VOL. 12, NO. 10
March 7, 2016



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March 30
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April 19
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INCOMPAS Board Elections Scheduled for Monday, April 11
The elections for the INCOMPAS Board of Directors will take place at The INCOMPAS Show at the Gaylord National on Monday, April 11, at 1 p.m. The ballot with the nominees by membership category will be provided to a representative for each eligible voting member company. Ballots will be sent via email by Jenny Gilbert. For those voting members unable to attend The INCOMPAS Show, there will be an opportunity to submit an absentee ballot. Please email Jenny Gilbert if you have questions.
The INCOMPAS Show Kicks Off with AT&T and the Taste of D.C.

Opening night of The INCOMPAS Show will be one you won't want to miss. On Sunday, April 10, the show will kick off with an interview with Meredith Caram, executive director of Strategic Reach at AT&T Partner Exchange at 5:30 p.m. in the Expo Hall, followed by the Taste of D.C. Welcome Reception sponsored by AT&T. There's no better way to begin your INCOMPAS Show experience than with a great night of eating, drinking and engaging with peers, exhibitors and customers.

After an eventful Sunday night, The INCOMPAS Show will continue with two days of exciting keynote speakers, thought-provoking education, nearly 20 hours of Deal Center time, and, of course, non-stop deal-making. It all comes to a close the evening of Tuesday, April 12, at our mouth-watering Backyard BBQ Reception.

Time is Running Out to be Part of the Action
Register today and make your hotel reservations by tomorrow - Tuesday, March 8 - and save $80 per night with the INCOMPAS preferred room rate! You must be registered for The INCOMPAS Show to qualify. 
MOBILE NOW Act Advances in Senate Commerce Committee
On March 3, the Senate Commerce Committee advanced the  MOBILE NOW Act, sponsored by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), which is designed to spur expansion of the nation's communications capacity and infrastructure. Also advancing in the mark-up was a bipartisan agreement on "dig once" policies to spur broadband infrastructure deployment.

"We applaud Sens. Thune and Nelson in moving the Mobile Now act to encourage the growth of 5G and the overall expansion of wireless broadband. As the bill seeks to streamline siting of communications facilities on federal lands, it is important to note that reducing barriers to deploying a robust wireline network is also a vital component in fulfilling the promise of 5G; a key reason why policies like 'dig once' are so critical. We are grateful for Sen. Klobuchar's leadership on this issue and for Senators Thune and Nelson's efforts in crafting the bipartisan agreement reached today," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering.

"Communities around the nation are pleading for faster broadband, more competition and more networks," he added. "As competitive new entrants continue to deploy additional fiber networks it is imperative that public policy seeks to reduce all barriers to these deployments. In addition to policies such as 'dig once' for conduits; other polices like 'one touch make ready' for pole attachments are equally critical for reducing the cost and time of broadband deployment and we look forward to working with Congress on this issue as well."
Senators Introduce IoT Bill
On March 1, Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced bipartisan legislation addressing the future impact of new technology known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The bill, known as the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act builds upon the senators' resolution, which called for a national strategy on the IoT.