Join us for a Webinar: 2016 MTA Legislative Session Preview
The 2016 Legislative Session begins March 8, 2016. This is a very short session with the complication of having the Capitol closed. This is your opportunity to get a preview of legislative issues affecting telecom and status of MTA sponsored bills. You will also get a brief description of the process bills have to follow to become law in Minnesota.
Presented by: Brent J. Christensen, President/CEO of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance and Mike Ahern
Brent J. Christensen is the President/CEO of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance. He is responsible for administration and operation of a state trade association that represents 44 independent telecommunications companies, over 40 affiliate telecommunications companies, and over 180 associate members. Christensen advocates on behalf of MTA members at the state and federal levels. He has testified before numerous state legislative committees, before Congress and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Prior to this position, Christensen served 6 years on the MTA Board of Directors, including 2 years on the Executive Committee. He also served as Chair of the Legislative committee and as a member of several other MTA policy committees.
Prior to his position with the MTA Christensen was the Vice President/General Manager of Christensen Communications Company, a family owned ILEC located in Madelia, MN. Christensen began his employment with Christensen Communications in 1979, as a summer intern. He returned in 1996 as a telephone technician. Prior to returning to the company, Christensen lived in Austin, Texas and was employed by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Personally, he is married to wife Anne. Together they have four children and five grandchildren.
Michael J. Ahern,
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Mike’s practice involves Minnesota state regulatory and legislative problem solving in the energy, telecom, insurance and related industries.
Mike has decades of experience representing state regulated businesses at the Legislature and before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Commerce, the Pollution Control Agency and other State regulatory bodies.
Mike has had the privilege of representing the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) and the Minnesota Independent Coalition (MIC) at the Capitol for a long time (hint: it was before Judge Greene broke up ATT).
Recognized as one of Minnesota’s leading attorneys in administrative, regulatory and environmental law, Mike is also the Chair of the Legislative practice group.