Vol. 18, No. 37

September 6, 2022



Bluebird Network


October 24-26, 2022


C Spire Launches Inflation Retaliation, Providing Relief During Tough Times

FirstLight Achieves Network Expansion Milestone in Pennsylvania

Teleplex and Tarana Introduce Next-Generation Fixed Wireless Access in Malaysia to Connect Unserved Communities




Goalposts Moving on Broadband Competition

Fierce Telecom

How Many Fiber Players is Too Many for One Market?

ILECS, Utilities Take on the World in FCC Pole Attachment Debate


September 9

Reply Comments Due on Midcontinent Petition for Declaratory Ruling Concerning Qualifications for Obtaining Local Interconnection Under Section 251(a) of the Communications Act

September 16

Reply Comments Due on Extending Robocall Mitigation and Call Authentication Requirements

September 21

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

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 Show Women in Tech Breakfast to Focus on Importance of Mentors and Sponsors

The Women in Tech networking event is back by popular demand at The 2022 INCOMPAS Show.

On Tuesday, October 25, jumpstart your morning with breakfast and a lively discussion about the importance of having both mentors and sponsors at work, sponsored by FirstLight Fiber.  

Leading by Example:

The Crucial Role of

Mentors and Sponsors 

Getting guidance to help develop a successful and satisfying career can be a challenge when doing it on your own. It's even harder when leaders do not notice your potential. Featuring female executives from across the communications industry, the Women in Tech session will:

  • Explore the importance of mentors and sponsors to advancing your career
  • Explain the differences between the two
  • Share tips on how to find mentors and sponsors
  • Discuss why company leaders should consider taking on mentorship or sponsorship roles to support advancement of women in the workplace

All INCOMPAS Show attendees are invited to join us for this informational and inspiring session. Register now and reserve your spot!

INCOMPAS Files Replies in FCC Pole Attachment Proceeding

INCOMPAS recently filed reply comments with the FCC in its proceeding on resolving disputes over pole replacement costs. 

The INCOMPAS filing highlights the need to support the goals of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act by streamlining deployment of faster, advanced broadband networks that connect local communities and save them money at the same time.

“Millions of American families and small businesses are looking to the FCC to ensure more broadband competition, faster speeds and lower prices," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. "The FCC can check all those boxes with common sense pole access reform that streamlines the deployment process for new network builders looking to provide next-generation services to communities across the nation. At the same time, the Commission can ease the burden on competitors and new entrants by recognizing the direct benefit pole owners receive from pole replacement and modifying its rules to more fairly allocate replacement costs."

The INCOMPAS filing stresses that changes to pole attachment and pole replacement are sorely needed. With tens of billions in federal broadband funding becoming available, INCOMPAS believes the FCC should act now to remove this deployment barrier.

The comments also highlight the introduction of several alternative pole replacement cost methodologies into the record that more accurately reflect the direct benefit pole owners receive and the costs for which new attachers should be responsible. INCOMPAS supports these methodologies, specifically Crown Castle's, and urges the FCC to issue new transparency rules to lessen disputes that slow the deployment of new networks.

FCC Technological Advisory Council to Meet September 15

The next meeting of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) will be held on Thursday, September 15 at 10 a.m. EDT, via video conference. It will be available to the public via the Internet at www.fcc.gov/live.

The TAC, comprised of a diverse group of leading technology experts, provides technical expertise to the FCC to identify important areas of innovation and develop informed technology policies supporting the United States’ competitiveness in the global economy. As part of its current charter, the TAC will continue to consider and advise the FCC on topics such as 6G, artificial intelligence, advanced spectrum sharing technologies, and emerging wireless technologies, including new tools to restore Internet access during shutdowns and other disruptions.

Sen. Bennet Touts Bipartisan Efforts to Expand

Broadband Access and Close the Digital Divide 

Last week at the annual National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) conference in Denver, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) highlighted the progress Congress has made to expand access to high-speed, affordable broadband and close the digital divide. Last year, Bennet introduced the bipartisan Broadband Reform and Investment to Drive Growth in the Economy (BRIDGE) Act with Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Angus King (I-Maine), which was incorporated into the bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make the single largest investment in broadband in history.


“I am convinced that high-speed broadband is as important to America’s competitiveness today as rural electrification was in the 1930s, or the interstate highway system was in the 1950s,” Bennet said in his remarks. “It would be inconceivable to imagine our country today if our parents and grandparents hadn’t made those investments for our benefit. And if we rise to the moment, our kids and grandkids are going to look back 30 years from now, or 60 years from now, and say the same thing about our work to ensure that every American, no matter where they live, has access to affordable, high-speed broadband.”

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