VOL. 12, NO. 32
August 15, 2016

September 14, 2016
1 p.m. ET

October 23-25, 2016


Buyers Forum to Debut at
The INCOMPAS Show (October 23-25 in Dallas) is launching a new program this fall: The Buyers Forum, designed to bring together vendors with key buyers at service providers of all sizes.

The Buyers Forum, which will take place Monday, October 24, kicks off with a panel discussion "Keeping Pace with Technology: Planning For and Predicting Network Needs and Trends," featuring Adam Koeppe, vice president, Technology Planning at Verizon Wireless; Frank Rey, director, Global Network Acquisition Group at Microsoft; and Hichem Garnaoui, director at Google Fiber Networks.

Immediately following the panel discussion, buyers and sellers have the opportunity network during the Beers with Peers reception in the exhibit hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. During that reception, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. is the Buyers Power Hour, which will give vendors the opportunity to have dedicated, scheduled, one-on-one meetings with top industry buyers.

For more information on the Buyers Forum, email Amanda Darvill or call 202-367-2302.

Have You Registered Yet? 
Register by September 2 and if you're one of the first 400 people you will receive the discounted early registration rate. 

Bringing A Group?  Check Out New Pricing Options
New this show, INCOMPAS is offering special group pricing rates. For more information, email Sam Reardon
INCOMPAS/Verizon Release Third BDS Compromise Paper 
On August 9, just before the FCC's business data service (BDS) reply comment deadline, Verizon and INCOMPAS released the third document in their historic compromise agreement to reform the broken business data marketplace in favor of a future forward, technology neutral solution.

The first INCOMPAS/Verizon paper offered principles; the second structure; and today's release delivers specifics and substance to help guide the FCC's BDS, or special access, proceeding.

The latest filing details a "competition test" that evaluates the market based on the number of facilities-based providers with connections in a census block or adjacent census block. It also includes mechanisms that will cut broadband prices for businesses, schools, libraries and hospitals as a remedy for a decade of non-market-based pricing. 

INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering said, "The INCOMPAS/Verizon agreement is historic and rare. It not only unites a leading incumbent provider and the competitive community, it has garnered support from consumer groups and nearly every corner of the wired, wireless and international broadband economy. Our compromise offers a simple, technology-neutral solution that will right the wrongs of the past and place our nation on a better path for a future of unparalleled innovation and investment."

"Compromise is never easy, but we have worked together diligently to forge a solution that is sound, balanced and simple," he added. "We urge the Commission to act with great speed, ending a decade-long delay. This reform will accelerate investment in new fiber and 5G deployments. Unleashing the future of competition for business customers, schools, libraries and hospitals will bring lower prices, more choices and faster speeds for all Americans." 

INCOMPAS also referenced this plan in its reply comments filed August 10 in the BDS proceeding
Member Profile: 
Equinox Information Systems
Equinox Information Systems was founded in 1986 on a simple, yet clearly-defined vision: to be a great place to work and always do the right thing for our employees and customers. The company focuses on providing exceptional service and fostering long-term relationships with its customers at all times. And this philosophy has stood the test of time - Equinox has shown a profit for 29 consecutive years, average employee tenure is more than 15 years and it has served over 350 companies. 

Visit the INCOMPAS website to learn more about Equinox Information Systems

For more information on submitting a member profile, or updating an existing one, email Natalie DeHart or call 202-296-6650.