Vol. 18, No. 41

October 3, 2022


October 24-26


C Spire Promotes Karl Arndt to Director of Government Wireless

C Spire Business Wins Multiple Partner Awards from Cisco

Consolidated Expects to Add 3X as Many Fiber Subs in '22 as Last Year

Google Fiber Hits 20 Gbps in Field Trial as it Plots Multi-Gig Step Up

JMA Wireless Featured in Forbes: Boosting Domestic Production Of 5G Technology Is Important To Ensure Long Run U.S. Economic Primacy

LS Networks Announces Entry into Residential Market

MetTel’s Head of Mobility & IoT Max Silber Joins Forbes Technology Council

Tarana Announces G1x2 Wireless, Showcasing High-Performance Broadband with Unprecedented Economics and Speed

TDL-Gentek brings Tarana’s G1 Next Generation Fixed Wireless Platform to Canada

Zayo Expands Fiber Footprint for Diverse, High-Bandwidth Connectivity in Latin America’s Financial Hub of São Paulo


October 6

Reply Comments Due on Proposed E-rate Eligible Services for Funding Year 2023

October 21

Reply Comments Due on TRACED Act Obligations on Caller Authentication 

5G and Wholesale Take Center Stage at 2022 INCOMPAS Show

Zayo CEO Steve Smith Featured Along with Executives from DISH, Brightspeed and Verizon in Monday Keynote Sessions

As the communications industry races to deploy wireless and fiber networks, service providers are working together in commercial collaborations and wholesale markets to expand the reach of broadband across the country.

The impact of these partnerships will be explored during keynote sessions as The 2022 INCOMPAS Show kicks off on Monday, October 24 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

Zayo CEO Steve Smith will be a featured keynote speaker, discussing Zayo’s nationwide deployment objectives, its role in the 5G rollout, and why streamlining deployment and removing historical barriers to market entry are critical to meeting the 5G timeline.  

Tom Cullen, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at DISH, will discuss meeting key 5G rollout milestones, strategic partnerships with companies like Zayo and why adding terrestrial service to the 12 GHz band is critical to speeding deployment of 5G networks.

Monday General Sessions

Also on Monday, October 24, the INCOMPAS Show will feature general session panels: 

  • Wholesale Executive Roundtable: Communications Providers Share Their Perspective - Wholesale markets are a hallmark for vibrant competition. Executives from incumbent and new entrant companies operating in the wholesale market will provide insights on how to address both the challenges companies face and the opportunities that are presented for the industry now and beyond. This keynote session will also dive into expected technology shifts and new products that will be needed to address the competitive marketplace. Featured speakers are Curtis Heffelfinger, Vice President Wholesale Sales at Brightspeed and Jeff Hulse, Vice President, Verizon Partner Solutions.

  • Unleashing 12 GHz for the 5G Future - No resource is more important in the global race to 5G than spectrum, and in particular, mid-band spectrum. Industry and regulators have a unique opportunity to bring 500 megahertz of ideal mid-band spectrum to market by modernizing the rules in the 12 GHz band for terrestrial 5G. During this session, panelists will discuss this proceeding and what’s at stake. They’ll also explore how expanding the 12 GHz band is critical to establishing the 5G economy, creating jobs and helping advance the FCC’s goal of closing the digital divide.

Lunch and Learn: Key Investment Trends & Opportunities in Today’s Digital Infrastructure M&A Landscape - Join Michael Quinn, Founding Partner at Q Advisors, and Brett Diamond, CEO of 11:11 Systems as they discuss 11:11 Networks’ Buy and Build Strategy over the past year. This session will offer a comprehensive overview of:

  • How to identify key value drivers and takeaways when evaluating strategic investment opportunities for your digital infrastructure business
  • What the future holds for 11:11, including an in-depth case study of how 11:11’s development can be compared and contrasted to Brett’s previous business, Hudson Fiber Networks, in its ultimate sale to ExteNet Systems
  • An overview of today’s most prevalent trends in the Digital Infrastructure space, as well as how to navigate today’s M&A and capital market landscape going forward into an uncertain 2023

You Have the Right, to Fight, For Condo Competition

Association Advocates Broadband Competition Rule to Help

Apartment, Condo and Low-Income Housing Consumers

INCOMPAS welcomed new rules from the FCC that went into effect last week, which are intended to bring more broadband choice and competition to Americans living in apartment buildings, condominiums and low-income housing and working in malls, office buildings, and other multiple tenant environments. Starting last Monday, large internet service providers and building owners no longer are able to engage in exclusive or graduated revenue sharing agreements that amount to an end-run around the FCC’s prohibition on exclusive access agreements and must disclose any exclusive marketing arrangements they have with landlords.

“Thanks to the bipartisan push to unlock broadband competition in condo, apartment and other multi-tenant environments, these consumers—who make up an astounding 30 percent of Americans—now have the right to fight for broadband competition,” said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. “This should signal the end of a monopoly roadblock as large ISPs and big landlords will no longer be able to enter into sweetheart deals and agreements that hold back competition and the deployment of new networks. The FCC rules on MTEs should help unlock tenants from monopoly living and allow them to upgrade their homes and businesses with faster speed internet that costs less and comes with better customer service.” 

White House Competition Council Hosts Third Meeting

Last week, President Biden met with the White House Competition Council to discuss the significant progress made since he signed the Competition Executive Order just over a year ago, and to call on the Council to continue taking aggressive actions to deliver concrete costs savings to American families.

The July 9, 2021, Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy established the Competition Council to drive forward the Administration’s whole-of-government effort to promoting competition. Its purpose is to coordinate progress on the Order’s 72 initiatives to restore competition in the economy, to collaborate on addressing pressing competition problems across the economy, and to find new ways of delivering concrete benefits to America’s consumers, workers, farmers and small businesses. The Council is comprised of ten Cabinet members and the heads of seven independent agencies.

The President commended the Council’s members for the impressive work done over the last year, and highlighted several examples of initiatives including from the FCC in delivering cost-savings for American consumers. The FCC is pursuing similar rules that will require internet companies to display a standardized “Broadband Nutrition Label” that discloses their monthly prices, fees, and internet speeds—so customers can see which company is cheapest and companies will have to compete for business.

Senators Introduce Bills to Prevent Broadband Grant Taxation

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), joined by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), introduced the Broadband Grant Tax Treatment Act (BGTTA) — legislation to amend the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that funding directed for the implementation of broadband from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will not be considered taxable income.

Grants awarded to industry for the purposes of broadband deployment are currently factored into a company’s income and will soon be subjected to additional taxes due to scheduled changes to the corporate tax code that kick in beginning next year – unless Congress acts now to address the problem. This new bipartisan legislation moves to exclude broadband deployment grants awarded through the IIJA and ARP from an organization’s income, ensuring the entirety of federal dollars awarded to companies for the purpose of deploying broadband around the country can be used wholly for that purpose, rather than making their way back to the government through taxes.

FCC Issues NPRM on Robotexts

The FCC issued an NPRM proposing new rules to fight malicious robotext campaigns. The FCC proposes to require mobile wireless providers to block illegal text messages at the network level that purport to be from invalid, unallocated or unused numbers, and numbers on a Do-Not-Originate list. The FCC also seeks comment on:

  • The extent spoofing is a problem with regard to text messaging today and whether there are measures the FCC can take to encourage providers to identify and block texts that appear to come from spoofed numbers
  • Applying caller ID authentication standards to text messaging.

Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies are due 45 days after publication.

Status Updates on Equipment Replacement Program Due Oct. 13

The public notice on filing equipment replacement program status updates was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2022. The public notice reminded recipients in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program of their obligation to file status updates with the FCC every 90 days, beginning on the date the bureau approved their applications until the obligation to file expires. All initial status updates are due on October 13, 2022.

Bills Led By Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Pass Senate

Legislation led by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, passed the Senate unanimously last Wednesday:

  • The Small Business Broadband and Emerging Information Technology Enhancement Act, led by Sens. Shaheen and John Kennedy (R-La.), would improve programs operated by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address problems around the lack of broadband internet and other emerging information technology resources, and better assist small businesses in accessing and successfully adopting these tools.
  • The Small Business Cyber Training Act, led by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Shaheen, would require the Small Business Administration to establish a training program for small business development centers (SBDCs) to prepare counselors in cyber planning assistance. Specifically, the bill would require SBDCs to have employees certified in cyber strategy counseling for small businesses.
  • The One Stop Shop for Small Business Compliance Act, led by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Shaheen, would require the SBA to create a centralized website that houses compliance guides pertaining to federal regulations impacting small businesses. The House of Representatives passed a version of Shaheen and Cornyn’s bill earlier this year. Because of last week's action in the Senate, the bill will head to President Biden to be signed into law.
  • The Disaster Assistance for Rural Communities Act, led by Sens. Jim Risch (R-Id.) and Shaheen, would amend the SBA’s threshold for disaster declarations to allow the administrator to issue a disaster declaration for rural communities that have been included in a Presidential public assistance-only disaster declaration if the governor of the state has requested the declaration; and at least one homeowner, small business or nonprofit had significant damage.
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