MTA News Bytes

February 16, 2018

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Register Today for MTA's 2018 Annual Convention and Trade Show

>> Annual Convention and Trade Show Exhibit and Sponsor Opportunities

>> Register Today for MTA's Day on the Hill

Informational Items

>> House Passes Klobuchar's Call Completion Bill

Peer Group Bulletin

>> 2018 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities!

>> Upcoming Peer Group Events

Safety Corner

>> Travel Tips

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent J. Christensen
Event Planners:
Ashley Crunstedt
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino

Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

February 21-23, 2018: Telco Marketing Peer Group Winter Conference
Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

March 26-28, 2018: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

April 11-12, 2018: Plant Manager & Superintendent Peer Group Meeting
St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites

April 18-19, 2018: Customer Service Peer Group Spring Conference
Whitefish Lodge in Crosslake, MN

April 24-25, 2018: 2018 Day on the Hill
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, St. Paul

July 9, 2018: 2018 MTA Associate Member Golf Day
Crow River Golf Club, Hutchinson

October 10-11, 2018: 2018 MTA Fall Conference  
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

March 18-20, 2019: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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MTA Updates


MTA 2018 Annual Convention and Trade Show
Register Online Today!

MTA 2018 Annual Convention

>> Register Here

March 26-28, 2018
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Don’t miss getting your early bird registration discount by signing up before March 2, 2018.

You have choices on what telecom events you attend and the 2018 MTA Convention and Trade Show needs to be at the top of that list! Our breakout sessions and trade show give you access to the latest information in our industry and vendors with the resources you need to do your job, regardless of your role in the telecom industry. You spoke and we listened; this is where you and your staff want to be.

Learn from industry experts.

Our educational sessions are informative and pertinent to current issues facing the telecommunications industry.

Breakout Sessions Include:

>> Check out the schedule here.

Register for the Convention and the Issues Luncheon by going to and completing the online form.

Don't miss the actionRegister Now!

Convention Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

>> Register as an Exhibitor or Sponsor

>> Download the 2018 Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus

Join us for our 108th Annual Convention! Be present when telecommunications providers from all across the Upper Midwest and Canada gather for what is recognized by many as the biggest and best state telecom trade show.

This is your opportunity to network with industry leaders and decision-makers, and show them how your business can help them succeed. The MTA Convention provides opportunities for you to showcase your products, highlight your services and develop profitable relationships with new and existing clients. The theme for this year’s convention is “Innovation, Opportunity, Challenge — It’s What We Do.” MTA's Annual Convention and Trade Show is one of the best opportunities around to enhance your marketing and broaden your company’s exposure — and it’s very cost effective.


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

2018 MTA Day on the Hill

Register today for MTA's Day on the Hill!

As always, there is no registration fee for MTA members, but we need to know who will be in attendance in order to schedule legislative visits.  Also let us know if you need an MTA metal name badge before April 4 so one can be ordered for you.

Register Here!

For more information, contact Anne Christensen at 651-288-3724 or

Day on the Hill Agenda

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2:00 p.m. – Legislative Issues Briefing
4:30 p.m. – MTA PAC Annual Meeting
5:00 p.m. – Reception

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Legislative Visits


House Passes Klobuchar's Call Completion Bill

In the early morning hours of February 9, the House passed S. 96Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017. The bill previously passed the Senate and will now go to President Trump to be signed into law. The bill will require least-cost routers to register with and follow standards set by the FCC. Additionally, to ensure greater transparency in the call completion marketplace, originating providers must use registered least-cost routers in seeking to complete their calls. “Call Completion is still an issue in rural Minnesota,” commented MTA President/CEO Brent Christensen.  “We can’t thank Senator Klobuchar and her staff enough for taking the lead on this important issue and passing the legislation.”

Broadband Academy Re-Runs 4 Introductory Online Courses

Due to its popularity, the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has decided to re-run the online introductory broadband courses starting March 26. They currently have 43 students taking multiple courses this Spring. They are opening up more opportunities by offering these classes the second 8 weeks of the semester. 

Broadband Academy Course Schedule- WITC

Broadband Customer Service Specialist (Broadband Services Level 1) (6CR)

Spring 2018


8 Weeks - Online Classes - Technical Diploma 


Start/End Date                  Class #


Broadband Telco Services 101 (1CR) 32451365      
(8 wks)

3/26/18-5/17/18             Class # 27050

Fall 2018

Broadband Television Service 101 (1CR) 32451366  (8 wks)

3/26/18-5/17/18             Class # 27051

Fall 2018

Broadband Fiber Service 101 (1CR) 32451367         
(8 wks)

3/26/18-5/17/18             Class # 27052

Fall 2018

Broadband Internet Services 101 (1CR) 32451368 
(8 wks)

3/26/18-5/17/18               Class # 23200

Fall 2018

Please click here for more information.

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

2018 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities Are Available!

Get tons of visibility and have engaging conversations with members, build relationships with small, but highly-focused groups, and support our core cause.

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 2018!

>> Sign Up Online Today! or

>> Download the 2018 Peer Group Investment Opportunities as a PDF.

Upcoming Peer Group Events

2018 Telco Marketing Peer Group Winter Conference

February 21-23, 2018 | Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

>> Registration

This two-day marketing conference brings together speakers from the telco industry, creative agencies, and more.

Rates: $165 Members/NonMembers | $82.50 Students

2018 Plant Manager & Superintendent Peer Group Meeting

April 11-12, 2018 | St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud, MN
Watch for more details!

2018 Customer Service Peer Group Spring Conference

April 18-19, 2018 | Whitefish Lodge located in Crosslake, MN

MTA is excited to announce the upcoming Customer Service Peer Group Conference, to be held April 18-19 at Whitefish Lodge in Crosslake, MN. This event is for any and all individuals who deal with customer in the telecommunications industry. This is a great opportunity to attend (or send your staff) for very little cost. 

Rates: $150/person

Whitefish Lodge & Suites
14150 Swann Dr. | Crosslake, MN 56442

There is a block of rooms reserved at the hotel. Call 218-692-2246, ext. 0 and reference code MTA418. The reservation date will only be held until March 17, 2018, or until the room block is depleted, whichever comes first.

>> Registration

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Safety Corner

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Vacationing is fun and relaxing! When traveling overseas, you get to experience all the beautiful cultures. Many people are wary of international travel because of crime and most recently in Mexico, the tainted alcohol. For the most part, traveling throughout the world is very safe. Here are safety precautions that every traveler should take to ensure that their trip remains a good time.

  • Check in with the State Department: Find out everything, from which vaccinations you need to the local laws to any travel warnings (including crime and security warnings).
  • Get Appropriate Vaccines: Numerous worldwide travel destinations require vaccinations before your arrival, so make sure that you know the immunizations you need and that you are immunized before your trip.
  • Make Electronic Copies of Your Documents: You’ll be carrying important documentation with you when traveling abroad. Create an electronic backup of your immunization record, itinerary, medical insurance card, plane tickets, travel insurance, and passport before you leave. Email the file to yourself and keep it in your inbox so you can access the information from your smartphone should the paperwork be lost or damaged.
  • Don’t Carry Everything Together: It might be tempting to keep your cash, credit cards, identification, and other material in your wallet, but don’t do it. Keep any money, credit cards, IDs, and other items you won’t be using locked in your hotel room safe.
  • Don’t Carry Things in Your Back Pocket: Pickpocketing is common in specific areas around the world. Do not keep anything in your back pocket, including your wallet, a small purse, your hotel room keys… anything! Keep items in your front pocket.
  • Don’t Flash Your Cash or Valuables: If you tour your international destination dressed to the nines and wearing all sorts of expensive jewelry, you are announcing to potential thieves that you are a worthy mugging target. Keep it simple and appropriate for the place you are visiting, and hide your camera in a case when you aren’t using it.
  • Avoid Using Your Credit Card at Internet Cafés: Internet cafés are trendy among travelers. They are a quick and easy way to grab a cup of coffee while emailing the latest details of your adventure to your family and friends. Criminals keep a wary eye and use keylogger software on the computers in Internet cafés to obtain your credit card information, so pay for the computer use with cash.
  • Be Properly Insured: Not all insurance carriers will cover you while abroad. Your health insurance might offer you some international coverage, but the chances are good that it doesn’t cover potential illness, injury, or even death entirely when you are on foreign soil. Your belongings need to be insured, too, for the simple reason that anything might happen to them.

Travel Warnings for Citizens

Safe Travels,

Aaron Wilfahrt
Safety Consultant

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