Vol. 18, No. 47

November 21, 2022


Congratulations to Jerry Kaufmann at KsFiberNet.

For filling our our post-show survey, Jerry was selected by random drawing for a free pass to attend The 2023 INCOMPAS Show in Tampa, October 8-10.


March 7, 2023

October 8-10, 2023


Crown Castle and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Inspire the Next Generation Through a Nearly $2 Million National Partnership to Clean-Up Clubs and Promote STEM

Granite CEO Rob Hale Named One of Boston’s Power 50

MetTel Names Jeff Cetlinski Channel Director to Grow Sales with Top Channel Partners

MetTel’s Lori Thomas Secures Stevie® Award for Woman of the Year for Business Services

Public Policy Leader Carl Guardino Joins Tarana as VP of Government Affairs

BAI Communications Closes Acquisition of ZenFi Networks, Further Accelerating Growth in the U.S. Market


November 25

Reply Comments Due on New Rules to Fight Malicious Robotext Campaigns

INCOMPAS Shares Insights on

2022 Midterm Election Results

During a webinar last week, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering provided a preliminary assessment of what the midterm election results mean for the U.S. House and Senate, as well as state governments, and the potential impact on the tech and communications industry.

To view the webinar, click here.

FCC Releases New National Broadband Maps

Last week, the FCC released a pre-production draft of its new National Broadband Map. The map will display specific location-level information about broadband services available throughout the country – a significant step forward from the census block level data previously collected.

This release of the draft map kicks off the public challenge processes that will play a critical role in improving the accuracy of the map, which is an important resource for targeting funding and other efforts to bring broadband to unserved and underserved communities.

The public will be able to view the maps online and search for their address to see information about the fixed and mobile services that internet providers report are available there. If the fixed internet services shown are not available at the user’s location, they may file a challenge with the FCC directly through the map interface to correct the information. Map users will be able correct information about their location and add their location to the map if it is missing. The draft map also will allow users to view the mobile wireless coverage reported by cellular service providers.

A video tutorial and more information on how to submit challenges is available on the FCC website.

Speed Test App Updated

The FCC also announced the launch of an updated version of the FCC Speed Test App that will enable users to quickly compare the performance and coverage of their mobile networks to that reported by their provider.

The app allows users to submit their mobile speed test data in support of a challenge to a wireless service provider’s claimed coverage. New users can download the FCC Speed Test App in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Existing app users should update the app to gain these new features.

Nov. 28 Deadline for Info on Private-Led Robocall Traceback Efforts

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a public notice requesting from voice service providers and the registered consortium, USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group, any information necessary for the FCC’s annual report on the state of private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls. The reporting period for this request is from November 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022. Submissions are due by December 9, 2022

FCC Rule Unveiled that Requires Broadband Providers

to Display Labels to Help Consumers

The FCC unveiled new rules that will for the first time require broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. The Report and Order approved by the FCC creates rules that require broadband providers to display, at the point of sale, labels that show key information consumers want−prices, speeds, fees, data allowances, and other critical information. The labels resemble the well-known nutrition labels that appear on food products.

“Broadband is an essential service, for everyone, everywhere. Because of this, consumers need to know what they are paying for, and how it compares with other service offerings,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “For over 25 years, consumers have enjoyed the convenience of nutrition labels on food products. We’re now requiring internet service providers to display broadband labels for both wireless and wired services. Consumers deserve to get accurate information about price, speed, data allowances, and other terms of service up front.”

The Report and Order also includes a template of the required label that reflects comments the FCC received from consumers, consumer advocates, and government and industry experts who participated in three public hearings and many others that submitted comments in response to the earlier NRPM. To ensure the label benefits all consumers, the FCC adopted language and accessibility requirements for the label’s display.

NTIA Invites Industry Stakeholders to December 6 Webinar

on Advancing Equitable Workforce Development

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) plans to host an insightful discussion among agency staff and industry stakeholders regarding the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program’s equitable workforce development objectives. This webinar will help program participants better understand the subgrantee requirements and guidance of federal labor and employment laws, skilled workforce standards, equitable training and workforce development, and contacting.

The webinar will take place Tuesday, December 6 from 2 p.m to 3 p.m. ET. Register here for an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about your role in fostering equitable workforce development and job quality objectives.

Call for $1 Billion in Omnibus for Emergency Connectivity Fund

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee; Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government; and Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) issued a statement calling on Congress to provide $1 billion in the year-end omnibus for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), which funds devices and broadband services for students and educators to connect to the internet at home. The federal dollars are necessary to fully fund the $2.8 billion in ECF requests that the FCC received in its most recent application window. The lawmakers worked to secure the provisions creating the Emergency Connectivity Fund within the American Rescue Plan to provide immediate internet access to the millions of American students who lack the ability to get online at home.

In June, Sens. Markey and Van Hollen and Rep. Meng led 76 of their colleagues in a letter urging congressional leadership to support their efforts to secure additional funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund. Last year, the trio introduced the Securing Universal Communications Connectivity to Ensure Students Succeed (SUCCESS) Act to provide an additional $8 billion a year over five years – for a total of $40 billion – to the ECF program to continue to connect students to the internet following the coronavirus pandemic.

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