Vol. 17, No. 37
September 20, 2021
Sept. 22 Webinar to Examine Opportunities for
Service Providers to Expand their Business
When faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, telecom service providers rose to the occasion, delivering the solutions that kept us connected. It's no understatement to say that the past 18 months have forever changed the way we do business, shop, learn and communicate. As we move forward, challenges still persist, but there are tremendous opportunities for service providers to expand their business as the nation moves toward universal access to broadband.
During this month’s Member Spotlight webinar, taking place on September 22 at 2 p.m. ET, Patrick Elliott, vice president of Marketing at Rev.io (pictured above), will share insights about this new environment and offer strategies on how the service provider community can set the stage for their success by:

  • Exploring the convergence of telecom and managed services
  • Utilizing automation to address with the disrupted labor market
  • Maximizing valuation to leverage the hot M&A market
  • Modernizing their platform, and implications for billing
Sept. 22 Deadline: Telecom Network Executive Survey
2021 marks the Telecom Act’s 25th anniversary and 40 years since the founding of INCOMPAS. To celebrate the enduring legacy of competition underpinning these milestones, the Executive Breakfast Program at The 2021 INCOMPAS Show will explore the top challenges facing today’s telecom network executives.

INCOMPAS and member company Axcent Networks want to hear from you as we develop this session. Take our leadership survey by Wednesday, September 22, and let us know what's keeping you awake at night.
Survey results will be revealed later in September and be the basis for our discussion during the Executive Breakfast Program: Top Telecom Network Executives Challenges session taking place on October 26 during The 2021 INCOMPAS Show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The session will feature a panel of industry leaders, who will explore these common challenges, break down the underlying dynamics, and share best practices, anecdotes and case studies highlighting the different ways some of our member companies are dealing with these challenges. We’ll also save time for an open forum and Q&A at the end.

This program is just the start of a deeper look we'll take into the issues impacting providers. In the months following The 2021 INCOMPAS Show, we will host a series of virtual panels to explore additional challenges identified in the survey. These monthly virtual sessions will be free, open to all and archived for on-demand viewing.

All registered 2021 INCOMPAS Show participants and virtual event attendees will receive a summary of the survey results and study findings, which will help arm them with solutions to common challenges.
NTIA Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program
Webinars Scheduled for September 22 and 23
This week, join the NTIA team to learn more about the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, which will direct $268 million for expanding broadband access and connectivity to eligible Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), minority-serving institutions (MSIs), and consortia led by an HBCU, TCU, or MSI that also include a minority business enterprise or tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Informative webinars will be this Wednesday, September 22, and Thursday, September 23. The NTIA grants team will share information about top issues and questions from potential applicants, important reminders about preparing your application. The core material will be repeated on both days, but NTIA staff will host a live Q&A session for attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.
FCC to Hold Equipment Reimbursement Program Webinar
The FCC will hold a public webinar on the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement program on September 27, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The webinar will provide an overview of the reimbursement program, provider eligibility information and application procedures for participating parties. The FCC will also discuss the online portal for filing application requests for funding allocation, the user guide for parties participating in the reimbursement program and the outreach tool kit materials.
Senate Schedules Cyber Security Hearing for Sept. 23
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a full committee hearing - National Cybersecurity Strategy: Protection of Federal and Critical Infrastructure Systems - for next Thursday, Sept. 23 at 10:15 a.m. ET.
Bicameral Bill Debuts to Establish Device Voucher Program
Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) introduced the Device Access for Every American Act to ensure more Americans can afford connected devices. The bicameral legislation would authorize the FCC to establish a program to administer up to $400 vouchers for low-income Americans to purchase laptops, tablets and desktop computers. Millions of households across the nation lack access to connected devices. While computer access is nearly ubiquitous amongst high-income households, 40% of low-income adults lack a desktop or laptop computer. Additionally, 4.4 million households with students lack consistent access to a computer.

The Device Access for Every American Act would:
  • Allocate $5 billion in federal funding for establishment and implementation of the voucher program
  • Create a $400 device voucher for low-income Americans to purchase connected devices like laptops, tablets, and desktop computers
  • Permit low-income households to receive up to two vouchers for eligible individuals so families can receive multiple devices
  • Require the FCC to establish minimum standards for connected devices, including both new and refurbished devices
  • Direct the FCC to collaborate with retailers, eligible individuals, and community-based organizations participating in the program to help individuals navigate and advertise the program to potential enrollees