April 5, 2012


April 20, 2012

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

>> NECA Data Request Due April 25

>> National Volunteer Week

>> It's MTA Directory Time

>> MTA Conducting Member Survey

>> Connect Minnesota Unveils Innovative New Broadband Mapping Tool

>> Minnesota Telecom Alliance Safety Award Recipients

People and Companies

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Jaskowiak
Meeting Planner:
Julie Cygan
Member Services:
Chris Swanson
Janey Duntley

April 26-27, 2012: Customer Service Peer Group Meeting

June 11-13, 2012: 2012 MTA Fishing Outing

July 9, 2012: 2012 MTA Golf Day

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NECA Data Request Due April 25

MTA members who participate in NECA’s Traffic Sensitive Pool received a data collection request from NECA.  It is important that members complete and submit the information to NECA’s website.  This data will be the basis in determining Access Recovery Charges (ARC) and CAF ICC support as determined by the FCC’s USF/ICC Order. CLICK HERE for more information about the NECA Data Collection request.


National Volunteer Week

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the Minnesota Telecom Alliance wants to recognize and thank all of our volunteers for the tremendous amount of time and effort they offer this association.  The support that MTA receives enables us to deliver our mission of enhancing the success and viability of the telecommunications industry in Minnesota, particularly in this increasingly competitive environment.  

Although it may be implied, we don’t say it enough.  Thank you to all of our volunteers, you serve as advocates of the telecom industry.  Without you, the work we do simply wouldn’t be at the level we’re able to accomplish it at today.  
If you serve on a MTA Committee, thank you!  If you would like to serve the industry, please feel free to contact the MTA staff today.

It's MTA Directory Time

MTA staff is collecting data for the 2012/2013 Directory.  Primary contacts for each member should have received their company’s current listing with the opportunity to make changes or corrections.  The Directory is scheduled to be out by the end of June.  It is important that we get the most accurate information for your company, so your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

MTA Conducting Member Survey

The MTA is constantly trying to improve the service we provide to members.  As part of that ongoing initiative, the MTA Board of Directors has instituted a membership survey.  If you have participated in the survey already, thank you!  If you have not, there is still time.  Please CLICK HERE to answer a few short questions.  Let us know what you like about the services we are currently providing and what we can do to improve.  All answers are confidential and written feedback is used to guide the Association moving forward.  Surveys will be collected through April 25th.

Connect Minnesota Unveils Innovative New Broadband Mapping Tool

Connect Minnesota today unveiled an innovative new broadband mapping tool offering unmatched views of Minnesota’s technology landscape.

The mapping tool, called My ConnectView™, is a valuable tool for consumers, policy makers, Internet providers, and planning teams working to increase broadband access, adoption, and use in communities across the state and nation.

"My ConnectView is an invaluable resource that will assist policy makers, providers, and other stakeholders as we work toward achieving the state broadband goals and increasing adoption and use in Minnesota,” said Connect Minnesota Program Manager William Hoffman. "The maps and data layers will be updated on a routine basis to reflect real-time development of our broadband landscape.”

My ConnectView, developed by Connected Nation, Connect Minnesota’s parent organization, replaces the previous mapping tool and is faster and easier to use; features more interactive data layers and additional tools to explore data; and allows users to e-mail, print, and send feedback on custom maps.

By offering unprecedented views of unserved and underserved areas of Minnesota, My ConnectView will help drive economic development planning centered around broadband technology expansion efforts in Minnesota.

Connect Minnesota has just completed its 5th round of broadband data updates to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The data, gathered as part of the State Broadband Initiative program, is used to populate the National Broadband Map. The new maps are online and can be accessed under the learn tab on the Connect Minnesota website.

We urge citizens and providers to use the tool to help us verify the information presented and to contact us if they can't get access to broadband. Connect Minnesota uses such feedback to ensure the maps are accurate and to reach out to providers and community leaders to promote broadband expansion into unserved and underserved areas of Minnesota.

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Minnesota Telecom Alliance Safety Award Recipients

The Minnesota Telecom Alliance Safety program awarded four different awards at this year’s MTA Annual Convention and the winners are:

Daryl Ecker of Park Region Mutual Telephone Company, was awarded the "Safety Leadership Award," we understand that Safety is a team effort and requires help from everyone in the Company.  However, we recognized Daryl for his leadership, effort and commitment in supporting a safe environment for his Company and the Industry and for his contributions to the MTA Safety Committee and many years of service.

We also awarded three "Company Safety Awards” to Companies who demonstrated dedication, commitment, consistency, direction and involvement, not only to their employees, but to the MTA Safety Program, the Industry and their Communities.

The Large Company Award was presented to:
            Garden Valley Telephone Company, and was received by Dave Hammre
The Medium Company Award was presented to:
            Cooperative Development, and was received by Rob St. Claire
The Small Company Award was presented to:
            Spring Grove Communications, and was received by Mark Rud

Congratulations to everyone’s effort and service.  Thank you.

Heat Waves
This week has been a busy one for the Department of Public Safety due to it being Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Everything from Severe Storms to Weather Alerts to Floods to the Tornado Drills yesterday has been covered.

Today’s awareness of Heat Waves is being addressed.

From 2000 to 2010, 35 deaths were directly attributable to extreme heat in Minnesota. This count does not include data from 2011 when Minnesota experienced an extreme heat event that broke several records for dew point temperature.

The National Weather Service (NWS) places high priority on alerting the public to heat wave hazards. Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has developed an Extreme Heat Toolkit with communications and public-health planning strategies to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.

The toolkit is available on MDH’s website.

Again, we wish to thank all of our member companies for their effort and commitment to providing a safe and healthful environment for their employees and their communities.

Take care,
Dan Be
rg, M.S.
Lead Safety Consultant

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