News Bytes - July 8, 2016
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July 8, 2016

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Register Today for MTA's Golf Event!

>> FCC Announces New Rules for Public Inspection Files

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 Day Event

October 13-14, 2016: MTA Fall Conference

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

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MTA Updates


MTA Golf Day

Last Chance to Register for MTA's Golf Day

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

This year’s event will again be held at the Crow River Golf Course in Hutchinson, MN.

Registration is $150 per player or $45 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.

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FCC Announces New Rules for Public Inspection Files

On January 28, 2016, the FCC adopted a Report and Order expanding to cable operators, DBS providers, and broadcast radio and satellite radio licensees the requirement that public inspection files be posted to the FCC’s online database. The database was initially established in 2012 for use by television broadcasters. Here are the new requirements that went into effect on June 24, 2016:

a. Cable systems with 1,000 or more subscribers, DBS providers, SDARS licensees, and commercial radio stations in the top 50 Nielsen Audio radio markets with five or more full-time employees must place their new public inspection file documents in the Commission-hosted online public file database. In addition, these entities must place their existing public file documents into the online public file within six months after the effective date, or by December 24, 2016. Entities will not be required to place in the online public file existing political file material.

b. Cable systems with 1,000 or more subscribers but fewer than 5,000 subscribers will not be required to place new political file material in the Commission’s online file until March 1, 2018.

c. Cable systems with fewer than 1,000 subscribers are exempt from all online filing requirements.

The FCC’s helpdesk is available to answer any questions regarding the OPIF database. Contact information for the helpdesk is available at 1-877-480-3201 or 1-717-338-2824 (TTY) or you may submit requests online via

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

File, Don’t Pile-De-Clutter the Work Place

A well maintain place of work is an indicator of everyone’s attitude about quality, production and safety. By maintain your work space you are showing pride in your work and helping to set a standard for safety.

So let’s start with a few questions:

  1. How often do you perform regular inspections to de-clutter work areas and walkways?
  2. Are boxes stacked to heights that are potentially unstable?
  3. Are there specific areas to store tools?
  4. Are the emergency exits blocked?
  5. Are you able to access your electrical panels easily?

These questions can give us some insight into our attitude around housekeeping. Seeing housekeeping as a low priority can leave us open to some very real workplace hazards. The fact is, poor housekeeping can be directly linked to many types of occupational injuries especially sips, trips and falls. Poor housekeeping can cause accidents such as tripping over objects on the floors, stairs and platforms, being struck by objects that have been poorly stacked, getting cuts or punctures on projecting nails or wires.

Another concern of poor housekeeping is that storage areas that are not kept in an orderly fashion can become a shelter areas for rodents, insects and vermin. Failure to maintain food and trash in a sanitary manner can also allow these types of pests to breed in offices.

Housekeeping is not just about cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly and keeping aisles, floors and stairs free from slip and trip hazards. The removal of waste (paper, cardboard, containers, used chemicals, etc.) from the work area is valuable in reducing accidents. Housekeeping requires focusing attention on important details in the workplace such as layout, aisle markings, adequacy of storage facilities and maintenance.

Experience shows us that good housekeeping is an essential and effective part of a safety and health program; it helps to eliminate workplace hazards and promotes a safer more efficient work environment. Having a housekeeping plan and process in place we are exposed to fewer accidents by creating an orderly, clutter-free work environment. We decrease our fire hazards and reduce our exposure to hazardous substance.

Injuries caused by poor housekeeping, are indeed a tragic situation and are 100% preventable. It is a matter of us, as individuals we need to correct the hazards when we identify them. If we cannot correct the situation as individuals we need to communicate them to our supervisor and fellow employees so they are aware of the hazard. Working together we can maintain our workspace and reduce our work place hazards.

So let’s all file and not pile.

Chris Swanson
MTA Safety Consultant

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