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In Focus: Fall 2018

By Bill Hegmann, president and CEO

In my spring communication to you, I previewed our new method of distributing Access articles. Our process is now fully operational, and as an Access subscriber you should be receiving email alerts, either weekly or on-publish (your choice) when we release a new feature. I hope you are enjoying our enhanced delivery of timely information. 

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Midmonth filings provide members flexibility for rate adjustments

By Jennifer Leonard, senior director – Access Tariffs and Costs

Is your company looking for more rate flexibility to support your marketing strategies and boost demand? Beginning in early 2017, we have offered flexibility to our members to make monthly changes to their consumer broadband-only loop rates, Subscriber Line Charges and Access Recovery Charges, to the extent allowed by FCC rules. As a result, we have made midmonth tariff filings nearly every month since to accommodate monthly rate changes.

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Filed under September 2018, Tagged with FCC, Tariffs, USF Reform

Ethernet Transport Service rates reduced and realigned to fulfill customer needs

By Barbara Vrahnos, project manager – Access Technology and Planning

Our 2018/2019 Ethernet Transport Service rates add another component to your goal of meeting your customers’ needs. Four components of satisfying customer requirements are product, performance, price and promotion. 

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Filed under September 2018, Tagged with Broadband, Tariffs

Join the march of EXPO 2018 into New Orleans

By Val Kostenko, manager – IR Communications and Methods

The telecom industry continues its breakneck pace, with technology improvements and legislative changes becoming regular occurrences. We are gearing up to provide you with the latest news and information at EXPO 2018, November 4 through 7, in the Big Easy at the New Orleans Marriott.

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In Focus: Spring 2018

By Bill Hegmann, President and CEO

The calendar declares June 21 as the official start of the summer season, but we all know better; it started this week with the Memorial Day holiday. For good things we can’t wait to enjoy, why not start sooner and reap the benefits? More on that later.

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FCC orders yield updates for 2018 annual access tariff filing

By Jennifer Leonard, senior director - Access Tariffs and Costs

Several FCC orders and an Ethernet Transport Service rate realignment project are keeping NECA staff very busy as we prepare our upcoming annual access charge tariff filing.  This year’s filing on June 18 will continue to address and incorporate the effects of recent USF rate-of-return reform orders on access rates and universal service support. 

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Filed under May 2018, Tagged with FCC, Tariffs, USF Reform, Spring 2018

Rate band buy down options help members stay competitive

By Joe Prinzivalli, senior manager – Rate Development and Quantitative Analysis

Over the past few years, we have introduced tools to give members more flexibility to keep rates competitive in their markets. Rate banding, which was applied to special access rates starting in 2006, allows us to set a company’s rates closer to its costs.

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Filed under May 2018, Tagged with Pooling, Tariffs, Spring 2018

2018 tariff efforts to build on 2017 initiatives

By PJ Louis, director – Technology Planning and Implementation

Last year proved to be an active one for our interstate access tariff (F.C.C. No. 5), as we added or enhanced several services and began researching new tariff options. Before we review our 2017 offerings, let's look ahead to what we're planning for 2018.

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Filed under January 2018, Tagged with Tariffs, Winter 2018

Alphabet soup of telecom associations and task groups

By Barbara Vrahnos, project manager – Access Technology and Planning

It is clear we are in an acronym-driven industry. Many of the industry associations and task groups on which NECA employees participate carry their own unique handle: CIGRR, BIRRDS and LERG are a few of my favorites. Please allow me to familiarize you with this telecom alphabet soup.

 

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Effort reduces data reporting burden on members

By Tanja Curovic, senior director – Rates, Average Schedules and Advanced Analytics, and PJ Louis, director – Technology Planning & Implementation

Working with our members to provide effective tariff services and remain compliant with FCC regulations requires a great deal of current information. Among the key functions this data supports are: setting rates for the annual tariff filing, including determining Access Recovery Charges and CAF ICC Support; calculating demand for other NECA tariff services; and understanding the access services and technologies member companies are deploying to meet customer needs. We recognized we needed to do our part to reduce members' workload and the challenges associated with reporting this data. We formed a work group to identify areas where we could either eliminate or reduce the amount of data requested. 

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Filed under July 2017, Tagged with Data collections, Tariffs

In Focus: April 2017

By Bill Hegmann, President and CEO

Although 2017 is only one third complete, it sure feels we've already packed in activity to fill a full 12 months.

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2017 annual access tariff filing incorporates USF Reform Order

By Jennifer Leonard, senior director - Access Tariffs and Costs

The Tariff, Rates, Costs, Average Schedules and Technology group is fully involved in the preparation and filing of NECA's annual access charge tariff in June. In this year's filing, we will continue to address and incorporate the effects of the March 30, 2016 USF Rate-of-Return Reform Order on access rates and universal service support.

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Filed under April 2017, Tagged with Tariffs

2017 tariff efforts to build on 2016 initiatives

By PJ Louis, Director – Technology Planning & Implementation

Last year proved to be an active one for our interstate access tariff (F.C.C. No.  5), as we added or enhanced several services. Before we review our 2016 offerings, let's look ahead to what we're planning for 2017.

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Filed under January 2017, Tagged with Tariffs


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