May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

>> Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Golf Day!

>> Are You Ready for the Access Rate Changes on July 1, 2014?

>> MTA Peer Group 2014 Investment Opportunities Are Now Available!

>> Seven Startling Facts about Prescription Painkillers

People and Companies

>> Albertson Purchases Badger Communications

>> Conklin-Intracom’s Mobile TV app, cdn|anywhere™, Is Now Available on iTunes and GooglePlay

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Chris Swanson
Janey Duntley
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

July 14, 2014: MTA Golf Day

March 23-25, 2015: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

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MTA Updates


Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Golf Day!

Registration opened today for MTA’s Annual Golf Day! This year’s event will again be held at the Crow River Golf Course in Hutchinson, MN on July 14.

Registration fee is $145 per player or $40 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 here.
Sponsorship opportunities will be available next week.

Are You Ready for the Access Rate Changes on July 1, 2014?

Recently, Olsen Thielen sent out a memo to its clients about the changes in access charges that are due July 1, 2014. Review the memo and make sure your company is compliant.

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

MTA Peer Group 2014 Investment Opportunities Are Now Available!

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 2014.

Sponsor a Peer Group: Download the PDF or Sign Up Online!

Would you like to be added to a Peer Group listserv?
Email Jacquie at to be added – please specify which listserv(s) you would like to join:

Administrative Assistant (AA)
Customer Service (CSR)
Office Managers (OM)
Human Resource (HR)
Plant Superintendents (PM)
Telco Marketing (TMG)

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Safety Corner

Seven Startling Facts about Prescription Painkillers

The National Safety Council (NSC) warns against improper prescription painkiller use. Our nation’s most abused drugs are legal and sitting in the medicine cabinet. Fatal drug overdoses are an epidemic, with opioid prescription painkiller overdoses accounting for the majority of these deaths. Medications that fall within this class include hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), codeine, and related drugs.

In observance of National Poison Prevention Week in March, the National Safety Council released a list of startling facts many people do not know – but should – about prescription painkiller use:

  1. Forty-five people die every day from opioid prescription painkillers – more deaths than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined. 
  2. In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were provided to medicate every American around the clock for an entire month.
  3. More than 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got the pills from friends or relatives. Only about 5 percent got the painkillers from a drug dealer or from the Internet.
  4. The U.S. contains only 4.6 percent of the world’s population but consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone.
  5. While middle-aged men and women have the highest prescription painkiller fatal overdose rates, the rates are increasing most rapidly among women. Overdose death rates in women have increased more than 400 percent since 1999, compared to 265 percent among men. Teen use also is rising. One in eight high school seniors admit to using prescription painkillers recreationally.
  6. Prescription painkillers are gateway drugs to heroin. In 10 years of treating patients for substance abuse and addiction, NSC Medical Advisor Dr. Don Teater reports having just one patient whose prescription painkiller addiction began with a heroin addiction. All other patients have first been addicted to painkillers and switched to heroin because it is cheaper.
  7. Heroin overdose deaths receive significant media attention. But while these deaths increased 45 percent from 2006-2010, prescription painkiller deaths have risen by more than 300 percent since 1999.

Abuse of prescription painkillers carries over into a person’s job performance as a risk to themselves, their coworkers and the public. To learn more about prescription drugs and other drugs of abuse, visit the National Institute of Drug Abuse website at

Take Care,

Dan Berg, M.S.
MTA Lead Safety Consultant

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People Companies

Albertson Purchases Badger Communications

On May 1, 2014, long-time Badger EVP & GM Cliff Albertson completed the purchase of Badger Communications Corporation. Officers are: Bill Albertson, President; John Albertson, VP; Julie Albertson, Sec/Trs and Cliff Albertson, EVP & GM. Cliff says that Investing in the future of independent telcos is a sure bet.

Conklin-Intracom’s Mobile TV app, cdn|anywhere, Is Now Available on iTunes and GooglePlay

Conklin-Intracom, the leader in service provider product innovation and video plus solutions, announces the release of its cdn|anywhere™ Mobile TV app. Cable and IPTV service providers can now deliver live television programming, digital video recordings, and on-demand video to their subscribers’ hand-held devices.

“There’s tremendous demand for full-service content delivery to mobile devices, and customers are coming to expect service providers to offer this as a standard feature. With cdn|anywhere™, our mobile fs|cdn™ solution, providers not only attract new customers and keep existing subscribers engaged, but also reap the benefits of customer loyalty, video discovery and subscriber paid-service opportunities,” commented Dave Hunt, acting CEO at Conklin-Intracom.

cdn|anywhere’s interactive program guide supports multi-touch gestures and delivers advanced content capabilities like DVR anywhere, On-Demand Video (VoD and PPV) and Live TV. Users can minimize the video window and continue enjoying seamless streaming, even while surfing the internet, using apps like Facebook and Twitter, or switching access from their mobile device to their set-top box, and vice-versa.

“The most common obstacle keeping service providers from offering TV-Anywhere has been in creating a consistent experience between home and mobile device. Fortunately, that is our specialty, and we work closely with operators to make integration smooth,” said Applications Engineer Randy Holzworth when asked his opinion on what might keep service providers from fully embracing Mobile TV. 

“As a customer-centered business, it is vital for our team to work in tandem with service providers; from facilitating successful integration to providing detailed documentation and technical training tailored to the needs of individual participants. That is what sets Conklin-Intracom apart from the competition, as a leader in innovative video plus solutions,” added Randy Holzworth.

Conklin-Intracom demonstrated cdn|anywhere™ and other products during the 2014 Metaswitch Forum in New Orleans, LA, May 12-15.  A full staff will also be at The Independent Show in Kansas City, July 29-31. Show details to be announced on its events page.

To download more info, visit:, or download the cdn|anywhere™ app, at:

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