VOL. 14, NO. 8
February 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 20
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
An Ounce of Message Security: Worth a Pound of Cure
Learn what it takes to protect your messaging services from hackers and bad actors

In the latest RestcommONE Marketplace IQ Series from Telestax, Noah Rafalko, CEO of Midori Interactive, will outline simple steps every business must take to protect their phone numbers and brand reputation.

October 29-31
ARIA Resort & Casino
Las Vegas


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February 22

Get Your Company the Attention
it Deserves: Exhibit & Meet at
The 2018 INCOMPAS Show
Make your mark in the communications ecosystem: Secure your exhibit and meeting spaces at The 2018 INCOMPAS Show.

We offer a variety of options, with significant discounts for INCOMPAS members, designed to fit your company's unique needs - from all-inclusive kiosks to traditional exhibit space, to meeting spaces on and off the show floor. There are even special deals for first-time exhibitors.

Join INCOMPAS and Save 
Not an INCOMPAS member? Want to enjoy discounts at the show, as well as marketing, network and advocacy benefits throughout the year? Join INCOMPAS now!

Our new Marketplace Membership - designed for vendors and companies offering professional services - includes a $2,500 credit to use for exhibiting, sponsoring or securing meeting space at The 2018 INCOMPAS Show.

For membership questions, or to join INCOMPAS, email Gail Norris.

To secure your exhibit or meeting space, email Samantha Edidin.
INCOMPAS' Kronenberg Talks
Net Neutrality at Congressional Internet Caucus Event 

On February 12, INCOMPAS Chief Advocate and General Counsel Angie Kronenberg (at left in photo above) participated on a panel entitled "
What's Next For Net Neutrality? Litigation, Legislation, and the Lay of the Land," hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Academy. 

Kronenberg said that "we need to focus on the facts, and we have a long record of what they are. Net neutrality protects consumers and businesses."  She noted the open internet protections have long been supported on a bi-partisan basis by lawmakers, regulators and voters. She added that actions being taken in Congress, as well as in the states where new legislation and executive orders have been announced, are in direct response to the Commission's decision in December to roll back the protections.

Kronenberg also questioned whether the FCC's order will preempt state efforts to protect an open internet, particularly those that have used executive orders that condition state contracts so that only those ISPs that are willing to abide by open internet principles may serve as a communications provider for state agencies.

The panel, moderated by Li Zhou, a reporter for Politico Pro, also included Matthew Brill, Partner, Latham & Watkins; Chris Lewis, Vice President, Public Knowledge; and Berin Szoka, President, TechFreedom. A video of the panel can be found here
Net Neutrality Actions on
Capitol Hill and in the Courts
In a February 13 letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, 24 Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee requested information on how the Commission reviewed public comments in the Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding. They asked the Commission how it determined which comments were non-substantive, the number of consumer comments filed in the record and how it determined which arguments filed by Congress not to consider. They requested a response by March 6, 2018.

Earlier this month, the FCC filed three motions with the D.C., First and Ninth Circuit Courts, seeking to dismiss petitions for review of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order filed by New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (and consolidated cases), the County of Santa Clara, et al. and Free Press. The Commission asserted the petitions are premature because the Order results from a rulemaking proceeding and a summary of the Order and the text of the amended rules have not yet been published in the Federal Register.
President Trump's FY19 Budget Includes Infrastructure Plan
President Trump released his FY 2019 budget proposal on February 12, which included his plan for rebuilding America's infrastructure. The $200 billion infrastructure plan includes:
  • $50 billion for a rural infrastructure program that would distribute funds to the states as block grants to be used for infrastructure projects in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000
  • $14 billion from an infrastructure financing program would go to expanding a number of existing credit programs, including TIFIA, WIFIA, RRIF and RUS.
BDAC to Meet on April 25 
In a recent Public Notice, the FCC announced that the next meeting of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) will be held on April 25, 2018. The BDAC will consider reports and recommendations from its working groups, including the Model Code for Municipalities working group and the Model Code for States working group. The BDAC also will continue its discussions on how to accelerate the deployment of broadband by reducing and/or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment.