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April 29, 2016

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

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

Informational Items

>>RoR USF Reform Order Effective May 25

Peer Group Bulletin

>> MTA Peer Group 2016 Investment Opportunities

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

July 11, 2016: MTA's Golf Event

March 27-29, 2017: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

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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!


RoR USF Reform Order Effective May 25

From NECA’s Washington Watch

The FCC published a Notice in the Federal Register on April 25, 2016, announcing the March 30, 2016 Rate-of-Return USF Reform Order is effective May 25, 2016, except for the following rule changes that require OMB approval: §§ 51.917(f)(4) (revenue recovery for RoR carriers); 54.303(b) (eligible capital investment and operating expenses); 54.311(a) (CAF A-CAM support ); 54.313(a)(10), (e)(1), (e)(2) and (f)(1) (annual reporting requirements for high-cost recipients); 54.316(a)(b) (broadband deployment reporting and certification requirements for high-cost recipients); 54.319(e) (elimination of high-cost support in areas with an unsubsidized competitor); 54.903(a) (obligations of RoR carriers and the Administrator);69.132 (end user Consumer Broadband-Only Loop charge for non-price cap ILECs); 69.311 (Consumer Broadband-Only Loop investment); 69.4(k) (charges to be filed); and 69.416 (Consumer Broadband-Only Loop expenses).

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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!

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Safety Corner

Safety Bytes

Keep Your Young Workers Safe

Summer is fast approaching and most companies, if you haven’t already, will soon be hiring temporary summer help. Most of these summer workers will probably be high school or college students. Many times we forget about them when they are hired because they are only temporary help — but as an employer, you are required to treat these summer workers as you do your permanent employees and provide them with proper training and a safe working environment.

Your responsibilities as an employer for your young workers include:

  • Understand and comply with the relevant federal and state child labor laws. For example, these laws prohibit youth from working certain hours and from performing dangerous/hazardous work.
  • Ensure that young workers receive training to recognize hazards and are competent in safe work practices. Training should be in a language and vocabulary that workers can understand and should include prevention of fires, accidents and violent situations and what to do if injured.
  • Implement a mentoring or buddy system for new young workers. Have an adult or experienced young worker answer questions and help the new young worker learn the ropes of a new job.
  • Encourage young workers to ask questions about tasks or procedures that are unclear or not understood. Tell them whom to ask.
  • Remember that young workers are not just "little adults." You must be mindful of the unique aspects of communicating with young workers.
  • Ensure that equipment operated by young workers is both legal and safe for them to use. Employers should label equipment that young workers are not allowed to operate.
  • Tell young workers what to do if they get hurt on the job.

As a possible first-time employer or supervisor you can have great influence on these young workers future habits so STRESS SAFETY!

Jeff Ulmen
Safety Consultant

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