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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 […]

for the week ending June 2, 2017

Tick, Tock — Get in our Room Block:  Now that the calendar has turned to June, it’s time to get serious about registering for the 2017 MTIA Summer Conference, and getting lodging reserved in our group room block.  The block will be closing JUNE 19, and after that date, room rates spike up to standard […]

for the week ending May 19, 2017

Legislature Adjourns 2017 Session:  State lawmakers concluded the 2017 regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12; closing out a year marked by the passage of a record number of pro-business  bills, but marred by bitter in-fighting in the Senate.  Although the total number of bills seeing final passage is way down this year […]

for the week ending April 28, 2017

Lyon to Lead Association:  Jim Lyon, executive vice president and general manager Mark Twain Rural Telephone Company, has been selected as chairman of the MTIA board of directors.  Lyon was tapped by his peers on the governing body to accept the chairman’s position at the group’s  April 17 meeting.  He succeeds Jack Jones, who recently […]