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CalCom Legislative Day

CalCom had a very successful Legislative Day on March 12, 2014.  There was great participation from CalCom member companies.  The day started at 9:00 a.m. at the offices of Yolanda Benson at Government Strategies after which we started our day with a 10:00 a.m. meeting with Assemblyman Steven Bradford.  This began a full day of meetings with Legislators.   In one day, we met with over 22 legislative offices and had two, and sometimes three, teams of CalCom members meeting with the various offices.

The targeted legislators were members who are chairs and members of the Assembly and Senate Committees that will be hearing our issues, including the bills listed below.  This was a great opportunity to work on passage of AB 1693 (see below) which at the time of our Legislative Day had not yet been heard.  CalCom also highlighted the CHCF-A Fund Extension bill, SB 1364 (see below) as well as issues like VOIP, ASF and other broader issues impacting our companies.

Our priority during these meetings was to tell the story of who and what CalCom is and to provide a glimpse into our member companies and the communities we serve.  The legislative discussions included:

  • AB 1693 (Perea) -  the bill that would require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to issue a decision on the General Rate Case of a small telephone corporation within 330 days of the application filing.  If no decision is made by CPUC by the 330th day, the rate case application would be deemed approved.
    • Update:  This bill was heard on March 24 in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee.  It passed out of committee on a 15-0 vote.
  • SB 1364 (Fuller) – the bill that would extend the California High Cost Fund (CHCF) A and B program for four years until January 1, 2019.
    • This bill will be heard on April 1, 2014 in Senate Energy, Utilities and Commerce Committee.  As of today, we have not identified any opposition.
  • AB 1601 (Stone) –  this bill deals with the protection of confidential information depending on the CPUC’s interpretation of the current exemptions listed under the Public Records Act or an order by the CPUC designating specific categories of info as confidential.
    • Update:  This bill was opposed by CalCom and other telecommunications and utilities- the bill was pulled from hearing by the author.

The reception held later in the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mayahuel was extremely well attended and many of our industry partners, like the Cable Association, Technology groups like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, TechNet, TechAmerica, AT&T, Verizon, joined us as well as numerous Legislators.

To describe the Legislative Day as success is not a sufficient description to illustrate the impact we made at the State Capitol.   Thank you again for everyone who attended.  We hope to have all companies involved again next year.

Written by:  Yolanda Benson, Government Strategies (CalCom Lobbyist)

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2014 Tech Expo Wrap-Up

Thank you for attending the 2014 CalCom Showcase & Tech Expo!

CalCom members showcased the latest in technology and communications products and services on the market, and celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the event (1984-2014).  The expo hall boasted over 70 exhibiting companies, industry experts presented twelve educational sessions, and the networking opportunities were plentiful.

A special thank you to Kathy Rea, for capturing these moments during the CalCom Canvasback Classic Golf Tournament and inside the Expo Hall.

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2014 Showcase & Tech Expo

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 CalCom would like to thank our generous Tech Expo Sponsors! 

Tech Expo Sponsors:

  • American Polywater
  • Cordell, Inc.
  • Ducor Telephone
  • Fiber Optic Supply, Inc.
  • Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Graybar
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • MP Nexlevel
  • NRTC
  • Prysmian Group
  • Sierra Telephone
  • TE Connectivity
  • TeleSphere Software
  • UNITEL Insurance
  • Walker and Associates, Inc.

Golf Sponsors:

  • American Power Systems
  • Calix
  • Ditch Witch Equipment Co., Inc.
  • EnerSys
  • Graybar
  • KLW Co.
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • MP Nexlevel
  • NISC
  • Power & Tel
  • PUPCO, Inc.
  • Superior Essex
  • The Lindeberg Group
  • UNITEL Insurance

2013 Annual Conf. & Network Evolution Seminar Wrap-Up

Thank you for attending the 2013 CalCom Annual Conference & Network Evolution Seminar!

To all who joined us in South Lake Tahoe for the CalCom Annual Conference…we’d like to say THANK YOU! Our members always manage to come together, snow or shine to have a good time!

Mother Nature helped kick off our show with a bang, by gifting us with the first snowfall of the season! It was a generous way to welcome us to Tahoe.…unless you were traveling that night like Sara Hughes with GENBAND! She had the most treacherous adventure from Texas to Tahoe out of anyone…we hope your travels home were not as eventful Sara! Some of you made the most of the unpredictable weather, like Bill Harder from Volcano Telephone taking a moment to make a snow angel outside of the hotel!Bill Harder snow angel

All and all, the weather didn’t slow us down. We had a jam-packed agenda full of education and networking opportunities. We heard first-hand about the future of the FirstNet emergency network and how rural communication providers can get involved with the state. CalCom, and our members would like to initiate a partnership with this program to help strengthen the opportunities we have to get involved. We will share more information with our members as this program rolls out.  We also received an update from Western Telecom Alliance on policy matters at the FCC level, along with an update from the California Public Utilities Commission, Senior Analyst regarding the CASF Grant that is underway. Our keynote speakers, along with the breakout session speakers provided a variety of topics and expertise throughout the four days.

The Annual Awards Dinner was well attended and all recipients were present to accept their recognition and award. Some of our awards were kept a secret, so we’d like to give a special thank you to those companies who helped organize behind the scenes to make sure the awardees were in attendance that night! A special thank you to Moss Adams LLP and Cal-Ore Telephone Co. for keeping a secret!

We would like to congratulate all of the award recipients that were recognized at the Awards Dinner with a heart-felt earnest hand shake from a very convincing Mark Twain impressionist:

Kelsey Conklin- Scholarship recipient
Shelby Lofy- Scholarship recipient
Volcano Telephone- Fleet Safety Award
Sebastian- Fleet Safety Award
Volcano Telephone- Occupational Safety Award
SureWest, a Consolidated Communications Co.- Occupational Safety Award
Russell H. Young, Sebastian- Driver of the Year
Robyn Husmann, Sebastian- Community Spirit Award
Bob Hensley, Cal-Ore Telephone Co.- Industry Leadership Award
Lorrie Bernstein, Moss Adams LLP- Industry Leadership Award

We are pleased to report that we raised over $1,700 for the Robert Ringman Scholarship Fund from the Silent Auction. Thank you for all of the generous gift donations from individuals and companies, and to those of you who bid on items. It exceeded our expectations, and proved to be a successful addition to the conference. We look forward to helping more students continue their college education in the future by providing them with financial assistance from the RRSF.

We’d like to thank the following members for their hard work planning this year’s conference:

Mike Zaccagni, American Power Systems
Kim Lindeberg, The Lindeberg Group
Linda Lupton, SureWest, a Consolidated Communications Co.
Terry Hammond, Sierra Telephone
Helen Woosley, EnerSys

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of any of the presentations you saw during the conference, please contact the CalCom office and we’d be happy to assist you.

We’d appreciate your feedback:

A conference survey is available for you to jot down some comments about your experience during the conference CalCom Conference survey. We use your feedback to improve upon future events, so please share your thoughts with us. You may email, fax or mail your survey back to the CalCom office.

Email: mariann@calcomassn.org
Fax: (916)922-3648
Mail: 1329 Howe Ave, Suite 216
Sacramento, CA 95825

2013 Annual Conference & Network Evolution Seminar

A big “Thank you” to our generous 2013 Annual Conference & Network Evolution Seminar Sponsors listed below:

Conference Sponsors:

Calaveras Telephone
Cal-Ore Telephone Co.
Cooper, White & Cooper LLP
Cyan, Inc.
Ducor Telephone
Kiesling Associates
MP Nexlevel
Ponderosa Telephone
SureWest, a Consolidated Communications Co.

Associate Member Tabletop Sponsors:

American Power Systems
BTI Systems
Fujitsu Network Communications
Moss Adams LLP
Mutual of America

Network Evolution Seminar Sponsors:

Mid-State Consultants, Inc.