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for the week ending February 9, 2018

Broadband Grant Idea Gains Support:  Legislation that would provide state broadband grants to any willing provider to reach unserved rural areas of the state made progress this week on both sides of the Capitol.  On a 12-1 vote, the House Special Committee on Innovation & Technology Wednesday approved a committee substitute for HB 1872  (text […]

for the week ending February 2, 2018

Tax Fix Makes Progress:  On a 5-0 vote, the Senate Ways & Means Committee Tuesday approved legislation that would reaffirm the manufacturing sales tax exemption granted to telecommunications equipment.  The exemption was called into question by a 2016 Missouri Supreme Court ruling.  The bill, SB 625, will now move to the full Senate for consideration. […]

for the week ending January 26, 2018

Industry Issues Teed up for Review in Senate, House:   Several bills of industry interest made the agendas of committees on both sides of the Capitol this week.  Issues seeing action included: Telecom Tax Fix  — The Senate Ways & Means Committee Tuesday reviewed the provisions of legislation that would reaffirm the manufacturing sales tax exemption […]

for the week ending January 19, 2018

Governor Launches Rural Broadband Office:  Governor Eric Greitens announced Tuesday that the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), in partnership with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has launched a new state initiative to expand broadband infrastructure in underserved and unserved rural areas of the state.  The project’s first action will be to hire a manager […]

for the week ending January 12, 2018

Industry Issues on Agenda in House, Senate:  Among the more than 1,000 proposals introduced to date for consideration during the 2018 session are a number of high-profile issues impacting the telecommunications industry.   Following are thumbnails of industry bills up for consideration, along with links to the bill text, and comments on their status and impact. Telecom Tax […]

for the week ending January 5, 2018

Lawmakers Open 2018 Session:  State legislators returned to Jefferson City Wednesday to open the Second Regular Session of the 99th Missouri General Assembly.  Despite a  Republican super-majority in both chambers, infighting among  factions in the Senate, and a continuing battle with Governor Eric Greitens over interim appointments to the Missouri Board of  Education, are likely […]

for the week ending December 15, 2017

Pre-Filing Opens for 2018 Legislative Session:  The flood-gates opened December 1 for state lawmakers to begin pre-filing legislation for introduction  on January 3, the first day of the 2018 legislative session.  In the first two weeks of December, nearly  400 bills are teed up in the House, and another 250 in the Senate,  for formal […]

for the week ending December 8, 2017

Commission Opens Customer Experience Department:  The Missouri Public Service Commission has established a new department that will monitor all customer-facing activities and experiences, including investigating and making recommendations to the Commission on issues related to customer experience. The Customer Experience Department will be led by Contessa King, who previously served as the Commission’s outreach & […]

for the week ending November 17, 2017

Spring Seminar Set for St. Louis:  The 2018 edition of the MTIA Business Strategy Seminar  returns to the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis April 24 and 25.  Our half- day seminar on April 25 will feature Megan Hawks and her team from Nex-Tech for an in-depth presentation on two timely topics:   re-branding your […]

for the week ending October 27, 2017

PSC Unveils Major Rule Revision, New Program Proposal:  In an unanticipated move last week, the Missouri Public Service Commission  issued a request for comments on a series of proposed rule revisions related to Governor Greitens’ Executive Order 17-03.  The agency had previously indicated it was in compliance with the governor’s directive to analyze and reduce […]