VOL. 14, NO. 26
June 25, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, INCOMPAS will have a new mailing address:

2025 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

The main phone number and all employee extensions will remain 
the same.



October 29-31
ARIA Resort & Casino
Las Vegas

June 28 
Palo Alto, Calif., is seeking proposals to develop a business case to build a fiber-to-the-node network to multiple neighborhood nodes, with an expansion option to deploy a citywide fiber-to-the-premises network. 

July 2

CEO Letter: Cutting off 
Broadband Competition Hurts Deployment, Raises Prices
Leaders of 16 competitive broadband providers last week sent a letter to Congress warning them of big telecom's effort to cut off broadband competition. The letter was signed by executives from Allstream, Dialog Telecom LLC, Digital West, First Communications, Fusion, Gorge.Net, GWI, IdeaTek, Mammoth Networks, SmartCom,SnowCrest Inc., Socket, Sonic, TPX Communications, Uniti Fiber and Windstream.

At issue is a recent USTelecom petition filed at the FCC, which will allow incumbent providers to escape their obligations under Section 251 of the Communications Act requiring them to provide wholesale access to unbundled network elements (UNEs) and offer certain resale arrangements. UNEs and resale offer an important means of competitive entry that spurs new fiber deployment and innovation.

The letter emphasized the threat to Congress' bipartisan broadband deployment goals that are critical to our nation's economic growth, education, health and public safety needs.

The letter said that in "markets where competitive providers have installed Gigabit fiber networks, speeds rise, prices fall, and the incumbents are forced to invest...Cutting off competitors' access to critical network elements in key areas dramatically reduces the pool of customers in each market, reducing competitive investment incentives. This also creates an incumbent incentive for milking money from old, outdated lines rather than investing in new fiber deployment."

The letter also noted that in "several rural communities, our companies are the only broadband provider because the incumbent provider has abandoned the market altogether. This move AT&T is seeking would mean our companies will no longer be able to provide broadband service, cutting off entire communities from the jobs and economy of the future.

"More competition keeps prices affordable for all customers. But through this petition, AT&T is seeking an immediate price increase of 15 percent. The unnecessary price hike will impact residential and small business customers in your districts."
The 2018 INCOMPAS Show: Where the Decision Makers Are
Did you know that...

From October 29-31, one of the highest percentage of key decision makers - C-level executives, VPs/SVPs and directors - of any communications industry trade show will meet at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas for The 2018 INCOMPAS Show .

At The 2018 INCOMPAS Show, you'll find everything you need to make valuable connections and seal those key deals:
  • Time to network and make new connections - Opening and closing parties, executive receptions and networking opportunities.
  • Buyers Forum - Dedicated time to meet with qualified industry buyers and do business with premier vendors from across the country, minimizing travel costs and acquisition time.
  • Centrally located meeting space - From formal, private meeting rooms and the Deal Center, to pop-up meeting areas around the INCOMPAS Bar in the heart of the Expo Hall, conduct those important meetings at your convenience. For more information or to secure your exhibit or meeting space, email Sam Edidin.
Save Up to $200 Per Person on Registration Fees
INCOMPAS members can save up to $200 per person on full conference registrations.

Not an INCOMPAS member? Learn how you can save at the show, and capitalize on the benefits of membership year round.

Group Packages Available
Planning to bring your entire team? The INCOMPAS Show offers group pricing packages with savings up to $250 off per person, and the opportunity to secure a block of hotel rooms. Click here for more details.

Secure Discounted Hotel Rates
When you register, you will have the opportunity to book your room at our host hotel - the ARIA Resort - and receive our exclusive discounted rates.

Discounted hotel rates won't last long...and space is limited, so secure all your travel plans today!
INCOMPAS Urges FCC to Give Providers Flexibility in Addressing Rural Call Completion Issues
INCOMPAS last week filed reply comments in the FCC's proceeding on rural call completion.

In its comments, INCOMPAS sought regulatory flexibility for providers implementing the requirements of the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act, recommended that the Commission consider rural call completion solutions that acknowledge the problem of rural access stimulation, and highlighted support for an extended compliance deadline for covered providers' use of registered intermediate providers to complete rural calls.
FCC Announces Tentative 
July Open Meeting Agenda
The FCC announced its tentative agenda for the July 12 Open Meeting. Items include:
The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The meeting will be streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live and can be followed on social media with #OpenMtgFCC.