Vol. 18, No. 40

September 26, 2022

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 3

2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

Morgan Lewis Webinar: 

Working With USAC

October 24-26

WEBINAR

ON-DEMAND

If you missed last week's Accelerating Broadband Deployment with Next-Gen Fixed Wireless webinar, featuring Tarana CEO

Basil Alwan you can catch a replay on the INCOMPAS YouTube channel


To learn more about

Tarana, download this Executive Summary.


To be among the first to hear about Tarana’s upcoming product announcement – register to watch the “Digital Multiply” event livestream Tuesday, September 27,

at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.

MEMBER NEWS


Consolidated Communications Lit Up Fiber Service for 41,000 Additional Homes in Maine, Increasing Fiber Availability in the State by 50%


Conterra Networks Selects CDG’s BSS/OSS Solutions


Granite Surpasses Annual Revenue Goal of $1.8 Billion


Dani Carter Promoted to INDATEL National Account Manager


Stonepeak to Acquire Safety Business from Intrado


Nextlink and Tarana Partner to Bring Competition to 11 States


Zayo Group Appoints Bill Long as Chief Product Officer


Zayo Customer Pac-12 Wins IDC Future of Digital Infrastructure North America Award

COMMENT DEADLINES


October 3

Reply Comments Due on Access Stimulation FNPRM


Comments Due on TRACED Act Obligations on Caller Authentication 


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 

INCOMPAS Welcomes

Diversity of New Members

INCOMPAS continues to grow with the addition of new broadband and wireless network builders, providers of integrated communications and cloud services for business, and industry-leading vendors of products and services for the telecommunications and technology sectors to its membership ranks.

 

“INCOMPAS is growing, thriving and competing,” INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering said in a press release. “Over the past year we have continued to welcome new members to the association. These companies build on and reflect the diversity of our membership and represent our ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to deployment and service solutions that help bring broadband internet connectivity to every American family and business.”

 

INCOMPAS’s newest members include service providers, vendor and wholesale partners, and data centers.

 

Service provider members, which are active in both policy advocacy and business development activities through the association, include:


Other categories of new members, which engage in business opportunities by providing products, services and solutions to the competitive communications sector, include:


JMA Wireless to Join INCOMPAS Board of Directors

The INCOMPAS Board of Directors also appointed JMA Wireless to serve a two-year term, ending 2024. JMA Wireless will be represented by Brett Haan, an advisor to the company.

 

“It is a very exciting time for the industry and for our association. I am incredibly proud of what the association and our members have accomplished over the past year,” said Michael B. Galvin, INCOMPAS Board Chair and Chief Administrative Officer for Granite Telecommunications, LLC. “On behalf of the INCOMPAS Board of Directors, we look forward to working with our new members to drive greater competition and innovation into the marketplace. We are also honored to have Brett and JMA Wireless join us on the board to help lead these efforts.”

INCOMPAS Show Pre-Conference Policy Workshop to Explore

Key Federal and State Issues

What happens in Washington, D.C., and the states can have a significant impact on your business – from who's in leadership to the competitiveness of the marketplace.


All attendees are welcome to learn more about hot policy topics during the pre-conference Policy Workshop, being held in Denver on Sunday, October 23, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. before The 2022 INCOMPAS Show, which takes place October 24-26.


Join us to learn about the implications of current and future actions from the experts during our pre-conference Policy Workshop. Sessions include:


  • Overview of Key FCC Decisions in 2022 - Even with a 2-2 Commission, the FCC has moved many items so far in 2022. This session will review key orders and highlight the impact on communications and broadband providers. Led by Hank Kelly and Chip Yorkgitis, partners at Kelley Drye & Warren.
  • Polygons, Propagation and the Fabric: What Providers Need to Know about Federal Broadband Data Collection - This session will review Broadband Data Collection (BDC) requirements, what to expect from the process, and projected timing of when maps will be ready for the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program funding. Learn what the FCC’s BDC means for your company. Led by Carey Roesel, vice president and consultant for Inteserra.
  • Competition in Multi-Tenant Environments (MTEs) - For more than two decades, the FCC has wrestled with rules to promote deployment of broadband technologies in apartment buildings and other MTEs, while also encouraging competition for service to tenants. Earlier this year, one of the first items moved by the FCC Chair was a revision to rules promoting competition in MTEs. This session will discuss the FCC MTE order, how we got here and how effectively the order lives up to its promise, and provide a guide to the new rules of the road in MTEs. We'll also look at what the order means for service providers striking new arrangements and for existing arrangements that include revenue sharing and/or cooperative marketing provisions. Led by Steve Augustino, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
  • Trends in State and Local Government - State and local governments have always played a major role in the roll out of broadband networks, and with the incoming federal funding from the IIJA that role is quickly increasing. Join us for a discussion of current and future issues and trends in state and local government for deploying broadband infrastructure. Led by Alan G. Poole, partner at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP.


Workshop Open to All Registered Attendees

The pre-conference Policy Workshop is open to all registered attendees at no additional cost. After the workshop, start your networking at the Welcome Happy Hour, sponsored by ZenFi Networks, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at BEZEL Bar in the Sheraton Downtown Denver. 

REGISTER

INCOMPAS Member Profile: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

With one of the largest telecommunications, media and technology practices in the world, composed of more than 25 lawyers and professionals, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has played a pivotal role in nearly every significant development in the communications industry over the last 30 years, in United States and internationally. By authoring seminal proposals and developing groundbreaking legal strategies, the firm has not only met its clients’ needs, but in some cases also opened new markets or changed the way telecommunications services and wireless-spectrum and internet-based technologies are regulated worldwide. 


Visit the INCOMPAS website to learn more about Morgan Lewis.


For more information on submitting a member profile, or updating an existing one, email Gail Norris or call 240-477-4554.

NTIA Launches Updated Federal Broadband Funding Site

NTIA released an update this week to its BroadbandUSA’s Federal Funding site, which serves as a comprehensive, “one-stop shop” of resources for potential applicants seeking federal broadband funding. 


The site connects you to funding opportunities that support broadband planning, digital inclusion and deployment projects. The site includes broadband funding opportunities and information on more than 80 federal programs across 14 federal agencies. Programs include funding opportunities for high-speed internet-related activities such as planning, infrastructure deployment, and digital inclusion. The site allows you to filter programs by agency, department, eligible recipients, and/or program purpose.Other resources included in the Federal Funding site can also be downloaded as searchable databasedownloadable spreadsheet and PDF, as well as an Interactive Guide.

BDC Technical Assistance Workshop This Wednesday,

September 28 on Filing Bulk Fabric Challenge Data

The FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force will be holding an online Technical Assistance Workshop on Wednesday, September 28, at 4 p.m. ET to assist state, local and Tribal governments; service providers; and other entities who plan to file bulk challenges to data in the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric, which serves as the foundation for the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) fixed availability maps. The workshop will review how to open and work with the Fabric dataset and will also demonstrate possible approaches to identifying missing or mislabeled locations in the Fabric data set.


To participate in the workshop, interested parties should register to attend. Questions about bulk challenges to the Fabric data may be submitted in advance of and during the workshop to BDCwebinar@fcc.gov.

Middle Mile Grant Applications Due This Friday, September 30

All applications for grants related to the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program are due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 30, 2022. Please ensure that your organization has completed all necessary steps in the application process as outlined in the Middle Mile Application Guidance Package before next Friday’s deadline for your application to be considered. NTIA encourages you to sign in and start your application early.

Senators Introduce Bill to Fund Equipment Replacement

Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill that would auction spectrum and authorize the FCC to borrow funds (not exceeding $3.7 billion) from the Treasury, to be repaid out of auction proceeds, to ensure rural communications providers have the resources to replace communications equipment and services to protect their networks.

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