VOL. 14, NO. 19
May 7, 2018


Later this month, the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Join INCOMPAS and show your support for restoring open Internet protections by helping to turn the Internet red on May 9. 

We'll have several different social media efforts starting that day for you to retweet and share on Twitter. Our handle is @INCOMPAS.
Be sure to include
or #SaveNetNeutrality
in all of your posts.

For more information on the "Go Red" campaign, check out this Verge article.


October 29-31
The 2018

ARIA Resort & Casino
Las Vegas



June 1

June 4 

June 7

June 19

July 2

INCOMPAS Opposes USTelecom Forbearance Petition Seeking End to UNE and Resale Obligations 
A petition filed May 4 at the FCC by USTelecom, a trade group representing large, incumbent telcos, seeks to enable those providers to escape their obligations under Section 251 of the Communications Act requiring them to provide wholesale access to unbundled network elements (UNEs). 

UNEs offer a means of competitive entry that spurs fiber build and innovation. The action requested by this petition will impact both residential and business customers, cutting off innovative competitors, which will result in higher prices for business customers and curtailing millions of dollars in fiber deployment.

In response to the petition, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering, said that "big telecom's 'competition cut off' will freeze broadband deployment and burn consumers and small businesses with higher bills. Cutting off access and kicking the little guy where it hurts is a brazen move, and we urge the FCC to reject the measure outright."

"The facts are clear, where smaller competitors have access and are deploying new networks, big telecom incumbents are forced to upgrade their service and lower prices. USTelecom's petition delays the future and will incentivize large incumbent telecom providers to raise rates on older, slower lines for much longer," Pickering added. "Wholesale access is a critical bridge to fiber construction and infrastructure investment. The FCC has fully endorsed a broadband deployment agenda to help bring faster speed, lower cost networks to all Americans, including underserved rural communities. Cutting off competition and eliminating a wholesale market that incentivizes new fiber deployment runs counter to the FCC's goals, and we encourage the Commission to reject the petition."

As a matter of procedure, forbearance petitions are deemed granted if the FCC does not act within one year of the filing of the petition. The FCC does have the ability to extend that time by 90 days.
INCOMPAS Amplifies Your Voice on Advocacy Issues and Opens Doors to Business Opportunities
Is your company is concerned about the potential impact of USTelecom's petition to end incumbents UNE and resale obligations (see story above) or is it looking for a way to join the fight for net neutrality? Maybe you're seeking new channels for meeting business partners or growing your pipeline of prospective customers?

An INCOMPAS membership can help you meet these goals and more, saving money, time and resources in the process. With advocacy led by policy experts and an annual trade show that is renown as the place where deals are done, INCOMPAS is where you need to be.

Among the benefits of being an INCOMPAS member:

Benefit from Regulatory and Legislative Advocacy
  • Unite with other members and key players in the communications policy arena to advance pro-competitive laws and regulations that will help grow your business.
  • Ensure your voice is heard on issues that will have an impact on your company and customers.
Grow Your Network and Increase Sales
  • Expand your networking and sales opportunities at The INCOMPAS Show, taking place October 29-31, 2018, at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas. There you can showcase your products with priority access to premium exhibit space and meeting rooms, leverage premier sponsorship opportunities and earn priority consideration for speaking opportunities.
  • Gain greater visibility through INCOMPAS' website, newsletter and social media following. Take advantage of our extended reach throughout the industry to promote your press releases, white papers and corporate profiles.
INCOMPAS offers memberships in two categories:
  • Service Provider - These members are communications services providers with annual revenues of less than $70 billion, and are eligible to vote on association matters and serve on the Board of Directors. Membership dues are based on company annual revenue.
  • Marketplace - Vendors of equipment and providers of services to communications services providers. Annual Marketplace membership dues are $5,000 and include a $2,500 credit that can be used toward exhibiting, sponsorships or securing meeting space at The 2018 INCOMPAS Show.
Interested in learning more about INCOMPAS membership, or joining?  Please email Julia Strow.
LNPA Transition Webcast May 9
The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice announcing the 29th LNP Administrator Transition Outreach and Education Plan webcast will take place on May 9, 2018. 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the transition oversight manager, will report on the May 6, 2018, NPAC migration of the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to the next LNPA, and discuss preparatory activities and the communications plan for the May 20, 2018 NPAC migration of the Western, West Coast and Southwest regions. Interested parties may register and find additional details for the session here.