MTA News Bytes

July 7, 2017

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> MTA’s Annual Golf Day Is on Monday!

Informational items

>> Important Deadline for Reimbursement Fund Eligibility — July 12

Peer Group Bulletin

>> Don't Miss These 2017 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities!

Safety Corner

>> Motorcycle and Boat Safety

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

July 10, 2017: MTA Golf Day
Crow River Golf Club, Hutchinson

October 3, 2017: 2017 CSR Fall Conference
The Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth

October 5-6, 2017: MTA Fall Conference
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

March 26-28, 2018: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

March 18-20, 2019: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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MTA Updates


MTA 2017 Golf Day

MTA’s Annual Golf Day Is on Monday!

Monday, July 10, 2017
Crow River Golf Course | Hutchinson, MN

Sign up today for MTA’s Annual Golf Day! This year’s event will again be held at the Crow River Golf Course in Hutchinson, Minnesota, on July 10.

Registration is $150 per player or $45 for the reception only. Don’t forget to bring extra cash for the chance board fundraiser!

>> Sign up your team or register as an individual online.

MTA Prize Giveaway

As a thank-you for our members' continued support of MTA, we are giving away golf shoes to all registered golfers at this year’s event. Foot Joy will be at the course to size your feet and will then drop ship the shoes directly to you. Shoes will be available in men’s and women’s styles. You must be present at the golf event to receive the giveaway.

To expedite the process and ensure you have enough time on the course, please fill out our online form so Foot Joy can mail you your new shoes. Every individual golfer as well as any individual golfer included in a team must fill out this form. Please note that we will not collect your shoe size prior to the event as the shoes are custom fit.

** Due to customization, you MUST be present at the event to receive this giveaway**

Thank You, Golf Day Sponsors!

Scoreboard Sponsor
Power & Tel

Cart Sponsors
Eagle Marketing
National Information Solutions Cooperative
Pinnacle Marketing Group
Power Product Services

Brat Sponsors
7Sigma Systems, Inc.
Cable Connection & Supply
Ewald Consulting
MP Nexlevel, LLC

Beer Sponsors
Comlink Midwest, LLC
Olsen Thielen CPAs
TelCom Construction, Inc.

Beverage Sponsor
Innovative Systems

Breakfast Sponsor
Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Field Sponsors
MP Nexlevel, LLC
Tel Rep Marketing
Unitel Insurance

Hole-In-One Sponsor
Finley Engineering Company

Putting Green Sponsor
TelCom Construction, Inc.

Hole Sponsors
7Sigma Systems, Inc.
Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Cable Connection & Supply
Comlink Midwest, LLC
Communication Network Engineering Inc.
Dakota Supply Group
Eagle Marketing
Ewald Consulting
Greenlee Communications
Innovative Systems
Interstate Telcom Consulting, Inc.
J. Carlson Services, Inc.
MP Nexlevel, LLC
National Information Solutions Cooperative
Olsen Thielen CPAs
Pinnacle Marketing Group
Power & Tel
Power Product Services
Ramstad Technologies, LLC
TelCom Construction, Inc.
Tel Rep Marketing


Important Deadline for Reimbursement Fund Eligibility — July 12

On April 13, 2017, the FCC released the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice announcing the conclusion of the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction and the start of the 39-month post-auction transition period. The conclusion of this historic broadcast incentive auction will have a direct impact on nearly every multichannel video programming distributor (“MVPD”). Over the next three years, broadcast stations across the country will be moving to new channels to make room for more mobile wireless services in the upper end of the band. MVPDs will need to assess the impact of these channel changes on their operations and systems, including the need to purchase new receiver equipment and make other system changes to avoid losing access to currently carried signals. Thanks to a congressionally allocated reimbursement fund of $1.75 billion, MVPDs will have the opportunity to recover the costs of making the necessary changes, but must take immediate steps to ensure that they are eligible for reimbursement. It is possible that the $1.75 billion fund will not be sufficient to cover all reimbursable costs that are submitted. For this reason, it is critical that MVPDs take the necessary steps as soon as possible.

To be eligible for reimbursement, MVPDs must comply with the FCC’s reimbursement fund claims process, which starts by filing their estimated costs (via Form 399) with the FCC by July 12, 2017. MVPDs should begin the process immediately by contacting broadcasters that they carry to ask about their post-auction plans.

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

Don't Miss These 2017 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities!

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 2017.

Download the 2017 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Sponsor a Peer Group: Sign Up Online!

Save the Date for the 2017 CSR Fall Conference

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Inn on Lake Superior | 350 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802

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Safety Corner

Motorcycle and Boat Safety

We are in the heart of the summer. The water is warming up, the roads are dry, and the heat is on. We are taking advantage of the nice weather — but sometimes we do not think of the importance of being safe while enjoying our toys. Here are some safety reminders on motorcycling and boating.

Motorcycle Safety Is a Two-way Street

It's critical to respect your machine and improve your skills throughout your lifetime. But that's only half the story. Motorists interested only in four-wheeled vehicles still have a major responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe on the road.

Drivers: Do You Ever Think About Motorcycles?

The vast majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles. They're cars and vans and trucks. It's quite possible that as a driver, you rarely think about motorcycles.

"When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right of way." "There is a continuing need to help other motorists 'think' motorcycles and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem."

Share the Road

Why do drivers often violate motorcyclists' right of way?

  • Motorcycles are relatively small and drivers don't see them.
  • Drivers don't anticipate motorcycles' movements.
  • The driver's view of the motorcyclist is obstructed, often by the vehicle's blind spots or other vehicles.
  • The driver is distracted.

35% of All Fatalities in 2016 Were Older Riders

Riders 50 and older made up 35% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2016, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So-called "re-entry riders," who rode in their 20s and decided to take it up again in their late 40s to 60s, face additional challenges today: more traffic, more powerful bikes, more distracted drivers and diminished physical skills.

If you're going to ride a motorcycle, it's important to commit to a lifetime of learning new skills and brushing up on the old ones.

Skill and Gear Can Protect You

A helmet is the most important equipment a biker can use. In 2016, 1,922 motorcyclists who died were not wearing a helmet.

Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries for operators and 41% for passengers, and they saved an estimated 1,772 lives in 2016, according to Injury Facts® 2017. An additional 740 lives could have been saved that year if all had worn helmets.

  • A full-coverage helmet offers the most protection.
  • Look for the DOT sticker, which guarantees the helmet meets safety standards required by law.
  • Never buy a used helmet; helmets are useless after they've been worn in a crash.

Not every state has a helmet law, but even if yours doesn't, wear one anyway. A motorcycle crash is a "violent event." More than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, according to NHTSA. In addition to wearing a helmet:

  • Choose a bike that fits you; "supersport bikes" have driver death rates about four times that of cruisers or standard bikes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • Invest in antilock brakes.
  • New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses after being off their bikes for a while.
  • Know the rules of the road.
  • Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill.
  • Never drink and ride.
  • Drive defensively, especially at intersections, where half of all collisions occur.
  • Watch for hazards like potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel.
  • Assume you are invisible to other motorists and position yourself to be seen.
  • Use headlights day and night.
  • Be courteous; don't weave in and out of lanes, or ride on the shoulder or between lanes.
  • Don't speed.
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing that is durable and boots that cover the ankles.
  • Wear goggles, glasses or use a face shield that is ventilated to prevent fogging, and make sure it's clear if riding at night.
Motorcycle safety tips

Recreational Boating Safety

Most boating experiences are positive — the stuff memories are made of. But the most joyful times quickly can turn deadly if boaters are not vigilant about safety — at all times.
One of three things usually happens when a good day on the water turns tragic, according to the U.S. Coast Guard:

  • A passenger falls overboard;
  • A boat capsizes;
  • A boat collides with another boat or object.

Just Wear it

Life jackets are the lifeblood of safe boating.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports 78% of boating deaths in 2014 were due to drowning, and 84% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.

Once on the water, use common sense. In a split second, a situation can arise or the weather can turn.

If you notice storm clouds, a sudden temperature drop or wind speed increasing, the best advice is to play it safe. Get off the water.

Get Educated, Reduce Risks

Boating Safety Course

In 2015, Coast Guard data indicate 71% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction. By comparison, 15% of deaths occurred where the operator had received a nationally approved boating safety education certificate.
To further reduce risk, the Coast Guard offers these tips:

    • Don't drink: Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination.
    • Take a safety course: 7 out of 10 boating incidents are caused by operator error.
    • Know about carbon monoxide: This odorless, colorless poisonous gas is emitted by all combustion engines and onboard motor generators.

The extra effort that goes into taking these kinds of precautions will help create fun-filled adventures for you and your family on the road and/or in the water.

Be Safe,
Aaron Wilfahrt
Safety Consultant

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