MTA News Bytes

March 18, 2016

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

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

>> 2016 CSR Spring Conference

Informational Items

>> FCC Issues Order on Public File Obligations for TV Operators

>> Cybersecurity Workshops Available

Peer Group Bulletin

>> MTA Peer Group 2016 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 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


MTA Annual Convention and Trade Show

The 2016 MTA Convention is next week.
It's Your Last Chance To Register Online.

Register before you go to save — rates increase Monday.

Sign Me Up!

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

Why attend the MTA Convention?

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.

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2016 CSR Spring Conference

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

View full 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.


MTA Member: $125
Non-member: $150

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FCC Issues Order on Public File Obligations for TV Operators

On January 29, 2016, the FCC issued a Report and Order relating to public file obligations for TV operators. This order clarifies and expands the responsibility of TV operators to maintain and make available to consumers public files. This Order exempts systems with fewer than 1,000 subscribers from all online public file requirements given that they are exempt from most public file requirements. The FCC delays for two years, until March 1, 2018, the requirement that cable systems with between 1,000 and 5,000 subscribers commence uploading new political file material to the online file. Entities will not be required to upload their existing political files to the online file. Files must be retained in the local political file for a two year period. The Commission will require that new political file materials be uploaded to the online file “immediately absent unusual circumstances”. Entities maintaining their own electronic public and/or political files to include in the Commission’s online database a link to that private file database, in addition to uploading to the Commission’s database the materials required to be retained in the online public file. Back-up political files must be kept by cable operators in either paper or electronic form. File Formats can be uploaded in existing formats. The Commission will display in both uploaded format and in a pdf version.

The Commission requires cable operators to place a link to the online public file on their home pages. Entities will also include on their home page contact information for a representative who can assist any person with disabilities with issues related to the content of the public file.

EEO materials — A direct link to the cable operators' EEO materials may be posted on the cable operator’s website. Entities that have fully transitioned to the online public file and also provided online access to back-up political file material via the entity’s own website when the FCC’s online database is temporarily unavailable, will not be required to maintain a local public file.

Compliance Dates – Cable systems with between 1,000 and 5,000 subscribers will not be required to commence uploading new political file material to the online file until March 1, 2018. Cable systems with fewer than 1,000 subscribers are exempt from all online filing requirements.

FCC rules require cable operators serving 1,000 or more subscribers to maintain certain records:

  • political files,
  • sponsorship identifications,
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) reports,
  • commercial records for children’s programming; ownership records,
  • the location of the system’s principal head end,
  • and a list of television broadcast stations carried by the system in fulfillment of the must-carry requirements.

Cable companies are required to keep these files available for public inspection at an accessible location. Other requirements include:

  • Public inspection files must be made available at any time during regular business hours.
  • Cable operators must honor requests made in person to reproduce documents contained in public inspection files. Cable operators may charge a reasonable fee for copies.
  • Requests for copies of documents must be fulfilled within a reasonable time, not to exceed seven days.

Cable operators may choose, but are not required, to honor requests for copies made by mail. Requests made in person must be honored.


Cybersecurity Workshops Available

Cyberattacks are on the rise and constantly evolving.

An attack can affect your company’s bottom line and put sensitive information at risk. It’s important to stay ahead of these threats and take the necessary steps to protect your network and customers. Several sessions are available for members to learn more about this threat:

  1. Dykema is hosting a cybersecurity seminar on April 28 entitled: “Protect and Defend: Why Cybersecurity Matters and What You Can Do to Protect Your Organization and Board from Data Breach Risks”. The program will be held at the Radisson Blu,
    downtown Minneapolis. For more information go to: Dykema Cybersecurity Seminar
  2. The Iowa Communications Alliance will host an all-day summit on April 27 in the Des Moines area to help ICA members understand cyber-risks and to take action. More information will be available soon at
  3. SDN, SDTA, and SD State University are putting on NIST Cyber Framework Training Tuesday, May 3 – Wednesday, May 4 in Sioux Falls, SD. Click here to Register.

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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

First Aid Kits

Recently we’ve gotten questions from some of you who have received information from vendors concerning the new OSHA requirement for first aid kits in the workplace; we will clarify some of these issues.

OSHA requires “that in the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital near the workplace, a person or persons must be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies must be readily available.” However, the OSHA standards do not require specific first aid kit contents.

In 2015, an update to ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015, Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies, introduced two classes of first aid kits. The Class A kits include contents designed for the most common types of workplace injuries, while Class B kits include a broader range and quantity of supplies to deal with injuries in more complex or high-risk environments.

It is the employer's responsibility to assess the particular needs of their workplace and provide the appropriate type of first aid kit. With the exception of your OSP doing construction, all of your operations would be considered low-risk environments and therefore require only Class A kits, which most of you already have around your facilities and in your vehicles.

Does this mean you should purchase new Class B kits for your construction crews? No. You are already (or should be) providing them with a first aid kit to take to the job site. Therefore, all you may need to do is purchase a few individual items to upgrade your current kits — but once again, there is no OSHA requirement to do so.

If you would like a list of recommended items for your first aid kits, please contact any of the Safety Consultants and we can provide it for you.

If you receive information from vendors and you would like clarification or a recommendation before making a purchase, please feel free to contact us and we can help you research the item.

Thanks again and enjoy the warm weather!

Jeff Ulmen
Safety Consultant

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