January 11, 2013

January 11, 2013

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

>> Online Convention Registration Now Available!

>> MTA Scholarship Information Now Available

>> Do You Know Someone You Should Nominate?

>> FCC Shape File Requirement Update

>> ITA Offers Webinar Opportunities to MTA Members

>> Coming to the MTA Office and Need a Place to Stay?

>> Arvig Supports Local Schools

>> Influenza

People and Companies

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Jaskowiak
Meeting Planner:
Julie Cygan
Member Services:
Chris Swanson
Janey Duntley
Administrative Assistant:
Lindsey Clancy

Stay up-to-date on daily happenings at the MTA offices by following us on Facebook. From peer group meetings to annual conferences and everything in between, get the scoop on what’s happening at our offices!

February 6-8, 2013: 2013 Telco Marketing Peer Group Winter Conference

February 19-20, 2013: MTA Day on the Hill

March 25-27, 2013: 2013 MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

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Online Convention Registration Now Available!

The 2013 MTA Convention is fast approaching and it's time to get registered!

The 2013 MTA Convention has something for everyone in the telecom Industry. The breakout sessions cover a wide range of topics regardless of your role in the telecom industry. The MTA Convention has something for you! You won’t want to miss our Wednesday General Session. This year we are fortunate to have NTCA’s Shirley Bloomfield on stage talking about the national issues of the day with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Be sure to sign up for the Issues Luncheon on Tuesday. This will be your opportunity to learn what is going on at the State level and how it will affect the way you do business.

Again this year, you can register by going to www.mnta.org and completing the online form. Don’t miss getting your early-bird registration discount by signing up before March 1, 2013.

Don’t miss the action. REGISTER NOW!


MTA Scholarship Information Now Available

Very soon, information about the 2013 MTA Scholarships will be sent to MTA Active member companies. The MTA Foundation will award five scholarships of $2,000 to high school seniors in MTA Member serving areas. Here is a link for more information. MTA Member companies are encouraged to review the material and pass it along to High Schools in your serving areas. The MTA Foundation will evaluate the applications received and winners will be notified in April.

Do You Know Someone You Should Nominate?

The MTA is looking for nominees for the 2013 Excellence in Service Awards. The MTA has four individual categories and one company award. The individual categories are: Humanitarian, Public Service, Industry Leadership and Associate Member. The company award is for Economic Development. More information can be found online here. The deadline for nomination submissions is March 1, 2013.

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FCC Shape File Requirement Update

The MTA has received several requests for an update on access to exchange boundary shape files. The MTA has been working with the MN Department of Commerce and MN GIS to find the best way to provide shape files to telcos, which can be verified and filed with the FCC. MN GIS is working on a proposal for the MTA to be shared with members. The MTA is also working with consultants on other possible solutions. Bottom line…stay tuned!

The FCC’s November 6 order requiring the shape files is still at the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is required to approve the order before it can go into effect. The date the files are required to be submitted to the FCC will be set once approved by OMB.

ITA Offers Webinar Opportunities to MTA Members

As part of a continuing effort to collaborate and provide shared opportunities for members of both associations, the Iowa Telecommunications Association is providing MTA members access to ITA informational webinars at ITA member rates. MTA members may sign up for the Cyberpass until 1/21/13 and receive the ITA member rate by using the promo code MTA13Web. After that date MTA members may register for individual webcasts at the ITA member rate using the same promo code of MTA13Web. Click here to learn more about the ITA Cyberpass.

Coming to the MTA Office and Need a Place to Stay?

Ewald Consulting has established an Ewald rate for hotel accommodations. The Commons Hotel has been newly renovated and has recently been ranked a 5 star property. This is a great option when MTA members want to come in the night before a meeting. The rate is $130 per night w/ free internet, and 5 mile shuttle transportation (which is perfect for getting to and from the MTA office). The rate is great and hotel staff go above and beyond from a customer service standpoint. Click here for more information.

Arvig Supports Local Schools

by Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

Arvig, a family-owned telecommunications provider based in Perham, MN, has found an innovative way to support schools…

Arvig is proud to support your local school through the Arvig Internet School Partnership Program.

When you participate in this program, your school earns:

  • $10 when you connect your dial-up or high-speed Internet
  • $1 each month that you’re a dial-up customer
  • $2 each month that you’re a high-speed customer

I like the added push to encourage residents to get online. If you know an Arvig customer, you should make sure they sign up for the promotion.

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More and more of us are being exposed to this season’s influenza strain, which we’re told is hitting harder and earlier this year. I’ve been lucky so far, I’ve only had a cold, but how does a person know if they have a cold or the flu?

A Cold vs. the Flu
Telling the difference between a cold and the flu can be tricky and may be best left up to your doctor to decide. According to the website www.FluFacts.com the cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different types of viruses. Flu symptoms usually come on quickly (within 3-6 hours) and consist of a fever (but not always), body aches, dry cough, extreme tiredness and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Cold symptoms are less severe and people experience a stuffy nose, productive cough, slight tiredness, and limited body aches.

What is the flu?

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year.

The flu can be very dangerous for children as well as the elderly. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

How is the flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through the coughing, sneezing, or close contact by someone with the flu. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it (the influenza virus can survive 2-8 hours on surfaces) and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses are also spread this way. 

People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.

Every-day prevention actions

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. This will block the spread of droplets from your mouth or nose that could contain germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, like flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness.
  • Routinely clean frequently-touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs. The influenza virus can survive 2-8 hours on surfaces.

I think I’m going to go wash my hands now, besides that I think I have to cough. 

Take care,
Dan Berg, M.S.
Lead Safet
y Consultant

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