VOL. 14, NO. 11
March 12, 2018


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INCOMPAS Urges FCC to Bring Competition to Rural Health Care
On March 5, INCOMPAS filed reply comments in an FCC proceeding seeking input on reforms to the agency's Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. Demand for the RHC Program has exceeded the $400 million cap for the second year in a row, and the FCC has opened this proceeding seeking ways to promote efficiencies in the administration and oversight of the program.

In its reply comments, INCOMPAS urged the Commission to take additional steps to enable competition in the program, in order to control program costs and ensure that reliable and innovative telecommunications services are available to the nation's rural healthcare providers.

INCOMPAS explained that the FCC can encourage competition through measures that promote transparency in the bidding process, streamline the application and administration of the program to encourage new service providers to participate, and by allowing healthcare providers to continue to factor reliability and service quality into the agency's standards on cost effectiveness.

"President Trump has repeatedly cited his desire to bring competition to insurance, to education, and to the health care market. A great venue for this is the Rural Health Care Program. Enhancing a competitive bidding process for providers in the RHC will bring a market-based approach to this critical program that will be far more efficient than any rate-setting process conducted by the Commission or the program's administrator, the Universal Service Administrative Company," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. "Without a plan to bring more competition to rural telehealth, millions of Americans living in the heartland will be at risk of losing essential services that save lives. Bringing transparency to and streamlining the bidding and application process will ensure it's not just the biggest companies who participate in the program, but the companies able to offer the most competitive services and prices."
INCOMPAS Show Offers Special Deals for First Time Exhibitors 
If your company has been considering exhibiting at The INCOMPAS Show, now is the time to take advantage of specials for first-time exhibitors.

The 2018 INCOMPAS Show First-Time Exhibitor Program offers numerous benefits at a low one-time cost:
  • 5 full conference registrations for you and your customers.
  • Pre- and post-show attendee list
  • Inclusion in INCOMPAS Show Guide and website, with designation as first-time exhibitor 
  • Access to the INCOMPAS Deal Center
  • Designated area on the show floor
For more information on costs and other details, email Samantha Edidin or call 312-673-5685.

LNPA Transition Outreach Webcast Set for March 14 
The Wireline Competition Bureau announced that the next webcast for Local Number Portability Administrator Transition Outreach and Education Plan (TOEP) will be this Wednesday, March 14, at 3 p.m. ET. These webcasts enable communication with the public in accordance with the TOEP as described in the Transition Oversight Plan.

Interested participants can register online for the webcast.
FCC, FTC to Co-Host Robocall Policy Forum and Tech Expo
The FCC and Federal Trade Commission will co-host a policy forum on illegal robocalls on March 23 at 9:30 a.m. The forum will focus on the regulatory challenges posed by illegal robocalls and what the two agencies are doing to both protect consumers and encourage the development of private sector solutions.

Then, on April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon, the agencies will host the "Stop Illegal Robocalls Technology Expo," which will feature technologies, devices and applications to minimize or eliminate the illegal robocalls consumers receive. The FCC and FTC also released a Public Notice seeking exhibitors for the expo.

House Passes Telecom Package
Last week, the House approved the bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation reauthorizing the FCC and spurring the deployment of next-generation wireless services. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-SD) are pushing to attach the measure to an omnibus funding bill, which Congress has to pass before March 23 to avert a government shutdown.

The telecom package would reauthorize the FCC, free up airwaves for next-generation 5G wireless networks and cover a funding shortfall stemming from a massive airwaves auction.