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for the week ending October 13, 2017

Gillespie to Lead NEMR:  Industry veteran Michele Gillespie has been named as the general manager of MTIA member-company NEMR Telecom.  She succeeds Jim Sherburne in the position.  Gillespie joined NEMR  Telecom in 1995, and has served as assistant bookkeeper, accountant and more recently office & accounting manager.  She  graduated from Truman State University in 1986 […]

for the week ending October 6, 2017

Hayes Joins MTIA Team:  Kari Hayes joined the MTIA staff  September 25 as  business manager, succeeding Rose Dey, who is retiring after nearly thirty years with the association.  Kari has an extensive background in human resources management, training and meeting planning with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Office of State Courts Administrator, and the […]

for the week ending September 22, 2017

FCC Chairman Focuses on Rural Missouri: Several Missouri telecom providers and other stakeholders participated Wednesday in a roundtable discussion and presentation on rural broadband that featured FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.  The roundtable, organized by Missouri congressman Jason Smith, was held  at the West Plains Civic Center as part of Chairman Pai’s Missouri tour. Panelists discussed […]

for the week ending August 25, 2017

Senator, Governor Highlight Rural Broadband:  U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Governor Eric Greitens held a joint news conference last Thursday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia to highlight both the accomplishments of and the challenges facing rural broadband providers.  MTIA President Ric Telthorst participated in the event as well, and took the opportunity highlight […]

for the week ending August 18, 2017

Association Launches Communication Campaign:  We know our members do a great job in bringing advanced broadband service to very rural parts of Missouri.  The problem is, not enough community leaders and policy makers are aware of our success. To help our members tell their story, MTIA has begun a communication campaign to provide some tools […]

for the week ending August 11, 2017

Recess Great Time to  Reach Out:  Now that Missouri’s congressional delegation is back in the state for the August recess, it’s a great time to reach out to them and share your story.  Take advantage of the next few weeks to contact your member of Congress, offer to give them a tour of your facilities […]

for the week ending August 4, 2017

Lyon Re-elected as Chairman; Reeter and Morey Advance on Leadership Team:  Jim Lyon, general manager and executive vice president of Mark Twain Rural Telephone Company, will continue to lead the association into 2018, following the vote of the association’s governing body last week.  His re-appointment as chairman came during the association’s summer conference held last […]

for the week ending July 7, 2017

Governor Signs ‘Move Over” Bills into Law:  Governor Eric Greitens has inked legislation that adds utility vehicles operated by both telecom company employees and their contractors to the state’s existing “Move Over” law.  The bills containing the provision, SB 8 and SB 222, were approved June 29 and will become effective August 28. The new […]

for the week ending June 30, 2017

Steinolfson to Lead IAMO:  Industry veteran Tom Steinolfson has been named general manager of MTIA member-company IAMO, effective earlier this month.  Tom began his telecom career in 1988 at BEK Communications, a cooperative in Steele, North Dakota.  He worked his way up the organization, from construction and outside maintenance to installer- repairman, central office supervisor, […]

for the week ending June 16, 2017

MTIA Meets with Governor’s Staff on  Rural Broadband Program:  An MTIA task force met Tuesday with Governor Greitens’ staff and representatives of Education Superhighway to discuss details of the governor’s plan to fund fiber connectivity for rural Missouri schools.  The legislature has appropriated $6 million as state match money to draw down another $39 million […]