VOL. 12, NO. 41
October 31, 2016

April 3-5
Morial Convention Center
New Orleans

October 15-18


The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) will host Annual Committee Meetings November 13-16 in La Quinta, Calif.

INCOMPAS is planning to host a Competitors' Reception on November 12 at the La Quinta Resort and Club. Please note that the Competitors' Reception is not sponsored by NARUC, nor is it a part of the meeting agenda.

If your company would like to sponsor the receptions, or you have questions, please email Karen Reidy or call 202-296-6650.


November 9
November 16

December 27 
January 23 
FCC Puts BDS on November Open Meeting Agenda    
Early last week, INCOMPAS and several other associations and companies sent a letter to the FCC urging it to include the Business Data Services (BDS) NPRM on the agenda for the November Open Meeting.

In an accompanying blog, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering discussed how last Thursday was the birthday of America's trustbuster - President Teddy Roosevelt. He wrote: "To mark Teddy's birthday on Thursday, the FCC has an opportunity to do something that would make Roosevelt smile: Announce it will take a step forward in addressing market power abuse in the business data services market (BDS) for its November meeting. Setting a vote on BDS would advance a proceeding that has dragged on for over a decade."

On October 27, the FCC announced its tentative agenda for its November 17 Open Meeting, which included BDS, as well as the mobility fund, roaming obligations and video accessibility. INCOMPAS's Pickering said in a statement that day "Chairman Wheeler and the FCC have the opportunity to build on their pro-competition legacy by voting to curb market power abuse in the business data services market. After a decade-long delay, we thank Chairman Wheeler for advancing this proceeding, which will help business data service customers. We want to thank the broad coalition of support for this item, including consumer groups and members of the competitive wired and wireless industry who have made it clear: competition means business."

INCOMPAS Show Recap   
Attendees of The INCOMPAS Show last week in Dallas networked, socialized and made valuable business connections. 

New at this show was the Buyers Forum, which gave attendees the opportunity to network or meet with representatives from buying companies, such as Bandwidth, Earthlink, Google, GTT, Impact Telecom, Inteliquent, Level 3, Microsoft, Onvoy, TelePacific, Windstream and XO Communications.

GTT President and CEO Rick Calder (right) emphasized to INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering and show attendees how listening and staying true to focused strategies have been his company's key to success during Monday's keynote session.

Last Tuesday at The INCOMPAS Show, panelists talked about "Building the City of the Future."  Read more about this session on the Next Century Cities blog

To learn more about the show, and news from our exhibitors and sponsors, check out the Show Daily issues that hit the newsstands on Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25
INCOMPAS Files Replies in FCC Video Competition Proceeding   
On October 24, INCOMPAS filed reply comments in the FCC proceeding examining the status of competition in the video programming market. INCOMPAS outlined issues that impede smaller multichannel video programming distribution (MVPD) and new entrants' access to video programming, with a focus on retransmission consent and the role that contractual exclusivity provisions play in limiting the ability of these companies to access multiple dwelling units (MDUs) and provide a competing video service product.

INCOMPAS reply comments also referenced its filings in the FCC's proceeding to introduce competition to the retail market for navigation devices. As the association stated in that rulemaking, Commission action to ensure that consumers can use third-party devices to access content will promote video choice and consumer benefits.
FCC Adopts Broadband Privacy Rules at October Open Meeting
At its October open meeting last week, the FCC adopted privacy rules designed to give broadband consumers increased choice, transparency and security for their personal data collected by ISPs. The rules establish a framework of customer consent required for ISPs to use and share their customers' personal information that is calibrated to the sensitivity of the information. 

For more information, read the FCC's press release and fact sheet
Member Profile:
Broadview Networks
Broadview Networks was founded in 1996 as a network-based business communications provider offering traditional voice, data and internet services. In 2005, Broadview pioneered hosted phone systems and developed its own proprietary UCaaS platform called OfficeSuite, which offers hosted unified communications services to businesses of all sizes. Unlike other unified communications services, OfficeSuite use unique technology and the cloud for 100 percent of call processing and data storage, making user profile information, features and services accessible regardless of device or local office conditions. Since the launch of its initial cloud service, Broadview has rapidly become a top 10 cloud provider nationwide according to analysts, including Frost and Sullivan and Infonetics Research.

Visit the INCOMPAS website to learn more about Broadview Networks.

For more information on submitting a member profile, or updating an existing one, email Natalie DeHart or call 202-296-6650.