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April 15, 2016

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Save the Date for MTA's Golf Event!

>> 2016 CSR Spring Conference

Informational Items

>> Study on Municipal Broadband Released

>> FCC Announces Release of A-CAM V2.2, Challenge Process

Peer Group Bulletin

>> MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities

>> Upcoming Peer Group Events

Safety Corner

>> Safety Bytes

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Durant
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino
Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

Peer Group Investment Opportunities Open for 2016. View Details

April 19-20, 2016: CSR Spring Conference

April 27-29, 2016: Office Managers & Human Resources Spring Conference

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MTA Updates


Save the Date for MTA’s Golf Event!

July 11, 2016 at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, MN.

Registration and sponsorship opportunities will be coming soon!

2016 Customer Service Peer Group Spring Conference

April 19-20, 2016
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
Alexandria, MN

View full details and register online

Join us for:

  1. An MTA update by Brent Christensen.
  2. A General Manager’s Perspective from Dave Wolf, Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association.
  3. Our featured speaker, Lisa Brouwer, Speaking on “Gear Up: 6 Pieces of Gear that ‘Ready to Ride’ Team Members Wear.”

Our Ice Breaker on Tuesday evening is a tour and wine tasting event & appetizers at Carlos Creek Winery. Wine tasting participants receive a souvenir wine glass from Carlos Creek.


MTA Member: $125 | Non-member: $150

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Study on Municipal Broadband Released

From NECA’s Washington Watch

The State Government Leadership Foundation issued a study entitled The Impact of Government-Owned Broadband Networks on Private Investment and Consumer Welfare on April 6, 2016, authored by Dr. George Ford, Chief Economist of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Public Policy Studies. The study claimed, among other things: municipal broadband is motivated by the alleged social payoffs of the technology; the economics predict and the evidence confirms that municipal broadband is, in almost all scenarios, subsidized entry; the economics indicate that subsidized municipal broadband is incapable of increasing competition, if competition is measured as the number of firms offering service in a given area; and subsidized municipal entry is prone to be predatory.

FCC Announces Release of A-CAM V2.2, Challenge Process

From NECA’s Washington Watch

The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice on April 7, 2016, announcing the release of Version 2.2 of the A-CAM and illustrative results, which incorporates the inputs and modifications adopted in the March 30, 2016 Rate-of-Return USF Reform Order. The Bureau indicated Version 2.2 of the A-CAM utilizes an input value of 9.75 percent for the cost of money, incorporates updated broadband coverage to reflect the publicly available June 2015 FCC Form 477 data, and excludes from support calculations census blocks where the incumbent provider reports at least 10/1 Mbps broadband service using either FTTP or cable technology. The Bureau noted v2.2 is not the final version of the model, and the final version will be announced in a subsequent Public Notice after the completion of the competitive overlap challenge process. The Bureau indicated competitors that made any corrections to their FCC Form 477 June 2015 data since February 19, 2016, may now file comments informing the Commission of such corrections, and competitors that have newly deployed broadband in particular census blocks since June 2015 may also file comments indicating that their certified FCC Form 477 December 2015 data reports broadband for the first time in specified census blocks.

Comments to challenge the coverage data for competitors are due April 28.

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

MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities Open!

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 2016.

Download the 2016 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Sponsor a Peer Group: Sign Up Online!

Upcoming Peer Group Event

April 27-29, 2016: Office Managers & Human Resources Spring Conference

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Safety Corner

Safety Bytes

Spring Is In The Air — Are You Ready?

Spring is in the air! The weather is getting warmer and along with the change from cold to warm comes the risk of severe weather. What are some of the risks?

Severe Thunderstorms: Severe thunderstorms are responsible for a significant number of injuries, fatalities and property damage claims across the United States every year. There are a variety of weather hazards that can include large hail, damaging straight line winds, flooding and lightning. Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds in excess of 60 mph; large hail can be a threat to life and property. Damaging straight line winds are much more common than tornados and can be just as deadly.

Flooding: When can flooding can occur? When there is prolonged rainfall over several days or when there has been an intense rainfall over a short period of time. Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam. Flash floods can catch people unprepared.

Tornados: A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction, with wind speeds of up to 300 mph. They can destroy large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards. A tornado may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms within the funnel.

Fiction vs Facts

  1. A tornado causes buildings to explode as the tornado passes overhead. Fiction. The fact is, violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most of the damage.
  2. Open windows before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage. Fiction. The fact is, almost all buildings leak. Leave the windows closed and take shelter immediately. An underground shelter, basement or safe room is the safest place. If none of those options are available, go to a windowless interior room or hallway.
  3. Highway overpasses provide safe shelters from tornados. Fiction. The area under a highway overpass is very dangerous in a tornado. If you are in a vehicle, you should immediately find shelter in a sturdy building. As a last resort, stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt on, put your head down below the windows, and cover your head with your hands and a blanket if possible. If you can safely get to an area that is noticeable lower than the roadway, exit the car and lie in the area, covering your head with your hands.

Be Prepared

  1. Disaster preparedness is about having an established safety plan. Whether it's preparedness for floods, severe thunderstorms, tornados, or fires, the key to survival in disasters is planning.
  2. Have an action plan in place — you will need to respond quickly when a warning is issued.
  3. Recognize that severe weather can occur at any time of day (or night).
  4. When conditions are warm, humid and windy or skies look threatening, monitor the weather for severe watches and warnings.
  5. Have a disaster supply kit, which is a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. Items to include are water, food, battery-powered radio, NOAA weather radio with tone alert, flashlight, extra batteries, and important documents. For full list of supplies, see the resource links below.

Additional Resources
For a list of items that should be in your disaster kit, check out these websites: or

For additional information on severe weather watches and warnings, see:

For general educational information on spring severe weather, check out:

Remember, severe weather can happen at any time; take the time now to be prepared!  Have a safe and wonderful spring.

Chris Swanson
MTA Safety Consultant

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