January 8, 2016

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Telco Marketing Peer Group Conference

>> Sponsor and/or Exhibit at the 2016 Annual Convention

>> 2016 CSR Spring Conference

Informational Items

>> Emergency Alert System Schedule Released

>> MTA and MCCA Announce Broadband Conference

>> MTA Peer Group 2015 Investment Opportunities

Safety Corner

>> Safety Bytes

People and Companies

>> GTCR Announces Acquisition of Onvoy

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Chris Swanson
Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

Feb. 3–5, 2016: Telco Marketing Peer Group Winter Conference

Feb. 18, 2016: Broadband Conference

Peer Group Investment Opportunities Open for 2016. View Details

March 21–23, 2016: MTA Annual Convention and Trade Show

April 19–20, 2016: CSR Spring Conference

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MTA Updates


Telco Marketing Peer Group Winter Conference

February 3–5, 2016
Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place
Minneapolis, MN

View Details and Register Online

The 2016 Winter Telco Marketing Group conference includes a well-rounded list of speakers that will give anyone in your organization actionable insights for your 2016 Marketing Plan. Topics include: New Social Media Stragies, Internet Data Cap Answers, Rural Demographic Update, Rural Demographic Update, Regulatory Refresher, Community Building Concepts.

Download Agenda


Registration is $165 for members, $175 for non-members
College students are welcome for 50% of the registration price.


Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55416
Hotel (952) 582-5305

Make your reservations online
Group Name: TMG-Telco Marketing Group
Deadline: January 29, 2016

MTA Convention Registration Coming in January

Sponsor and/or Exhibit at the 2016 Annual Convention

Early Rates end on Monday, February 1

MTA Annual Convention and Trade Show

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and network with more than 1,100 professionals from throughout the Upper Midwest. Register to exhibit at the 2016 Annual Convention today! It is a "do-not-miss" opportunity to showcase your company, products and services.

Download the Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus | Register Online to Sponsor or Exhibit

Plan to join us on March 21–23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The MTA Annual Convention has continued to be the largest state telecommunications association convention in the nation. It represents the interests of more than 80 small, medium and large telecommunications providers that provide advanced telecommunications services like voice, data, wireless video, and high-speed Internet access to Minnesota’s metropolitan and rural communities.

Register for your booth space today!

The convention is a great way to get your message out to this group and the support of our exhibitors and sponsors is what makes this convention possible. Consider becoming a keystone of our pinnacle event! Multiple levels of conference sponsorship opportunities are available. By popular demand, Vendor Demos are back and will be located in the middle of the exhibit hall this year.

If you have questions about the exhibitor or sponsorship information, please contact Carissa Wolf at the MTA office at carissaw@mnta.org or (651) 265-7849.

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2016 CSR Spring Conference

April 19–20, 2016
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
Alexandria, MN

View details and register online

MTA is excited to announce the upcoming Customer Service Peer Group Conference. This is to be held April 19 & 20 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria, MN. This event is for any and all individuals who deal with customers in the telecommunication industry. This is a great opportunity to attend (or send your staff) for very little cost.

More information will be provided as the conference approaches.


MTA Member: $125
Non-member: $150


Arrowwood Resort
Phone: 320-762-1124
Block of rooms reservered under MTA Customer Service Conference.


Emergency Alert System Schedule Released

Recently, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released the 2016 EAS Required Monthly Test (RMT) schedule. View the dates for required testing.

MTA and MCCA Announce Broadband Conference

For the second year in a row, the Minnesota Cable Communications Association and the Minnesota Telecom Alliance with partner companies is hosting a policy conference in Minnesota — Broadband Networks, the Backbone of the 21st Century!

The purpose of our event is to bring together policy makers, providers and community leaders interested in fostering the advancement of broadband networks in Minnesota.

The conference will be held in St. Paul on February 18, 2016 at 317 on Rice Park, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is the premier broadband conference of the year.

Here is a list of those invited and or already committed to participate as a speaker or panelist. A formal agenda for the conference is forthcoming and will be posted on our registration site.

I hope you will mark your calendar and join us. Last year we sold out with over 120 leaders in attendance. We were pleased the conference received very positive feedback from this wide range of stakeholders. View details and register online.

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Peer Group Bulletin
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group

MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities Open!

MTA’s core purpose is to enhance the success and viability of its telecommunications industry members. You are an important part of helping us fulfill this mission. Here is your opportunity to maximize the impact of your event sponsorships for 2016.

Download the 2016 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Sponsor a Peer Group: Sign Up Online!

Safety Corner

Safety Bytes

2016 is here and it's a perfect time to reflect on your company safety programs and set goals for the New Year. The first question you should be asking yourself is “Is our safety program as strong as we would like it to be?” If not, here are some things you may want to do to in order to make 2016 a safer year.

  1. Review your Safety Manual. As part of our safety services we have provided you with a safety manual. By implementing this manual for your company, you have in essence, adopted these as your company policies. And, although you may have printed out this manual, many of your employees have probably never seen it. Therefore, you should periodically review the manual with your employees to make sure they are following your company policies and procedures. As a staff we are continuously reviewing and updating the manual, but sometimes basic things get overlooked because we are not in the field every day. If each company is reviewing the manual periodically it provides us with a great way to learn if something needs to be updated.
  2. Incorporate safety into your annual employee reviews. An important part of any management system is to recognize safety and health excellence. During annual reviews with your employees, let them know how much you appreciate their commitment to being safe on the job and give special recognition to those employees who exceeded the standard in 2015 and set new goals for all your employees in 2016.
  3. Review your Safety Audits. Each summer we conduct safety audits of your facilities to identify potential safety hazards or risks before they cause an accident or injury. Most of our recommendations are very basic and inexpensive to correct, but if left uncorrected could cause injuries to employees which could cost your company thousands of dollars in workers compensation claims or building damages. As you correct any deficiencies, maintain and post a log of corrected deficiencies for all to see so they know safety is important to the company.
  4. If you don’t already have one, start a Safety Committee. The basic function of every safety committee should be to encourage and maintain a safe work environment. A safety committee will foster a sense of ownership by giving employees an opportunity to directly improve safety and reduce injuries within a company, while enhancing communication between management and employees.

Tiger Woods once said “if I’m not getting better, I’m getting worse.” This also applies to your safety program. No matter how safe you may have been in 2015, if you aren’t constantly thinking about and trying to improve your safety habits, even one small accident in 2016 could make it a very bad year. Remember being safe is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and an accident free New Year!

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People Companies

GTCR Announces Acquisition of Onvoy

GTCR to Support Growth of Leading Provider of Wholesale Telecommunication Services

GTCR, a leading private equity firm, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Onvoy, LLC (“Onvoy” or the “Company”) from Communications Infrastructure Investments. Onvoy, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a leading provider of wholesale voice-enabling services nationwide.

Onvoy provides easy-to-use voice and text functionality to carriers and integrators that choose to focus on customer-facing applications and service rather than infrastructure management. The Company combines an intuitive software interface with its nationwide network of physical switches and dedicated transport to offer leading wholesale telecommunication services. Onvoy’s customers include major wireless carriers, rural telephone companies, high-growth Voice over IP (VoIP) and Over-The-Top (OTT) communications companies.

As part of the transaction, GTCR will partner with CEO Fritz Hendricks and the Onvoy management team as they continue to grow and develop the company’s service offerings and geographic breadth. GTCR combined its long history of investment in the Telecommunications industry with its recent experience working directly with Onvoy to identify the company’s unique position in the marketplace. GTCR is currently a minority shareholder in Onvoy and has a representative on the board. This unique position allowed GTCR to better understand the strong value proposition that Onvoy offers its customers.

“GTCR has played a leadership role in support of Onvoy’s vision to expand network reach and enable communications for the evolving voice, messaging, and wireless market,” said Mr. Hendricks. “I look forward to GTCR’s expanded ownership and greater level of participation as we accelerate our growth objectives.”

”Fritz and his team have built a platform that is well-positioned to power the next generation of telecommunications providers,” added GTCR Principal Lawrence Fey. “We believe a streamlined ownership structure will help the team continue to pursue product innovation and strategic acquisitions.”

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

Stephens Inc. served as financial advisor to GTCR and Latham & Watkins LLP provided legal counsel. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP provided legal counsel to Onvoy.

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