VOL. 13, NO. 31
July 31, 2017
Windstream Expands Metro Fiber Network in Indianapolis
INCOMPAS Show Buyers Forum Brings Service Providers, Vendors Together for Exclusive Networking
Service providers looking for new products and services can find them all at one place - The INCOMPAS Show: Fall 2017 featuring the ChannelVision Expo West and NEDAS Symposium, October 15-17 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. With its popular Buyers Forum, INCOMPAS is making it even easier for buyers at service providers to discover and connect with new and existing partners.

The Buyers Forum provides valuable, exclusive networking opportunities for all show participants to do business and close deals - from pre-scheduled meetings to open networking time throughout the day on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17. Among the service providers already slated to participate are:
  • Arvig
  • Consolidated Communications
  • FiberLight, LLC
  • Fibernet Direct
  • GTT
  • Inteliquent
  • Securus Technologies
  • Wave Wholesale
  • Zayo Group
If your company is interested in participating in The Buyers Forum at The INCOMPAS Show, please click here.

Don't Miss Out
Register today for The INCOMPAS Show to ensure that you can reserve your room at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and be only steps away from all the action.

Registration options include full conference, as well as single-day and reception passes. Discounted group pricing is also available for groups of five or more from a single company.
Eighth Circuit Upholds
Pole Attachment Rate Order 
Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled i n the case of Ameren Corp. vs. FCC, upholding the FCC's order equalizing cable and telecommunications pole attachment rates.

"Today the Eighth Circuit provided a victory for broadband users, competition and deployment by upholding the FCC's decision on pole attachments that equalizes and potentially lowers certain pole attachment rates," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. "Pole attachment pricing and delays have held back the deployment of broadband networks by new companies seeking to provide better service, faster speeds and lower prices. Pole attachment reform represents one of the key building blocks for promoting the continued deployment of competitive broadband services across the nation, and we applaud today's court decision. We now hope the FCC takes the next, necessary step in spurring broadband deployment by allowing new attachers the option to invoke a one-touch, make ready process for pole attachments, which will provide more affordable, timely and efficient construction of competitive networks."

Background of the case: In 2011, the FCC adopted an order with the intent of harmonizing the pole attachment rates that cable and telecom service providers pay utility pole owners. But the Order didn't achieve its goal. In response to a Petition for Reconsideration filed by INCOMPAS (then COMPTEL), NCTA and tw telecom, the FCC again altered the telecom rate, adopting the order at issue in the appeal. This 2015 Order eliminated the distinction between poles in urban and non-urban areas, instead basing "cost" on the average number of attachers to a pole within an area. The Eighth Circuit decision upholds this order, which effectively equalizes the telecom rate with the cable rate.  
Senators Introduce Legislation to Modernize Digital Privacy 
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced two pieces of legislation designed to update the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (ECPA), which was passed in 1986. The first -  ECPA Modernization Act    - is a bill that would update the lawto better reflect Americans' modern expectations of privacy. 

The Senators also joined with Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Al Franken (D-MN) to introduce a second bill, the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement to go before a judge and get a search warrant based on probable cause whenever it seeks to obtain emails, photos or texts held by technology companies.
House E&C Committee Plans Internet Hearing for September 
Last week, during opening statements at the "Oversight and Reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission" hearing, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) announced a full committee hearing on Thursday, September 7 at 10 a.m. entitled  "Ground Rules for the Internet Ecosystem." 

Following the announcement, invitations were sent to CEOs of leading tech companies, including Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix, and broadband providers including Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Charter Communications, requesting they testify before the full committee.
FCC to Hold Open Meeting on Thursday, August 3
With a theme of "Rural Broadband Month," the August FCC open meeting will focus on the following items:
  • Connect America Fund Phase II Auction (Auction 903)
  • Mobility Fund Phase II Challenge Process
  • Form 477
  • Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum Between 3.7 GHz and 24 GHz
  • Wireless License Renewal and Service Continuity Reform
The Commission also will consider a Hearing Designation Order and an enforcement action.

The meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, August 3, 10:30 a.m. at FCC headquarters. It also will be broadcast online at www.fcc.gov/live