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Lifeline Supported Services Minimum Standards New standards take effect December 1,  2020. On July 31, 2020, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the new Lifeline Minimum Standards that will take effect on December 1, 2020: Fixed Broadband: 25/3 Mbps with 1024 GB of usage per month Exception: If 25/3 Mbps is unavailable at the...Read More >

TRS Fund Modifications Contributions will be modified for 2020-2021 fund year. The FCC released a Report and Order in November 2019 to broaden the support mechanism for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) and reduce the current burden put on Interstate Telecommunications providers. The FCC launched IP CTS many years ago with an interim...Read More >

Performance Measures Module The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has developed a Performance Measures Module (PMM), which will be the reporting system used for performance measures testing. The PMM will: Allow carriers to differentiate HUBB reported locations as actively served vs. not actively served. Allow USAC to select a random sampling of actively served locations...Read More >

CARES Act: COVID-19 Funding Assistance Measures The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life and business operations, creating additional urgent demand for reliable broadband networks while causing financial hardships for many. On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law in an effort to help meet...Read More >

Data Collection Extension On April 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a 30-day extension for Supply Chain Data Collection in DA 20-370, making the new due date May 22, 2020. All Universal Service Fund (USF) recipients that were eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) as of December 31, 2019 must respond to the mandatory FCC...Read More >

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Robert Bengel, Director of Customer Relations, has announced his decision to retire effective June 12, 2020. Robert served the Southwest region of the United States for Vantage Point Solutions. His career spanned the industry and the country, having worked with clients on data services, business analysis, OC-12/48/192 long haul equipment, PBX equipment, billing and OSS/GIS,...Read More >

Paxton will serve clients in the Southeast following the retirement of his father, Farley Davis. Vantage Point Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of Paxton Davis to the Customer Relations team. Paxton will work remotely from Greeneville, South Carolina, assisting telecom and broadband providers in the Southeastern region of the United States following the...Read More >

Thank you for the fun, inspiring years, Farley! In a bittersweet announcement, Vantage Point is pleased to congratulate Farley Davis on his retirement. After decades serving the telecom/broadband industry, including 8 with Vantage Point, Farley is moving on to his next chapter: spending time with his wife and family, and enjoying golf, travel, and fishing....Read More >

Vantage Point is pleased to share that Lee Jager, Integration Services Manager, has been honored with the Service Member Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Patriot award recognizes individual supervisors for support provided to a nominating Service member and his or her family. The award reflects efforts made...Read More >

Two industry leaders combine nearly 70 years of experience, more than 350 staff, and 7 office locations. Vantage Point Solutions and GVNW Consulting are pleased to announce their merger. The two companies combine nearly 70 years of experience, more than 350 staff, and 7 office locations. “GVNW’s leadership and experience has been an asset to...Read More >

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