Iowa Communicator - August 24, 2018

 

August 17, 2018

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Headlines
ICA Participates in IUB Workshop on IUB Procedures and Filings
ICA Educates IUB Staff on “Telecom 101”
ICA Files Comments in IUB Rulemaking
Register today for our Convergence TV Conference!

Member News
IUB Re-Appoints Peck to Dual Party Relay Council
Shellsburg and Coon Creek File Finalize Transaction
Premier and Hospers Notify IUB of Transaction Completion 

Compliance News
FCC Form 477 Due September 4

IUB News
IUB Approves ETC Relinquishment
IUB to Host Customer Service Meetings

 

Legislative News
Save the Date(s)!

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

Headlines

 

ICA Participates in IUB Workshop on IUB Procedures and Filings

On Tuesday, the IUB hosted a follow-up to the meeting in July to continue a comprehensive discussion on all procedures and filings that are required by regulated telecom entities.  IUB’s Louis Vander Streek began the meeting by stating that the third goal of the IUB’s strategic plan is to “ensure compliance with legal requirements without unnecessary regulatory burden,” giving rise to this workshop designed to “remove any unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

Three items consumed the majority of the 100-minute workshop:  1) Access Tariff filings; 2) Exchange and Study Area Maps; and 3) Dual-Party Relay Funding and Procedures. 

Some of the IUB’s discussion points and questions included:

  • Can the IUB reduce the number of FCC Intrastate Access tariff compliance filings?  Will those go away when the terminating rate goes to zero?
  • With respect to filings that the FCC mandates be made with the IUB, but for which the IUB has no authority or obligation to do anything other than receive it, can the IUB simply send an automated “filing received” message upon receipt of the company’s required filing?
  • Can the IUB stop collecting or keeping paper maps of exchanges? 
  • Can the IUB start considering the shapefile maps that it sent to the FCC three years ago to be the official maps instead of the paper maps?
  • Should the IUB continue certifying the shapefile exchange maps on a bi-yearly basis or should that obligation revert to the companies themselves or even the ICA?
  • How can the IUB ensure that it is assessing all assessable carriers, including VoIP providers for dual party relay revenues and IUB costs?
  • Should the IUB audit carriers to ensure accurate line counts are given for assessment purposes, or is a carrier certification adequate?

In addition, the IUB stated it will be seeking additional comment on Chapter 6 (Complaint Rules), Chapter 38 (Local Exchange Competition Rules) and Chapter 39 (ETC Rules) to continue its efforts to clean up and reduce regulatory burdens. 

BKD’s Burnie Snoddy joined Alliance General Counsel John Pietila and CEO Dave Duncan to represent the rural carriers.  Others participating included reps from AT&T, CenturyLink, Maquoketa Valley REC, Hawarden Municipal, and the OCA. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information). 

ICA Educates IUB Staff on “Telecom 101”

Alliance General Counsel John Pietila and CEO Dave Duncan gave a presentation to about 25 IUB and OCA staff on Wednesday, giving an overview of the services provided by Alliance members and explaining the impact of recent deregulation on the scope of telecom regulation.  This m


Pietila and Duncan discussed how interconnected networks “work,” and summarized telecom acronyms and key terms, and discussed Board jurisdiction over wholesale and interconnection.  The Alliance Regulatory Relations Committee helped prepare th
e content for the presentation. The team distributed a telecom glossary and provided a copy of Tom Conry’s “Communications Magic” summarizing the evolution of voice communications. Click here to see the presentation. eeting was requested by IUB staff, many of whom are relatively new.  More than a dozen attendees are not directly involved in telecom oversight but were interested in learning about telecommunications.

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information).  

ICA Files Comments in IUB Rulemaking

In response to a newly-proposed rule by the IUB in its Chapter 18 (Recordkeeping) docket, the Alliance has filed comments.  IUB proposes new rule 18.8 that would require “all telephone utilities subject to regulation by the Board” to preserve records of their operations in accordance with the provisions of FCC rules at 47 CFR 42. 

In our comments, the Alliance did not object to the new rule, but we urged the IUB to not create any new obligations upon regulated telephone utilities to affirmatively make any filings or certifications to demonstrate compliance with either the FCC record preservation requirements or the new rule 18.8.  Click here to read our comments.   

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information).  

Register today for our Convergence TV Conference!

We are only a few weeks out from our Convergence TV conference and if you haven't registered yet, do so now! 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

 

IUB Re-Appoints Peck to Dual Party Relay Council

During its monthly open board meeting this week, the IUB re-appointed Casey Peck (Kalona Cooperative Technology Company) to another term to serve on its Dual-Party Relay Council as a telecom company representative. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information).  

Shellsburg and Coon Creek File Finalize Transaction

Shellsburg Cablevision, Coon Creek Telephone and Coon Creek Telecommunications filed a notice with the IUB this week advising that the transaction was closed on August 17th, effective on that day. 

(Please contact Dave Duncan for more information).  

Premier and Hospers Notify IUB of Transaction Completion

Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center, Iowa d/b/a Premier Communications has filed a Notice of Transfer of Control of Eligible Telecommunications Carrier, concerning a stock purchase transaction whereby it acquires 100% of the stock of Hospers Telephone Exchange d/b/a HTC Communications effective as of August 15, 2018.  

Compliance News

 

FCC Form 477 Due September 4

Members are reminded of the need to submit their FCC Form 477, Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Reporting, by September 4th.  The usual deadline is September 1st, but because of the holiday weekend this year’s deadline is September 4th.  Filings must be made via the FCC’s online filing system, and reporting includes data as of June 30, 2018.

IUB News

 

IUB Approves ETC Relinquishment

During its meeting on Tuesday, the IUB approved the relinquishment of ETC designation filed by iWireless as of September 30th

IUB to Host Customer Service Meetings

IUB has announced its 2018 IUB Customer Service Fall Meetings.  Agenda items will include recent deregulation legislation, statute of limitations, LIHEAP update, and other items. 

IUB staff will hold nineteen meetings across Iowa.  Click here to see the dates, times, and locations and to register for the meetings.  Registration for each location will close two business days prior to the meeting date.  Direct your questions to Jane Whetstone at 515-725-7358 or [email protected]

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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