Telecommunications 101

Location:
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3667 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89019
(Map)
Fall Session:
Sep 16, 2019, 1:00 PM to Sep 18, 2019, 4:00 PM PST
Credits:
20
Price:
$1,340 per person. Hotel accommodations are not included.

Telecommunications 101 is an industry-orientation course with an accounting and finance focus. Attendees will learn the following skills:

  • Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules, how to follow them, and how to address higher risk and problematic compliance areas noted in financial and regulatory audits
  • Workings of the revenue accounting cycle
  • Strategies for streamlining the accounting process

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for accountants, auditors, clerks, and other finance professionals working for independent commercial or cooperate carriers and who have fewer than two years of telecommunications work experience. More experienced professionals looking for an industry refresher will also find value in this course.

What You'll Learn

  • Industry basics. A history of the telecommunications industry, including an overview of the telephone network, services by typical modern, diversified carriers, and definitions of terminology used in day-to-day operations.
  • Part 32 accounting systems. The FCC rules, how to follow them, how to address higher-risk and problematic compliance areas noted in financial and regulatory audits.
  • Revenue accounting cycle. An overview of the accounting cycle for revenue billed to end users and carriers, the cost study process and National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) settlements, and Universal Service Support.
  • Basics of regulation. The different roles played by the FCC, Universal Service Administrative Company, various state commissions, and NECA; an overview of Universal Service, key provisions of the Telecommunications Act, the National Broadband Plan, and an update on pending intermarried compensation and Universal Service reform.
  • Best practices. Strategies for streamlining the accounting process, increasing settlements and universal services support revenue within the framework of FCC regulations, and adopting proven methods for addressing common challenges related to regulatory compliance.

Dates and Times: Monday-Wednesday, Septemer 16-18, 2019

  • Day 1: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Day 2: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Day 3: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Additional Information

Sessions

  • Sep 16, 2019, 1:00 PM to Sep 18, 2019, 4:00 PM PST
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Speakers

Gregg Amend, CPA, Partner, Moss Adams

Gregg has specialized in the telecommunications industry since 1997. He is primarily responsible for overseeing audits of rural ILECs, CLECs, wireless carriers, internet providers, broadband voice and data transport companies and other telecommunications service providers throughout the United States and in Canada.

Chad Holzer, CPA, Senior Manager, Moss Adams

Chad has specialized in telecommunications since 2011. He focuses on separations and regulatory work and manages consulting and cost study engagements. His clients are primarily rural incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs, which are cost companies), rural cooperatives and corporations (which are cost pooling), rate-of-return rural ILECs, and midsize price-cap companies. Among the services he provides are cost study preparations and reviews, Universal Service Fund settlement studies, carrier access billing system and revenue assurance reviews, and the development of continuing property records.

CPE Information

Program Level:
Overview
Credits:
Accounting: 20
Delivery Method:
Classroom
Learning Objectives:

After completing this training, participants will be able to identify the FCC rules, how to follow them, and how to address higher risk and problematic compliance areas noted in financial and regulatory audits; describe the workings of the revenue accounting cycle; and develop strategies for streamlining the accounting process.

Prerequisites:

None

Target Audience:

Controllers; Individuals; Internal Accountants

Refund Policy:

For more information about administrative policies regarding CPE, refunds or complaints, please contact meetings@mossadams.com.

Moss Adams is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.