VOL. 12, NO. 44
November 21, 2016

April 3-5
Morial Convention Center
New Orleans

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FCC Removes BDS and Other Items from November Agenda
With Commission Action Uncertain, Competition Remains Key to the Future

Last Wednesday, the FCC removed the Business Data Services (BDS) order from the November Open Meeting agenda.

While action on BDS remains uncertain, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering pushed the FCC to stay true to its commitments to competition and help business customers, stating "After a decade-long delay, and over $150 billion in economic impact to the American people due to overcharges, the business data services order deserves a vote at the FCC."

Pickering said inaction "punishes small businesses, schools and libraries that have been promised faster speeds, lower prices and more competition."

Pickering, continuing to fight for immediate and future action pointed to election results and the next administration saying, "The voters have insisted that Washington is broken. They want more competition and better pricing. The market is rigged for broadband monopolies. It's time for FCC leadership, in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, willing to fight for competition for all."

In addition to BDS, the FCC also removed several other items from its agenda, including the Mobility Fund Order, a notice of proposed rulemaking on roaming obligations of commercial mobile service providers and the regulatory classification of Voice over LTE, and implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. 
INCOMPAS 2017 Policy Summit Set for February 15-16 in D.C.
Registration will open in early December for the annual INCOMPAS 2017 Policy Summit , which is taking place February 15-16 in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 Policy Summit offers the opportunity for communications industry executives to connect with leaders from the Federal Communications Commission and Capitol Hill. 

On Wednesday, February 15, at the Newseum, attendees will hear from key officials from the FCC and Capitol Hill. They will discuss the current state of affairs and the future landscape of the communications industry. In addition, a panel of industry leaders will discuss strategies and policies that will continue to promote growth and innovation in the communications and technology economy. Then, on Thursday, February 16, INCOMPAS will join its members for visits with key Hill leadership.

For more information, visit the Policy Summit website or email Jenny Gilbert.

Plan Ahead for INCOMPAS Show in New Orleans, April 3-5
Looking to invest your remaining 2016 budget on one of the most valuable networking and business development events in 2017? If so, look no further than The INCOMPAS Show: Spring 2017, which is taking place April 3-5 in New Orleans.

Registration for the Spring show will open in mid-December. Get a jump on planning for next year by registering early and taking advantage of discounted rates. Stay tuned to future issues of the newsletter or visit the INCOMPAS Show website for more details.

Interested in increasing your company's visibility among the top buyers and sellers in the market? Email Samantha Edidin to learn about benefits of exhibiting or sponsorships of the INCOMPAS Show.