We are now planning for the Annual Convention and Trade Show, March 24-26, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Our convention offers you an opportunity to talk with the (estimated 1,500) MTA attendees face-to-face.
Deadline for submission: November 15, 2013
Request for Proposals
There are additional opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise to all attendees. We are requesting submissions of speakers and presenters for our breakout sessions and luncheons.
Breakout Session Requirements
The 2014 MTA Convention will have 20-23 breakout sessions of 50 minutes each and an Issues Update Luncheon. Sessions will be presented on Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25, 2014. No sales pitches please.
Fill out the CFP online HERE.
The MTA will be making updates to our listserv platform on Monday. Listserv users may experience service interruptions early next week. Staff will be in touch with users regarding new listserv names once they are in working order. Thank you for your patience.
Effective August 1, 2013, state agencies and regulated utilities must accept electronic service as official service. The following language was added to Minnesota Statutes:
Regulated utilities and state agencies must provide an electronic address to the commission for electronic service purposes and agree to accept electronic service as official service.
All paper service designations for state agencies and regulated utilities with email addresses on file with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will automatically be changed to electronic service to comply with Minnesota Statutes §216.17, subdivisions 2 and 4 and Minnesota Statutes §216B.18. Contact Jamie Eschbach with questions or changes: email@example.com or 651-201-2204.
from NECA’s Washington Watch
Testimony from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet hearing on "Broadband Adoption: The Next Mile,” held on October 29, 2013, were released. The Subcommittee examined how to increase broadband adoption in the United States, and explored challenges to broadband adoption among various demographic groups and regions and strategies to overcome those barriers.
A few MTA members have received letters from Telcordia, Inc. d/b/a iconectiv about unlicensed use of Common Language Information Services and supporting code sets. In the letter, Telcordia states that its desire is to initiate discussions with the company to help the company obtain the correct Common Language Information Service licensed subscriptions and ensure that any continued unlicensed use of proprietary information ceases. If your company receives a letter from Telcordia, you are strongly encouraged to contact them immediately. MTA members who have received letters reported that they have been able to resolve the issues by making tariff revisions to omit any material which may have been subject to an intellectual property claim.
Connect Minnesota will hold a 2013 Broadband Summit on December 4, 2013, in Roseville, MN from 10 AM to 3 PM. A formal announcement and agenda will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, but you can register now by visiting the link below.
The Summit’s keynote speaker will be Thomas Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, and Counsel to the Fiber to the Home Council Americas.
The event will include panel discussions on topics such as:
- The Blandin Foundation: Community-led approaches to increasing broadband adoption
- Overview and update from the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
- How federal and state policy will impact Minnesota’s broadband landscape
Connect Minnesota will also announce the winner of its Minnesota Broadband Hero Award.
For additional information or to register click here.
Are you a panelist or public sector official? If so, contact Bill Hoffman, Connect Minnesota state program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for a promotional code prior to registering.
from NECA’s Washington Watch
At its October 28, 2013 Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and FNPRM to address rural call completion issues. The Order requires providers with more than 100,000 lines that make the initial choice as to how to route a call to collect and retain call completion data for six months and file quarterly reports. The Commission said the Order will give the FCC the information it needs to investigate and eliminate rural call completion problems. The FCC indicated there will be a safe harbor provision with incentives for providers to improve their call completion practices and performance. The Order also bars providers from transmitting an audible ring to a caller’s handset when the phone on the other end of the call is not actually ringing. The FNPRM seeks comment on additional reforms pertaining to auto-dialer traffic, intermediate providers, and other safe harbor options and reporting requirements. The Order/FNPRM is not yet released. Statements were released by acting Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioner Rosenworcel, and Commissioner Pai.
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group
Email Jacquie at email@example.com to be added – please specify which listserv(s) you would like to join:
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Customer Service (CSR)
Office Managers (OM)
Human Resource (HR)
Plant Superintendents (PM)
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The National Safety Council has published a simple but safe guide on safely jumpstarting a weak or dead vehicle battery. The following is the result.
When a motor vehicle battery fails, a jump start often is the best short term way to get the motor going. Because it is important that jump-starting be done properly, the National Safety Council recommends the following procedure:
- Position another vehicle with a healthy battery and your car so they do not touch each other. Be sure both batteries are of the same voltage.
- Read the owners' manuals for both vehicles for any special directions.
- Turn off the ignitions of both vehicles and set the parking brakes. Place automatic transmissions in "Park” and standard transmissions in neutral.
- Wear safety glasses and gloves while using cables.
- Unless given different directions in the owner's manual, use the booster cables in this order:
- Clamp/connect one end of the positive (+) booster cable to the positive (+) post of the dead battery.
- Connect the other end of the same cable to the Positive marked post (+) of the booster battery.
- Connect the second, negative (-) booster cable to the other post of the booster battery.
- Make the final negative (-) booster cable connection on the engine block of the stalled vehicle away from the battery.
- Start the booster vehicle and let it run for a few minutes. Then, start the disabled vehicle.
- Remove the cables in the reverse order of connection, being very careful not to let the booster cable clamps touch each other or come in contact with car parts. Also, avoid the fans of the engine. Electric fans may run without the engine being on.
As with all vehicles, check with your owner’s manual for additional guidelines and precautions.
Dan Berg, M.S.
Lead Safety Consultant
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