Iowa Communicator - June 23, 2016

Iowa Communicator - June 23, 2016


This Week's Headlines:
2016 Golf & Grill Classic Recap

Washington News:
Alliance Urges Cong. Delegation to Support Call Completion Bill
House Panel to Examine Controversial FCC Rulings

Education & Events News:
2017 Annual Meeting & Expo Call for Speakers
Impact 2016 Call for Speakers & Sponsors
September 15th EnVision Conference for Video Providers
Volunteer at the Iowa State Fair




IUB News:
IUB to Upgrade EFS

Compliance News:
FCC Form 481 due July 1st

Industry News:
ITTC Meets to Discuss ICN Activity
ICN Bidding Opportunities


This Week's Headlines
  2016 Golf and Grill Classic Recap    

Over 270 Alliance members and friends attended the Annual Golf & Grill Classic and got a chance to practice their game. 

Monday welcomed 154 golfers and over 25 sponsors and
bar-b-que attendees.  Approximately 100 golfers enjoyed the Tuesday round and got a chance to network and practice their game with friends of the communications industry.  The weather was quite possibly the best in classic history!

Monday’s 1st place team shot a 59 and included:  Mark Pietig, Joe Gerot, Monte Hagge, Josh Hveem, Ron Laudner and Craven Shumaker.


Monday’s “Should’ve Gone Fishing” award with a score of 73 went to:
Brenda Stuteville-Govea, Kirk Lacquement, Doug Routhfus, Lacy Curtis, Adam Shouse and Jim Scott. 


Tuesday's 1st place team shot a 57 and consisted of:  Travis Novak, Phil Robinson, John Shimota, Don Swedenburg, Paul Smith and Brandon Sigmund.

Tuesday’s “Should’ve Gone Fishing” award with a score of 76 went to:
David Byers, Luke Dean, Melanie Jore, Sharon Huck, Daphne Petersen & Rick Paulsen. 

Pin Prizes were awarded to the following:

Pin Event



Closest to the Line

Roger Kregel

Tim Locker

Closest to the Squiggly Line

Monte Hagge

Matt Spurgeon

Longest Marshmallow Drive

Joey Duenas

Brandon Sigmund

A special thank you goes out to the Golf Committee for their time and efforts in planning this event and to John Dinnebier and his staff at the Lake Panorama National Golf Course. 

The 2016 Golf & Grill Classic Committee:

   ·         Tom Conry, Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone Company, Chair

   ·         Bryan Amundson, Heart of Iowa Communications Cooperative

   ·         Darren Dierbeck, Vantage Point Solutions

   ·         Kim Dudley, NISC

   ·         Mike Eggley, Aureon

   ·         Derek Groth, MP Nexlevel

   ·         Sue Justeson, Pivot Group

·         Mark Peterson, WTC Communications

·         Travis Novak, Eagle Marketing

·         Virgil Phillips, HunTel Engineering

·         Sheila Roberts, Power & Tel

·         Brenda Stuteville-Govea, Butler  Communications

·         Randy Yeakel, Communications 1 Network, Inc.

Thank You to our Sponsors:


Beverage Cart &
BBQ Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

Kiesling Associates Aureon Bear Communications
Finley Engineering HunTel Engineering Cellsite Solutions
ITCI MACC Cisco/Datalink
Oak Hill Consulting Midwest Underground Services, Inc. MP Nexlevel
    Power & Tel
    RBC Wealth Management
    Telcom Insurance Group
    Vantage Point Solutions
    Walker & Associates/Juniper

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Gift Bag Item Sponsors

 7Sigma Systems, Inc.  3E/Kohler Power Systems  Davis Brown Law
 Badger Communications  Action Battery Wholesalers, Inc.  KLK Construction
 Butler Communications  Genband  NTCA
 Calix  GVNW Consulting  Power Product Services
 Core Communications, Inc.  Hanson Directory Service, Inc.  RVW, Inc.
 Davis Brown Law Firm  Innovative Systems  Vermeer Iowa
 Ditch-Witch of MN & IA  J. Carlson Services, Inc.  
 iWireless  LaPointe Utilities, Inc.  
 OFS  Mid-State Consultants, Inc.  
 Olsen Thielen, CPAs  NISC  
 PCS Technologies  Push, Inc.  
 Slabach Construction Co., Inc.    
 Tharp Brothers    
 West Union Trenching    

It was a great time, check out the photo album that is available on the Alliance website.  Please note the group photos will be available next week. 


Save the date for the 2017 Golf & Grill Classic: 
June 19th & 20th
at Lake Panorama National Golf Course

Washington News    

Alliance Urges Congressional Delegation to Support Call Completion Bill


The Alliance is participating in the final push in the run up to next week’s possible Senate hearing on rural call completion legislation, S.827. The House version of the bill, H.R. 2566, was introduced by Iowa 3rd District Congressman David Young (R-Van Meter) and is currently co-sponsored by Iowa 2nd District Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa City).

Unfortunately, while the legislation in both chambers has bipartisan support, the remaining four members of the Iowa Congressional Delegation have yet to indicate their support for the bill. The Alliance, in coordination with NTCA outreach, are contacting Senators Grassley and Ernst and Congressmen Blum and King to encourage their co-sponsorship of their chambers relevant versions of the bill.

Please consider joining the effort by sending letters/emails of support to the following contacts:

For additional background and talking points on S.827/H.R. 2566 please click here.

(Contact Kevin Condon for more information)


House Panel to Examine Controversial FCC Rulings 


The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on July 12, 2016, on oversight of the FCC.  Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has asked all five FCC Commissioners to testify and respond to questions about alleged “mismanagement” of the Lifeline program, and other recent highly-publicized FCC developments including the proposed privacy rules on broadband ISPs, the set-top box proposal, and the importance of an open and transparent process within the FCC.  More details including livestreaming information should be released in the near future. 

(please contact Dave Duncan for more information)

 Education & Events News    
  2017 Annual Meeting & Expo Call for Speakers    

The ICA Annual Meeting & Expo Committee is developing the content and agenda for the 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo:  Spring Training-Back to Basics that will be in Des Moines, Iowa on March 7-8, 2017.  Associate members of the Alliance are encouraged to offer training to the membership.  This is a unique opportunity to meet and network with the Iowa Communications Alliance members. 

Below are suggested topics of interest identified by the speakers subcommittee for 2017.  We encourage you to submit additional topics as well. 

·         Sales & Marketing

·         Cyber Security – Banking, Employee Training, etc.

·         Human Resources—Benchmarks, Best Practices, Etc.

·         Employee Discipline/Terminations

·         How To Deal With Negative Attitudes/Unacceptable Behavior

·         Records Retention, Retrieval & Destruction

·         New Revenue Opportunities

·         USF Reform Update

·         New Board Member Training

·         Effective Board Retreats

·         Do You Know Where the Revenue Comes From?

·         Future Network:  What does it look like?

·         Home Wifi

·         Review of Top 10 CES Items

·         Other topics you feel are relevant to ICA members

Click here to fill out the call for speakers submission form by July 13th for committee review.    


Impact 2016 Call for Speakers & Sponsors


The Iowa Communications Alliance Technicians, Marketing & Front Office Training Committee is planning the agenda for the 2016 Combined ConferenceNovember 9 & 10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The conference will include general sessions and tracks for each personnel type:  Marketing professionals, front office/customer service reps and technicians.  There may also be a few ITC managers in attendance. 

We are asking for your input as a member of this association to help provide high quality information to its members.   The committee will begin selecting topics/speakers program at their next meeting. Click here to download the Impact 2016 Call for Speakers.  

(Contact Jolene Davis with questions)

  Save the Date: September 15th EnVision Conference for Video Providers    

The EnVision Conference is September 15th in West Des Moines and will feature great speakers and topics that will provide ideas for enhancing your telco’s video products and services.

We are currently accepting speaker submissions and sponsorships.  Click here for the 2016 EnVision Call for Speakers & Sponsors.    

  Volunteer at the Iowa State Fair    
  Want two free tickets to the fair? Volunteer for a shift at the telephone museum. Click here to view the opening slots. If interested in signing up, contact Rich Poland at 402-630-6814 or E-Mail at [email protected]    
IUB News  
  IUB To Upgrade EFS    

IUB has announced that beginning Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 3:30 p.m., its Electronic Filing System (EFS)will be temporarily unavailable to the public and industry stakeholders pending upgrades to improve the filing process. Access to the Board’s EFS service is expected to resume on Monday, June 27, 2016.   IUB says that users wishing to make deadline filings on Friday, June 24 will have the filing deadline extended to Monday, June 27, 2016, at 3:30 p.m., and the Board will accept those filings as being timely. 

After the system improvements are implemented, the step by step process for persons wishing to upload documents to EFS and for notification will not change however, users should be aware that the system will only accept .pdf, .xls. and .xlsx files.  For questions or assistance, please contact the EFS Help Desk Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 515-725-7337, or by e-mail at [email protected]

(Contact Dave Duncan for more information

Compliance News    
  FCC Form 481 due July 1st    

All ETCs must file FCC Form 481 (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form)as required by FCCSection 54.313 by July 1st.  This form includes a wide variety of information on outages, unfulfilled service requests, complaint data, as well as corporate information, and other items. Form 481 must be filed with FCC, USAC and IUB.  New for this year, the Form 481 includes new CAF reporting requirements including for Section 54.313(a)(12) (broadband reasonable comparability rate certification) and Section 54.313(e) (Recipients of Connect America Phase II). 

Although USAC treats the filing as confidential, filers must seek confidential treatment separately with the FCC and the relevant state commission if confidential treatment is desired.  For more information and to see the revised FCC Form 481 go to on USAC’s High Cost webpage.

(Contact Kevin Condon with questions)

Industry News    
  ITTC Meets to Discuss ICN Activity    

The governing board of the ICN, the Iowa Telecommunication and Technology Commission convened last week to give the commission an update on the status of the network and its involvement in the FirstNet process as it pertains to Iowa. The ITTC also spent time discussing the ICN budget which showed an increase in revenues by 3.8% when compared to this time last year.  To see a summary of the meeting provided by the Legislative Service Agency please click here.

(Contact Kevin Condon for more information)

  ICN Bidding Opportunities    

Currently the Iowa Communications Network Bidding Opportunities website lists two open invitations to bid (ITB). The first ITB is for marketing and public relations services while the second deals with the relocation of 7,000 feet of ICN fiber due to the replacement of a bridge in Johnston, IA.   To see these ITBs please click here.

(Contact Kevin Condon for more information)


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