November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

>> 2015 Annual Convention Exhibit and Sponsor Registration Now Open!

>> Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

>> Nolan Signs onto House Resolution on Call Completion

>> MTA Peer Group 2015 Investment Opportunities Now Available!

>> What You Didn’t Learn in Driver’s Education Class

People and Companies

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

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

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Meetings and Events

December 3-4, 2014: 2014 Plant Manager & Superintendant Peer Group Meeting

February 5-6, 2015: 2015 Telco Marketing Peer Group Winter Conference

February 11-12, 2015: 2015 Administrative Assistant Peer Group Winter Conference

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

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MTA Updates


2015 Annual Convention Exhibit and Sponsor Registration Now Open!

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and network with more than 1,100 professionals from throughout the Upper Midwest. Plan to join us on March 23-25, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN.

>> Download the Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus
>> Register to exhibitor and/or sponsor

The MTA Annual Convention continues to be the largest state telecommunications association Convention in the nation. It represents the interests of more than 80 small, medium and large telecommunications providers that provide advanced telecommunications services like voice, data, wireless video, and high-speed Internet access to Minnesota’s metropolitan and rural communities. In 2008, the MTA merged with the Minnesota Association of Rural Telecommunications (MART) making it even stronger and our Convention an even more significant event. It is a "do-not-miss" opportunity to showcase your company, products and services.

The Convention is a great way to get your message out to this group and the support of our exhibitors and sponsors is what makes this convention possible. Consider becoming a keystone of our pinnacle event! Multiple levels of conference sponsorship opportunities are available. This year’s convention will feature Vendor Demos on the exhibit floor and a “New Vendor” aisle. Download the Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus for full details.

If you have questions about the exhibitor or sponsorship information, please contact Carissa Wolf ( at the MTA Office, (651) 265-7849.

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Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

We are now requesting submissions of speakers and presenters for our breakout sessions and luncheons. Topic ideas for presentations identified by the MTA Event Planning Committee are listed in the Call for Proposals.

Click here to submit a Call for Proposal.

The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to Tuesday, December 2, 2014.


Nolan Signs onto House Resolution on Call Completion

As a result of continuing efforts by the MTA and its members, Congressman Nolan recently announced that he has signed onto House Resolution 536 that expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that: (1) all telephone service providers must appropriately complete calls to all areas of the United States regardless of the technology used by such providers, and (2) no entity may unreasonably discriminate against telephone users in rural areas. Declares that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should: (1) pursue entities whose violations of FCC rules contribute to a lack of quality telecommunications services in rural areas, (2) impose enforcement actions to discourage such uncompleted calls and unreasonable discrimination, and (3) establish a definitive solution to such discrimination.

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

MTA Peer Group 2015 Investment Opportunities 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 2015.

Download the 2015 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Sponsor a Peer Group: Sign Up Online!

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Safety Corner

What You Didn’t Learn in Driver’s Education Class

If you’re like me, it has been sometime since Driver’s Education Classes were on your schedule. Since then a number of improvements have come along to make our travels safer, some of which I was skeptical of, like roundabouts. But overtime, given a chance most of the improvements, though costly, have proven to make our roadways safer.

Below are three recent changes many of us have driven through lately.

1. Diverging Diamond Interchanges

MnDOT is constructing Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDI) throughout the state to improve interchange safety. These interchanges are designed to:

  • Cut overall traffic delays up to 60 percent
  • Improve safety by eliminating standard intersection geometrics and conflict points

Navigating a DDI

  • Traffic crisscrosses at either end of the bridge, so instead of making hard left turns, drivers veer to the left for access. Pedestrians cross to the middle of the bridge and walk in the middle between the eastbound and westbound lanes with protective barriers on either side. 

These DDIs can be intimidating, I just have a hard time crossing a bridge in the left lane, but they do seem to work pretty well. Just be aware and follow the arrows that direct you into the proper lane

2.  Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals a safer, more efficient left-turn signal

Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals feature a flashing yellow arrow in addition to the standard red, yellow and green arrows. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic.

Flashing yellow arrow signals have been shown to help drivers make fewer mistakes. They keep motorists safer during heavy traffic and reduce delays when traffic is light. A national study demonstrated that drivers found flashing yellow left-turn arrows more understandable than traditional yield-on-green indications

Use of the flashing yellow arrow has been shown to have several benefits including minimizing delays by providing more opportunities to make a left turn and enhancing safety by reducing driver errors.

3.  Reduced Conflict Intersections

What are they?

Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs) are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. In some parts of the country, RCIs are sometimes referred to as J-turns or RCUTs.

Why do they work?

A typical four-lane divided highway intersection has 42 possible vehicle conflict points. RCI's reduce conflict points to as few as 18.

With an RCI, drivers from the side street only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time. You don’t need to wait for a gap in both directions to cross a major road. Traditional four-lane divided highway intersections have an elevated risk of severe right-angle crashes (commonly called “T-bone” crashes), especially for drivers attempting to cross all four lanes of traffic or turn left. At a traditional intersection, motorists from the side street need to look in both directions to cross a four-lane divided highway. Left turns require the same level of attention.

How do they work?

In an RCI, drivers always make a right turn, followed by a U-turn. Motorists approaching divided highways from a side street are not allowed to make left turns or cross traffic; instead, they are required to turn right onto the highway and then make a U-turn at a designated median opening. This reduces potential conflict points and increases safety. Generally, the delay caused by a signal is greater than the delay caused by the RCI.

For additional information including diagrams, click on the following links:
Diverging Diamond Interchanges:
Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals:
Reduced Conflict Intersections:

I will admit again, I am sometimes skeptical of changes that are made, but these three changes above do seem to make the intersections safer while saving time, which is a win/win. Now if we could just do something about the cost.

From the MTA Safety Team, have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Take Care,
Dan Berg M.S.
Senior Safety Consultant

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