • Commercial Break from Calix 
  • Legal & Regulatory Update - Presented By: Mary Lovejoy, American Cable Association 
  • Leveraging Managed Wi-Fi - Presented By: Derek Kiger, Calix 
  • Now What Do I Do With My Cable System? Get Out or Other Alternative? - Presented By: Bob Dahlstrom, Valley TeleCom Group and Tom Lovell, Clear Lake Ind. Telephone Company 
  • Open Forum - Video Committee Takes Your Questions
  • A Tour of our TV Competitors - Presented By: Levi Bappe, Minerva Valley Companies and Bryan Nelson, OmniTel Communications 

I told you this was a jam packed conference with loads of information. If you haven't registered yet, get registered today! Click here to register or for more information. 

(Please contact Brittany Bonnicksen if you have further questions!)

Member News

 

New Employment Opportunities

Two of our members have new job openings available. 

Do you have an employment opportunity you would like to share with our membership? See our Career Opportunities page for more information!

Upcoming Meetings

Our committees are working diligently on all of our upcoming events. Here’s a list of upcoming committee meetings and times:

  • Annual Meeting Expo Floor Subcommittee Meeting on Monday, August 20th at 2:00 PM 

FCC News

 

FCC Refines Rural Call Completion Rules

The FCC has released its 3rd Report and order implementing the intermediate provider registry from the rural call completion law that was enacted earlier this year.  In the past several months, there was much discussion about whether “intermediate” toll providers would need to register with the FCC, and whether toll providers would need to ensure that the intermediate providers they used were in fact “registered.” 

Due in large part to advocacy from NTCA, the FCC’s Order sets up the registry, adopts a broader definition of intermediate provider, and adopted the rural group’s argument that “covered providers” should ensure every intermediate provider used in the call path is registered.  The FCC also denied USTelecom’s request to stay implementation of the monitoring procedures for covered providers that replaced the 2013 reporting requirements. 

Click here to read the Order. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information)

Compliance News

 

FCC Caller ID Rules in Effect August 22nd

During its meeting this week, the Alliance Regulatory Relations Committee discussed the FCC’s new Caller ID rules effective August 22nd.  The new rules allow law enforcement authorities to access blocked caller ID information under specific circumstances when needed to identify and thwart threatening callers.  The rules also require carriers to keep records to provide emergency service providers with the information they need to assist callers, and that carriers must be prepared to provide any Calling Party Number (CPN) of the calling party to law enforcement and/or security personnel to identify the party responsible for the threatening call.  

During the meeting, the Committee noted a lack of information or guidance from switch vendors or other experts on how ITC’s should prepare for possible requests by law enforcement.  The Committee also noted the difficulty in tracing spoofed calls. Aureon’s Chris Davis reported that Aureon has the appropriate call tracking software and can properly report any *67 TN CPN.  The Committee agreed to gather more information before providing additional guidance.  

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information)

Industry News

 

Menke Appointed USDA State Director

Grant Menke has been appointed Iowa state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.  He began his role with USDA on August 6th. Menke previously was policy director for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and was on U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's staff in Washington, D.C.  Menken is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and was raised on a corn and soybean farm near Calumet. 

Legislative News

 

 Save the Date(s)!

 

Brew TourSeptember 11, 2018, following the Convergence TV conference.
2019 Welcome Back Reception January 8,2019
2019 Day on the Hill February 20, 2019, 11 am – 1 pm.  

Education and Events

 

Register Now for our Executive Pathways Conference! 

The Leadership Conference that was formerly held in June of each year has been moved and rebranded for our CEOs, GMs and all managerial-level employees! It will be held at the Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson, Iowa on October 2nd. The committee rebranded the event, so it is now called the “Executive Pathways Conference: Polished leadership for key personnel.” The one-day leadership conference will hone and improve your leadership skills with a fresh new perspective from our executive line-up of speakers. The conference will help key personnel with their vision and inspire new leadership skills they can apply immediately. Topics that will be covered will include:

  • Telecommuting
  • Time Management
  • Personality Styles, Building Strengths and Developing Employees
  • A Renewable Resource Management Simulation
  • Learn ways to save your town and get involved to be a better leader!
  • And more!

Click here to register or learn more!

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Webcast
Wednesday, August 29th at 2:00 pm.

The conversations around sexual harassment seemed to have spread like wildfire in the last year with increasing discussions happening every day. Last year TIME magazine released the ME TOO “silence breakers” as the 2017 Person of the Year which raised a lot of attention to this matter. This is a topic that has now been at the forefront for HR professionals discussing best practices, how to handle these situations, and how to prevent this from happening.

Unfortunately, the ugly truth is sexual harassment happens in the workplace. Is your company prepared to handle the situation appropriately if/when this happens?

Join us on August 29th at 10:00 AM to hear from Christy Smith, an HR expert to discuss the different types of sexual harassment, how you can prevent this, and best practices if/when this arises. Members who are not CyberPass holders should contact Brittany Bonnicksen to get signed up or register below.  

Register Here

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