MTA News Bytes

February 19, 2016

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> 2016 MTA Legislative Session Preview (Webinar)

>>The 2016 MTA Convention Is Fast Approaching. Are You Registered?

>> 2016 CSR Spring Conference

Peer Group Bulletin

>> MTA Peer Group 2015 Investment Opportunities

>> Upcoming Peer Group Events

Safety Corner

>> Safety Bytes

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

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

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Meetings and Events

March 2, 2016: 2016 MTA Legislative Session Preview (Webinar)

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

Peer Group Investment Opportunities Open for 2016. View Details

April 5-6, 2016: Plant Manager & Superintendent Peer Group Meeting

April 6-7, 2016: AAPG Spring Event

April 19-20, 2016: CSR Spring Conference

April 27-29, 2016: Office Managers & Human Resources Spring Conference

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MTA Updates


2016 MTA Legislative Session Preview (Webinar)

Register Today

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
10 - 11 a.m.

View Details and Register Online

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. Here is your opportunity to get a preview of legislative issues affecting telecom and learn the 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
  • Michael J. Ahern, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Cost: FREE

MTA Annual Convention and Trade Show

The 2016 MTA Convention is fast approaching.
Are you registered?

Don’t miss your early bird registration discount or the hotel room block deadline:
February 26, 2016.

Sign Me Up!

March 21-23, 2016
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Why attend the MTA Convention?

Here is what our attendees are saying…

“Trending topics, networking, seeing what is the next venture!”

“Convenience of everything being in one building and location of all activities that occur around it.”

“I like the layout.  Not too many breakout sessions and there’s plenty of time to network and set up side meetings.”

“The chance to see friends and colleagues is always the best. Love to see everyone.”

Convention Highlights and Activities

  1. MTA Opening Reception: All attendees are invited to attend this annual reception. This event offers a wonderful opportunity to network with other MTA members, convention guests, exhibitors and sponsors.
  2. Industry Issues Update Luncheon with Guest Speaker John Tuma, MN Public Utilities Commissioner: $45 per person to attend (includes lunch)
  3. Associate Member Reception: This reception will feature food, fun, excitement and prizes! MTA will give away gift cards and an Apple Watch at a “must-be-present-to-win” drawing!
  4. Vendor Demos on the Exhibit Floor.

Book your reservation at the Hyatt Regency by the February 26 cut-off date and be entered to win a free upgrade.

20 lucky attendees who have made their reservations by the cut-off date will win a complimentary upgrade to an Executive Suite for the duration of their stay.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis | 1300 Nicollet Mall

Reservations can be made by calling 800-233-1234. Please indicate if you are an attendee or an exhibitor.

Reservations can be made online as well:

Sponsor and/or Exhibit at the 2016 Annual Convention

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 continues 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.

If you have questions about the exhibitor or sponsorship information, please contact Carissa Wolf at the MTA office at 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 for the upcoming Customer Service Peer Group Conference, 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. The conference is a great opportunity to attend (or send your staff) for very little cost.

Watch for more information as the conference approaches.


MTA Member: $125
Non-member: $150


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

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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!

Upcoming Peer Group Events

April 5-6, 2016: Plant Manager & Superintendent Peer Group Meeting

April 6-7, 2016: AAPG Spring Event

April 27-29, 2016: Office Managers & Human Resources Spring Conference

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Safety Corner

Safety Bytes

Safe Backing

The auto industry has spent years improving its vehicles to help us avoid accidents while backing up. However, even with all the advances in technology — from cameras to sensors — we still are having problems backing vehicles.

Each day that you drive as part of your job, or on your commute to and from work, you realize that over 99% of your driving is going in a forward direction. Yet isn’t it interesting that although backing is a very small portion of our driving, it still accounts for about 30% of all accidents.

The good news is backing accidents are almost always preventable. Following are some techniques to keep us from having to contact our insurance agent.

  • First off, don't back up unless absolutely necessary. Proper planning of routes and proper positioning of the vehicle can reduce the amount of backing.
  • A simple way to avoid backing is to park so that your first movement is always forward. When you stop to park, think ahead to when you will be leaving and park so that you do not have to back out. Whenever possible, find a parking spot that allows you to drive through. This may require parking a bit further away — however, this strategy will reduce your chances of being involved in a backing incident. If you are unable to find a drive-through spot, back into a parking space so that your first movement will be forward and you will not be reversing into traffic.
  • When possible, use helpers to assist you in backing.
  • When no helper is available, get out and walk around the entire vehicle. This “circle  of safety" will allow you to identify any obstructions in the area that may not be clearly visible from the driver’s seat. Many fatal backing accidents occur in locations where the driver is familiar with the surroundings and may become complacent. A prime example of this is the driveway at home. Each year, hundreds of children are injured or killed by parents or close relatives while backing in their own driveway.
  • Use all available aids to keep you aware of your surroundings. These include the mirrors on both sides of the vehicle, rearview mirrors/cameras and even reflections of your vehicle in windows of buildings.
  • Maintain control of your vehicle by backing slowly. This allows for timely course corrections and braking should something or someone move into your line of travel.
  • It is vitally important that you are focused on the task of backing your vehicle. Avoid distractions that can divert your attention.
  • Many accidents occur because backing up is such a small percentage of driving time. By taking time to practice backing, we will build confidence and ability. Find an empty parking lot and start slowly, then adding cones or empty boxes to back around.

Even with the new technology that is available in newer vehicles and the tips listed above, the key is to avoid backing in the first place and to only backup as a last resort.

Take Care,
Dan Berg, M.S.
Senior Safety Consultant

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