VOL. 12, NO. 3
January 19, 2016


Windstream Expands Its 100G Network to NJFX's Meet-Me Room at Tata Communications' Cable Landing Station


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February 5
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February 26
Registration Opens Tomorrow for The 2016 Spring INCOMPAS Show

Registration opens tomorrow for The INCOMPAS Show (formerly COMPTEL PLUS), April 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Early bird rates last only until February 12. 

If you want to be where the action is, be sure to book your room at our host hotel, the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center. In order to qualify for our exclusive room rates, you must first be registered for The INCOMPAS Show.

Interested in Speaking? 
If so, we are now accepting speaker proposals. All proposals are due Monday, February 8.
INCOMPAS Thanks 2016 
Policy Summit Sponsors
The INCOMPAS 2016 Policy Summit - February 10-11 in Washington, D.C. - is the place where you can connect with communications and technology leaders and key officials from the FCC and Capitol Hill.

INCOMPAS would like to thank the sponsors of the 2016 Policy Summit:

Level 3

Granite Telecommunications

Hogan Lovells

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
FirsLight Fiber
TeleQuality Communications Inc.

Alpheus Communications LLC
CoastCom, Inc. 
Kansas Fiber Network

If your company is interested in sponsoring, please email Jenny Gilbert or Amanda Catanoso.

For more information, visit the  Policy Summit website.

INCOMPAS Joins Coalition in Calling for Changes to Video Market
Last week, INCOMPAS joined a collection of leading broadband associations and consumer advocates to call for changes in the video market. The coalition, called Networks for Competition and Choice, filed reply comments on January 14 with the FCC on the good faith principles by which retransmission consent agreements are negotiated. In the filing, the group encouraged the FCC to adopt retransmission consent reform as a way to mitigate consumer harm caused by increased prices, blackouts, and a lack of competitive retail video options.

Members of the coalition include INCOMPAS, ITTA, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association and Public Knowledge. Together they advocate for policies that highlight the link between high-speed broadband availability and affordable access to content. The Open Technology Institute at New America, which promotes policy and market solutions that support broadband adoption, competition, and affordability, also contributed to the reply comments.

"Consumers are desperate for more broadband competition," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering, "Removing roadblocks to video content would help new network builders bring faster more affordable networks to communities across the country."
House Hearing Examines Four Communications-Related Bills
On January 12, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a legislative hearing on four communications bills. Witnesses included Elizabeth Bowles, president and board chair of
Aristotle, Inc. testifying on behalf of Wireless Internet Service Providers Association; Harold Feld, senior vice president for Public Knowledge; and Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, now a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.

For details about the bills, written testimony and statements, and video of the hearing, visit the subcommittee website
Sponsorships Available for February Competitors' Reception
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) will host its Winter Committee Meetings will be held in Washington, DC from February 14-17. COMPTEL is planning to host a Competitors' Reception on February 13. Please note that the Competitors' Reception is not sponsored by NARUC nor is it a part of the meeting agenda. 

If your company would like to sponsor, or you have questions, please email Karen Reidy or call 202-296-6650.