Vol. 18, No. 45

November 7, 2022


March 7, 2023

The 2023 INCOMPAS Policy Summit

Washington, D.C.

October 8-10, 2023

The 2023 INCOMPAS Show

Tampa, Fla.


C Spire Continues to Enhance Network Capacity in the Warren County Area

Connectbase Launches Automated Self-Service NearNet Analysis via Connectivity Marketplace Platform

Consolidated Weighs $200 Million More in Asset Sales to Speed Fiber Growth

DISH to Raise $2 Billion to Help Pay for 5G Network Build

Google Fiber Heads to Denver Suburb Lakewood in Colorado

LS Networks Acquires Commstructure Consulting

Tilson Welcome Mark Sanders as Senior Operations Leader

Construction Underway of WOW! Fiber Network in Altamonte Springs, Florida


November 10

Comments Due on New Rules to Fight Malicious Robotext Campaigns

November 25

Reply Comments Due on New Rules to Fight Malicious Robotext Campaigns

INCOMPAS Schedules Annual Membership Meeting for Wednesday, December 7

INCOMPAS will host its Annual Meeting with membership on December 7 at 2 p.m. ET. During this virtual meeting, INCOMPAS will provide a recap of 2022 and a preview of key initiatives and priorities for the association in 2023. 

Please note that it is election season for INCOMPAS, too. On November 9, INCOMPAS will start its annual Board of Directors election process for the seats that expire this year. Voting members will be contacted directly based on their member category with specific instructions for the election process.

The results of the 2022 election will be announced at the December 7 Annual Meeting. The 2023 Board of Directors will be seated at the Board meeting on December 21. 

For more information on board elections, email Julia Strow.

Videos Now Available of

2022 INCOMPAS Show Keynotes and General Sessions

Did you miss The 2022 INCOMPAS Show keynotes and general sessions while in meetings in Denver? It's not too late to catch up on what our great speakers had to say.

Visit the INCOMPAS YouTube Channel to see keynotes by Zayo President Andrés Irlando and DISH Executive Vice President Tom Cullen.

There you'll also find panel discussions:

All videos can be found on The 2022 INCOMPAS Show Playlist.

BEAD Affordability Requirements Webinar Set for November 9

Leading broadband industry associations have come together to launch a series of monthly educational webinars for state broadband leaders, NTIA, communities and other key stakeholders focused on key topics related to implementation of the $42.45 billion NTIA BEAD broadband infrastructure funding program.

Meeting BEAD Affordability Requirements, the third webinar in this series, will take place Wednesday, November 9 at 1 p.m. ET., hosted by NCTA - The Internet & Television Association and ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association. In order to receive funding from the BEAD program, states are required to submit a “middle-class affordability plan” and providers must offer a low-cost broadband option to eligible subscribers. ACA Connects and NCTA experts will share how your state can meet the NTIA affordability requirements.

Register for the BEAD Affordability Requirements webinar here.


Upcoming 30-minute webinars include:

  • December 14 - Permitting/Rights of Way
  • January 11 - Cyber Security


Replays of the first two webinars in this series can be viewed at the following links:

FCC Takes Next Step to Enable Faster, Better WiFi

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology last week conditionally approved 13 proposed automated frequency coordination (AFC) database systems to finalize development for operations in the 6 GHz band and prepare for the testing phase. These AFC systems manage spectrum access for 6 GHz band standard-power unlicensed devices.

The FCC’s recent rule changes expanded unlicensed use in the 5.925-6.425 GHz and 6.525- 6.875 GHz portions of the 6 GHz band to allow standard-power devices under the control of an AFC. New applications often require greater throughput, which this additional spectrum coupled with higher power will deliver. WiFi 6E builds upon previous WiFi updates and makes use of wider channels to provide gigabit-plus speeds, more simultaneous connections, and better security.

The Public Notice conditionally approved AFC systems proposed by Broadcom, Google, Comsearch, Sony Group, Kyrio, Key Bridge Wireless, Nokia Innovations, Federated Wireless, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA), Qualcomm, Plume Design and RED Technologies. The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology evaluates proposals for AFC systems that will be used by WiFi devices in the 6 GHz band – including WiFi 6E, the next generation of faster, better WiFi. Unlicensed devices operating at standard power levels will use the AFC systems to adjust operating parameters to protect microwave links that operate in the band from harmful interference.

NTIA OMBI Identifies Barriers and Helps Close the Digital Divide

Marking one year of expanding high-speed Internet access in minority communities, NTIA’s Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives (OMBI) released its inaugural Annual Report. This report, required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), details OMBI’s accomplishments over the office’s first year, identifies barriers to high-speed Internet access in minority communities, and outlines the office’s role in achieving digital equity across the United States.

Established in August 2021 within NTIA’s Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG), OMBI is the Department of Commerce’s leader in promoting equitable broadband access and adoption at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and their surrounding anchor communities. Given their decades of investment in minority students and their communities, these institutions are effective catalysts for the expansion of high-speed Internet service.


The OMBI Annual Report summarizes OMBI’s current initiatives to support and build capacity in HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs; outlines barriers to access for students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding anchor community; and provides recommendations to improve efforts to expand digital access and adoption. Examples of OMBI’s key 2021-2022 accomplishments highlighted in the report include:

  • Administering the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program (CMC) and granting over $20 million in the program’s first ten awards
  • Collaborating with federal, state, tribal, and anchor institution stakeholders through interagency outreach, partnerships with national advocacy organizations, and support of NTIA’s Digital Equity Leaders Network re-launch
  • Building the capacity of anchor institutions and their communities through ongoing technical assistance activities exceeding 2000 participants

NARUC Resolution Addresses State Authority to

Enforce Minimum Service Quality Standards

NARUC released a draft resolution for consideration at its November 13, 2022 annual meeting that calls on Congress and the FCC to ensure significant federal and state broadband policy objectives and investments are capable of delivering the results promised.

It stated either Congress or the FCC should confirm or specify state authority to, among other things, enforce FCC or congressionally established minimum service quality standards for federally subsidized services or provided-over federally subsidized infrastructure, so federally subsidized carriers operating in multiple jurisdictions would operate with minimum uniform requirements.

Oral Argument in USF Contribution Factor Appeal Set for Dec. 5

The FCC’s Office of General Counsel issued a notice announcing an oral argument scheduled for December 5, 2022, for the case in the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on the FCC’s first quarter 2022 universal service contribution factor.

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