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 job.  The campaign , “Show-Me Success Stories: Broadband in Rural Missouri”, has developed two narrative letter templates to help members share their broadband success story with state legislators, members of Congress, chamber of commerce executives, economic development directors, school superintendents, local media and other stakeholders. The association is also compiling success stories to present to state lawmakers and other key groups this fall and into 2018.

The FCC has declared August as “Rural Broadband Month”.  It’s a great time to highlight all we have done to connect and serve communities across Missouri. We will keep you posted on our progress.

TODAY is the Deadline for MATSS Exhibitors:  Be sure to register ASAP for your opportunity to exhibit at the 2017 edition of the Mid America Telecom Showcase & Seminar coming to Kansas City October 16 to 18.  The deadline to reserve exhibit space is TODAY, August 18.  Everything you need for the event can be found at MATSS Trade Show ’17      — hope to see you in KC.

Registration Open for MACC Conference:  MTIA member-company MACC has announced their always-popular 2017 Billing & Technology Conference.  The event gives MACC clients the opportunity to learn new skills related to the company’s products and network with peers facing the same telco issues.  The conference, held in Omaha, features two sets of meeting dates – September 6 to 8 and September 11 to 13.

For more information on the event, go to http://www.maccmbtc.com/ or call Kristi Rounds at 402-533-5184.

Industry Partner of the Week:  MTIA member 3M Company provides fiber and copper solutions for OSP, inside building connectivity, cable/fault locating and other telco challenges for Missouri’s telecommunications carriers.  For more information, contact Michael Adams, key accounts, at 913-314-4693; or visit them online at www.3M.com/telecom.

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